CRC clarify kicker situation

Wed 21 November 07

We asked what on earth was behind the owners of Fernie, Kimberley etc, decision to remove all jumps from their terrain parks this season. Here's the response.

Following on from the press release we posted last week regarding the decision by the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies to remove all man made jumps from their terrain parks at all of their resorts, which includes Fernie, Kimberley, Lake Louise and others. Here's the response from John Shea, VP of marketing & Sales.

"Based on the correspondence which we have received from you, we thought it important to clarify the status of our terrain parks for the 2007/08 season. First of all, our decision relative to terrain parks has been finalized, and to clarify, there will be no man-made snow jumps at any of the RCR resorts this season. This decision was based on our commitment to provide our guests with a safe experience at our mountains, and to avoid the inappropriate use of these jumps. Our challenge is to help some of our guests understand that while we cannot control natural hazards, RCR chooses not expose our valued guests, skilled or otherwise, to the air time involved in the use of man made snow jumps.

RCR will be operating rail parks at all of our resorts this season. New investments are being made in rail and box equipment at all RCR Resorts, with an aim to offer skiers and riders some of the best features of this nature in the country. More details about our parks, and a complete list of features will be posted to our websites shortly. We encourage you to visit www.skircr.com and click on the resort of your choice for regular updates, events and information. The new-format rail parks will have a good presence at our resorts, and they will be home to an RCR Rail Jam Series this season.

As an added safety initiative for the 2007/08 season, our parks will have controlled access. Visitors to our rail and box parks will need to acquire a season access pass, available at our resort Guest Services at a nominal cost of $5 per person. (For which you will receive a season access pass and a $5 certificate good at our Slopeside Coffee Bars.)

We take great pride in our resorts and our team works hard to deliver a positive experience for you our guest, and we hope that you will notice the ongoing improvements at our resorts during your future visits."

Please email us your views on this, as it seems a blatent cost cutting and lame liability issue, with resorts shitting themselves over the potential of getting sued if you knacker yourself up in the park. Recently Kenny Salvini was awared $14million damages from Summit at Snoqualmie, after he was paralysed after over shooting a jump back in 2004. An interesting article in the Denver Evening Post provides a full background to what seems now becoming a reality.

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