Bear Creek Iron Works, the mountain's in house fabrication shop, builds 95 percent of the features. "We're pushing to be the best terrain park in the Mid-Atlantic region," said Andy Lenart, Bear Creek's terrain park manager.
Cascade Park, Bear Creek's expert level terrain park, was widened to more than 225 feet, doubling its size. Additional lighting and nine automated snow guns were other upgrades. Cascade Park features expert level, super park style jumps and features. Cascade also includes an urban line with street style features, starting with a 6- to 12-foot high cliff drop and ending with a 25-foot staircase. An 80-foot tall poplar tree in the park will be converted to a tree bonk.
New to Black Bear Park, the mountain's intermediate terrain park, will be a 45-foot long and 20-foot wide staircase, designed with an up-flat-down set-up. The staircase will have multiple features, including a ledge box with side handrail and an up-gap-down rail. Black Bear Park will house of Bear Creek's 750-foot long halfpipe.
Grizzly Family Park, Bear Creek's beginner level terrain park, will have smaller boxes, rails and jumps. The Bear Creek Freestyle Coaching Program, new this year, will be based in Grizzly Park.
Here's a merging of marketing strategies: The local Subaru dealer has donated a Legacy which will have a rail mounted to its roof. And all the terrain parks at Bear Creek have been reconfigured to allow one entry reducing cross traffic and creating a safer, more user friendly area.