Discovery Ski Area, located in Phillipsburg, Mont., designed a new terrain park that will take shape as the snow piles up this winter. The resort hopes to launch its Bighorn Freestyle Terrain Park Thanksgiving Day, when the lifts start up for the season.

The 2.5-acre park is located at the bottom of Claimjumper on Rumsey Mountain, but above the turnoff to Platinum. At opening, the park will contain a straight rail, a flat fun box, and a flat-down fun box. Two jumps, including a 35-foot step-down jump, will be built as soon as snow permits.

The crew plans to reshape features throughout the winter. "Our goal is to have really high-quality features that are fun and safe all season long," says Ciche Pitcher, Director of Resort Operations. "The area won't be huge, but you'll be able to spend hours there working on your jumps and slides."

Discovery's Snow Sports School will also offer $75 five-week freestyle coaching programs for all ages to learn to grind on rails and jump. Session one begins Dec. 27, and session two starts Feb. 7. Coaching sessions meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Helmets are required for the program, but are available for rental. Cost of the program with helmet rental is $100. Call 406-563-2184 for more information on the programs.

Tthe resort plans to give away free Discovery Chocolate Chip Cookies, hot from the oven on opening day, to celebrate the inauguration of the new park.