The terrain park crew at British Columbia’s Big White Ski Resort spent the offseason overhauling some of the old park features and thinking up new ones. But the biggest new feature this year may be Big White’s new website designed just for the terrain park crowd.
A decade ago, Big White installed a 1,800-foot-long double chair to accommodate park riders and added dirt work structures to support park features. Building the park annually on those dirt features requires an ongoing process that deals with the elements at hand—the snow that accumulates.
“Our park depends 100 percent on natural snow,” Big WhiteTerrain Park Manager Flynn Seddon said. “We have snowmaking on the cross course, but not in the park.”
Because of the terrain park’s reliance on natural elements, snow features grow throughout the year while rails and boxes can be installed with minimal coverage.
Rider Sean Doucet slides on a box in Big White's TELUS Park. Photo Courtesy of Big White Ski Resort.
“We start off with small features and as the season rolls through, we progressively build towards full size features,” explained Seddon. “Smaller features will be available for the Christmas holidays, but then we will do a new park rebuild after New Year’s Day and let it grow.”
This year, the resort dropped $10,000 into the terrain park. Some of the funds went toward summer grooming and dirt work while the rest is allotted for new rails and boxes.
“We wanted to take the old dirt structure into a mounded shape to create a better feature,” Seddon said. “We also partnered with one of the local shops that is building a large stair set.”
A photo of the new stair feature with 15 steps is available online. Park fans can also check out the designs online for two new rail features to be installed this winter.
Skier Ryan Pendleton hits a box in Big White's TELUS Park. Photo Courtesy of Big White Ski Resort.
Perhaps the biggest new feature at Big White this winter is the new TELUS Park web site. It is designed to dive into behind-the-scenes information. The park crew intends to keep it up-to-date with news about feature builds, the TELUS Park team, local rider profiles and events. Park riders will be able to contribute photos and videos, and every feature will be displayed, including rails and elements in the ski cross course.
As part of the launch of the new website, the resort is holding a contest. The winner will receive a 2012 Stepchild Snowboard, a custom snowboard stance and alignment from Dizzy’s Big White Shop, a GoPro camera, and a weekend for two people at the Inn at Big White.
You can enter the contest online http://www.bigwhite.com/telus-park/event-calendar/telus-park-contests " target="_blank">here, and the winner will be chosen on the park's opening day this season. The tentative opening day for the resort is Dec. 3.
Find the link to the new Big White TELUS Park website here.