Tucked into the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is the quintessential local resort, so it makes sense that its terrain parks are constructed out of all-local materials.
Sipapu officially open its “organic” terrain parks this week, with features built out of trees from the nearby forests.
“Personally, I think all terrain park features taste better when they’re raw, so we’re going by that motto for this season,” said staff member Manny Lujan. “These parks are old-school with skateboard-inspired tricks, and there are a lot of opportunities for both goofy and regular riders.”
The two organic parks, The Playground and Flight School off Lift #3, have seven all-wooden features in three styles:
· Log rails, with trees milled in half and mounted on stumps positioned at different angles for intakes and landings.
· Hitching posts, with two 12-foot-long pieces of wood mounted vertically and a third perpendicular to the fall-line for jibs or tab offs.
· Log taps, with logs 10-25 feet tall mounted vertically for ramping up or tapping off.
All the wood was harvested out of the Carson National Forest and milled by a log sawmill in Taos.
Sipapu’s third terrain park, Loose at mid-mountain, retains non-organic features such as rails, boxes, jumps and teeter-totters.
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