Nakiska took a hiatus from its rail park. But the park returns this winter with new features and a progression to entice beginners and intermediates.

The new rail park, called NaJIBska, will have 18 features at when all are installed. The park, to be located on Elbow and accessed from the Silver Chair Express, will be open seven days per week. A mini-rail park launched by mid-December in preparation for the larger park's installation.

"We have had rail and box parks forever," Matt Mosteller, vice president for Resorts of the Canadian Rockies that owns Nakiska, told us. "But we did take a year off at Nakiska because we wanted to re-fresh the line offering, and it takes time to get custom built features."

The rail park's 18 new features include several boxes, rails, and a 12-foot wall ride. Several flat boxes comprise many of the features along with rainbow, battleship, C-, urban, and unbow boxes. Five rails varying in length from 15 to 27 feet will also be installed in the park.

Nakiska wants to keep the emphasis in the park on fun with features than enable beginners to get started and intermediates to find a challenge. "It can be very difficult to learn and requires lots of balance skills," said Mosteller. "We feel it's important to make a progression that will work for the never ever to give them the confidence to learn step by step in a quality environment."

Nakiska, like other RCR resorts, does not have Big Air jumps and has no plans to add them back in. "We took those out because too many people were getting seriously hurt," Mosteller added. "Also, we did not feel that we needed to have Big Air when we have so much natural terrain for guests to enjoy."

Lift tickets or season passes are required to access the park. Full day lift tickets cost $66 CAN for adults, $46 CAN for youth, and $20 CAN for children.

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