Ridin' the rails

BARB MARTOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

In this day and age of twin tip skis and freestyle boards, demand for top-notch terrain parks is high.

Just about every resort across the two western provinces have really upped the ante this year when it comes to design and feature elements. And park enthusiasts are reaping the benefits.

This past weekend, Sunshine Village unveiled its new Rogers Terrain Park with amazing results.

"I talked to a lot of the guys in the terrain park and to a number of people who were in there riding and skiing and they said we did a fantastic job, that we got it right," said Sunshine's Mike Moynihan. "A lot of the riders said the jumps had the right amount of pop to get them up onto the rails. Yeah they were saying it was bang on; they were excited and amped and all that stuff, so it was good."

The park covers eight acres and features seven boxes, three jumps, and seven rails. But that is only the beginning.

Moynihan tells me there is more to come. This week the crew has been working on some even larger and more difficult features as riders dial-in their expertise for the season.

For park supervisor Tim Hyndman, the success of the opening was a testament to the hard work he and his crew have been doing.

"We are so excited to have had such a fantastic launch for the Rogers Terrain Park," said Hyndman. "Our hard work really paid off, and we are stoked with the result. As the park grows to full operation, we still have lots of cool, creative ideas in store."

Panorama Mountain Village is also gearing up to unveil its newest park which will be bigger, better and more challenging.

"We've turned Powder Trail run into our new park," says Brad Brush, director of mountain operations for Panorama. "Eric Lange, our park designer has really created something special and he and his crew have been working very hard."

The new park is one kilometre in length and 40-metres wide. The top half features about 12 different rails while the bottom half will have table tops, wall rides and hip jumps.

"We're pretty excited about the park; not only will our guests get to enjoy a fantastic park with all its great features, but it will also benefit the racing community.

"Clubs like to use terrain parks to get used to handling air. It's a great way to build confidence and learn how to handle the rolls that come with the big race courses."


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