For the Showoff Terrain Park Designer, Eric Lange, Christmas came early last week, as he eagerly watched over 200 feet of brand new boxes roll into Panorama Mountain Village.
The shipment included two 24ft Straight Boxes, a 24ft 8/16 Flat Down Box, a 32ft Roller Coaster to Kicker Box, a 34ft 12/10/12 Flat Down Flat Box, a 34 ft 12/10/12 Down Flat Down Box, and a 36ft 10/16/10 Battleship Box.
“This is the biggest shipment we’ve ever received”, claims Lange. “They look even better than I imagined. I’m excited and freestyle riders should be too.” Lange won’t give away all of his secrets for the new terrain park, but here’s an idea of what to expect.
- Last year, the park was divided into the upper rail park and the lower jump park. This year, the rail line and jump line will run parallel to each other down the entire length of Showoff, increasing the number of back to back jumps and/or rails to approximately twelve, compared to last year’s six.
- Most jumps will have double take-offs, varying in size from medium to extra-large.
- A permanent “Big Air” jump will be built at the base of the park, to provide local pro’s with something to train on.
- The park program and design is being built with progression in mind. The Showoff Terrain Park is for intermediate and advanced riders and will offer a gradual increase in difficulty from medium to extra-large. An entry level terrain park will offer small and medium features out of sight from the chairlift.
- The new Showoff Terrain Park will be supervised by a full-time employee and a group of volunteers that will ensure all features are safe, educate users on progression and etiquette, and suggest appropriate features to match the skill level of riders.
- The Small-Medium Terrain Park will be situated in the night skiing area and will have more surface features and plenty of small jumps for beginners to build confidence.
The snowmaking department is currently focusing their efforts on Showoff, preparing the run for pre-season race training in November. This increased snow coverage will facilitate the early construction of park features, and if weather permits, Lange plans to have part of the terrain park ready for opening day on December 12th.