Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt., has opened a new, gladed terrain park with all-natural features made from fallen timber.
Dennis Brady, Okemo's resort park manager, said, "Combining the challenges of a gladed trail with a terrain park is the next natural progression in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. Having to negotiate the trees and the freestyle features, takes park riding to a whole new level."
Brady said that a wide array of features can be found among the Broken Arrow glades.
Okemo Parks and Pipes has set up three wall rides, two up-down jibs, three flat-down jibs, five flat logs, a flat-right "elbow tree," and several tree stump jibs.
Brady said, "We've set up a lot, but it's a constantly evolving park. Mother Nature is always changing the design whenever it snows or a new tree limb falls, and skier and rider traffic contributes to the layout as well."
Snowboarders naturally use natural features they encounter in their environment, but it was not until the months leading up to the 2009-10 ski season that Brady received official approval to construct a natural terrain park.
Okemo GM Bruce Schmidt said, "Broken Arrow is the culmination of much hard work and careful design on behalf of Okemo's Parks and Pipes crew and Mountain Operations staff. The new park further demonstrates Okemo's commitment to providing fun terrain features for our guests."
Broken Arrow was not named for the 1996 film starring John Travolta and Christian Slater. The park's concealed entrance off the Upper Arrow trail and many features made from broken timber within it influenced the name. In addition, Okemo has had a long tradition of recognizing the region's Abenaki tribe through trail names that reflect the American Indian culture.
Broken Arrow has been designated a double-black diamond trail intended for expert skiers and riders only. Okemo's other terrain parks include the Ross Powers Superpipe, RossCross family terrain cross park, the Amp Energy SuperPark, Hot Dog Hill, Innbound Park and Timberline Progression Park.