After being selected as the East Coast’s number one terrain park by TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine, Seven Springs has announced some new enhancements to ensure they stay there. Among the many mountain-wide improvements for the 2011/2012 season, those focused on their freestyle terrain riders are the most drastic.
Seven Springs will partner with Forum Snowboards and park building gurus at Snow Park Technologies to design and build the first-ever urban terrain park. The park, fittingly dubbed The Streets Urban Park, will replicate a city landscape providing endless possibilities for freestyle skiers and riders—while tapping into an evolving trend in snow sports culture.
Snow Park Technologies is working with Seven Springs to design The Streets Urban Park, opening this season. Photo Courtesy of Seven Springs.
“We are super stoked to be building the first-ever urban terrain park,” Action Sports Director Joel Rerko said. “Having a park that caters specifically to urban-style riding will solidify Seven Springs’ position as a leader in the industry. We are psyched to be able to offer something so unique to our riders.”
And the list goes on from there. This season the Superpipe, also ranked number one in the East by the TransWorld poll, will see a four-foot growth spurt, raising the walls from 18 to 22 feet, or Olympic regulation. This will make it one of two Olympic-sized pipes on the east coast—the other is located at Killington, Vt.
Both of these improvements will come in handy when the resort hosts the Gatorade Free Flow Tour on Feb. 4-5, 2012.
The 18 foot walls on Seven Springs' halfpipe are expanding to 22-foot, Olympic regulation this season. Photo Courtesy of Seven Springs.
Beyond the park, Seven Springs will also be designating a new beginner area—Easy Rider—at the base of Stowe Slope including a new Magic Carpet.
“Our team at Seven Springs is passionate about igniting excitement about snowsports.” Director of Mountain Operations Iwan Fuchs said. “Ensuring that our students have a successful and fun lesson is our number one goal. The Easy Rider area is another example of our passion and dedication to the growth of skiing and riding.”
Four chairlifts have been retrofitted, shaving nearly one minute off the trip up. Photo Courtesy of Seven Springs.
The resort's rental center received a complete overhaul over the summer months and a new fleet of Rossignal boots, bindings and skis equipped with "Autoturn Rocker Technology" to help advancing skiers get dialed in.
Lastly, but possibly most important, the resort has retrofitted several of their lifts with new drive stations, bull wheels and other parts to shave as much as a minute off ride time. That means less time on the lift and more time on the snow.
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