Great Divide Snowsports is shooting to be the Montana Mecca for terrain parks. Their terrain park crew, which specializes in creative home-built features, is adding a new park this winter.

The new Rowdy terrain park gives beginners a place to start. "It's our extra small park with features low to the ground," Chris Crawford, terrain park manager, told OnTheSnow. "It's designed to be the very first park you step in to." It is built with only snow features, such as rollers and small take offs-no rails and boxes.

The new Rowdy park brings Great Divide up to five terrain parks with 65 features. Crawford and his crew are building 20-25 new features, the majority of which are portable to be moved around.

Great Divide is known for its signature features. The Rodeo Terrain Park ends in a gigantic wall 32 feet wide by 20 feet high. "It's massive," said Crawford. "It took days to paint this summer." The park also includes a hip-height pink and lime green four-kink rail. The Wildwood Park, built in the woods with wood features, had a new line features installed this summer.

Owner Kevin Taylor gives Crawford and the park crew free rein to employ creativity. "The guys give me lists of metal and wood. Then they build and weld cool stuff from it," he told us. "I gave them a cabin for storage, and they turned it into a jump." Taylor also purchased a new park cat this year for shaping features.

Three of the parks were up and running by mid-December with plans to add the fourth as soon as possible. Rodeo is the last to be finished due to large volumes of snowmaking needed, but Crawford expects it to be ready earlier than usual, possibly by early to mid-January. "We're running ahead of schedule this year," he said. Features in the parks swap around throughout the winter for variety.

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