2008/9 Changes at Stratton
Thu 18 September 08
2 new trails, new Natural terrain park run in the Emerald Forest glade, the terrain parks & pipes are being moved around a bit, new groomers and a few other enhancements
Two new (yet to be named) intermediate trails in the Sunbowl area of the mountain, located off skiers right off of Sunriser Supertrail. The trails will be treated as glades this season with no snowmaking.
The largest off season glade project has been the creation of natural terrain features (ie: jumps, rails, banks, rollers etc) in the Emerald Forest glade. This process, originally used in the Test Pilot glade, utilizes logs, felled trees, rocks and other naturally occurring obstacles to create organic counterparts to features normally found in terrain parks. Stratton’s longest and most innovative glade, Test Pilot, is also receiving some attention this off season as some of the more densely treed areas are being thinned out to create better lines and more space to rip. All of the harvested timber will then be used to create features within the glade.
A NEW WAY DOWN
Easy Street will be a newly launched, three mile long, family friendly trail that starts at the summit and winds down to the base through Mike’s Way, West Meadow, Drifter Link and Old Log Road. Mountain Patrol will be stationed along the route as a reminder that this trail is designed for an easy-does-it style of skiing and riding. The route delivers big time views of the surrounding area and will cater to families, beginners and everyone looking to take it easy.
RETOOLED AND REVAMPED PARKS AND PIPES:
Suntanner trail will no longer host a terrain park but will instead have a Boarder-X course on its lower reaches
Tyrolienne will be the beginner/ intermediate park and will play host to a Saturday night, under the lights, series of events
East Byrneside and Old Smoothie will be the intermediate/advanced parks and will be updated with newer features for 08’/09’.
An 18 foot Superpipe will be built on Sunriser Supertrail (in the Sunbowl area) by MLK day or before if conditions permit.
Betwixt/Beeline will be a rail/jib park with multiple lines designed for all abilities of park riders.
NEW AND IMPROVED MACHINES: The grooming fleet is enhanced with a new Prinoth Sherpa Winch Cat (for grooming steep pitches) and a Prinoth BR350 terrain park cat with more horsepower and range of motion for better functionality when creating terrain park features.
BETTER EFFICIENCY AND LOWER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Stratton is investing half a million dollars in snowmaking energy efficiency programs including…
40 new low E tower guns which increase snow particle size leaving flakes less susceptible to wind, reducing air consumption and saving energy dollars, increases snow output, and reduces small snow particle fog.
The installation of a more efficient VFD pump which provides up to 30% energy savings with an Efficiency VT rebate attached to it.
A New 1700 cfm air compressor which creates 20 – 30% more energy efficient and better overall output.
[From press release]
Thu 18 September 08, Winter Park, USA
No specific on-mountain improvements this season but a new base and open gondola to get you from the carpark to the base
Thu 18 September 08, Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada
Everything is one time and on target for the ambitious project to link the 2 mountains with the huge gondola
Tue 23 September 08
The LG Air Bag Tour kicked of in style last week with massive airs being shown by participants at Norwich and Sheffield. So if you need to work on your Big Air Style or want to huck a backflip of glory, then get yourself along to a stop on the LG freeze Air Bag Tour 2008
Tue 23 September 08, XSCAPE Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Its Milton Keynes next on Saturday 27th September to host the hugely anticipated Quiksilver Big Air Championships. Stopping off at two local schools along the way the on the 25th & 26th September, the Tour continues its quest to inspire more newcomers, give away 100 FREE lessons, offer FREE demo testing and display some the best Snowboarding and Freeskiing in the UK
Wed 24 September 08, Snozone Castleford, United Kingdom
The 2008 British Snow Tour headed indoors to Castleford SNO!zone this weekend, Saturday 20th September, for the hugely anticipated Animal Slopestyle Championships