Welding, creating, and improving has gone on all summer on new features for the Steamboat terrain parks. You'll find 25 brand new rails and boxes in three progressive parks. The rails were all built on-site by the terrain park crew.
"Both the recreational and competitive skiers are looking forward to one of the best parks ever, with the addition of new rails, and the second year of Nick Roma running our park," says Jonah Drescher, a coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club told OnTheSnow.
Roma is an industry veteran who has been in Steamboat for a year. He was the only American at the Winter Olympics in B.C. who helped with the bordercross course.
"We're putting our efforts into our parks now so that they can be equal to Steamboat's reputation of a world-class resort. We're starting with small to medium features to get people into the sport, but then we'll have larger features available for those top athletes who want to train for the pro circuit," Roma said.
Roma plans to add a third groomer to the staff, also to help better maintain the 18-foot superpipe. "Our goal this season is to provide the same level of commitment to our halfpipe that other resorts like Copper Mountain and Breckenridge put in." Roma also says three kickers in the terrain park will be as big as any other resort in Colorado.
The Lil' Rodeo park is for beginners and it's just off the Christie Peak Express at the base of the mountain, down Headwall. Rabbit Ears is an intermediate park, near Rough Rider Basin, with 15 features. Get off at the top of Christie Peak Express and head down Main Drag or Boulevard to Big Foot.
The Mavericks Park is the big one. It's for advanced skiers and riders, with huge logs, rails, boxes, and jumps. One jump is affectionately known by the locals as Large Marge. The Mavericks Superpipe is built with the Zaugg 18-foot monster superpipe cutter.
The parks are also entertaining. You can ski around them, using your park etiquette, and catch some great tricks, especially by the local kids.