[Alpine Meadows, Calif.] February 12, 2013 – Park fiends in Tahoe, get stoked. The much-anticipated mile-long park is now open at Alpine Meadows. Located in North Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows has always been on the cutting edge of park setups, but this season is set to be the best yet. Designed under the guidance of Alpine's Terrain Park Manager, Jonahs David, and Snow Park Tech (SPT) Project Manager, Corley Howard, Alpine’s park is the only mile-long consecutive run in Tahoe including more than 40 features (all of Alpine's combined parks offer more than 80 features total). Named the “Firing Line” the intermediate to advanced park accessed via the Summit Chair, includes a series of jumps, jibs, wall rides, hips, and just about any type of feature one could imagine.
“You’ll be able to get really creative with your lines and ride the park in a lot of different ways,” said Squaw and Alpine team rider, Pat Moore. “I’m excited to have a lengthy park to get long, fun runs with my friends. Having a mile-long park means more opportunities to learn tricks and less time on the chairlift.”
The mile-long park is the only one of its kind in Tahoe, and will resemble a slopestyle course with different sizes of jumps side-by-side, and many unique jib features that won’t be found anywhere else. Features currently installed include a large S-rail, canon tube, wrecking ball, hitching post, oil drum, and various rails and boxes. Some features are built with recycled snowmaking pipe, lending another unique touch by incorporating a sustainable material. There will certainly be no shortage of lines to choose, making this one of the most advanced and technical parks for learning new tricks. If a rider doesn’t want to lap the entire mile-long run and the upper advanced section, they can opt for just the lower section of the Firing Line, accessed via the Round House chairlift. For those that prefer an option with small to medium features, there is still a mile-long run if riders take Loop Road and hit the Side Winder park, then continue through Hot Wheels Gully and hit The Bunker near the base.
Terrain Park Manager, Jonahs David, has worked closely with his crew and SPT, the leader in snow park building for more than 15 years, to ensure the best flow and setup throughout the lengthy run.
“I've always liked the idea of a long park with a ton of options,” said David. “Our goal is to have a top-to-bottom park that rivals any other park out there. We are trying to match our world-class terrain with a world-class terrain park.”
David and his on-site crew of 17 will continue around the clock, testing the setup and changing out features to keep it interesting and exciting throughout the season.
“Our goal is to provide many options with a good flow,” said David. “We have a foundation of jumps and snow features that we set all our jibs around. We try to swap jibs out every couple weeks to keep it from getting stale.” David also said they are planning on doing a big rebuild in spring to match the snow conditions. In addition to the Firing Line, Alpine also has a separate small progression park for beginners called Cannonball and a jib arena, dubbed The Barracks, at the base of the mountain. There is also a start park, Boot Camp, which is a dedicated teaching terrain with micro-features, gentle transitions, soft pitches and signage that explains how to ride the features. With endless park options this winter, it looks like Alpine is definitely the place to check out.
About Snow Park Technologies Snow Park Technologies (SPT) is the world's leading consulting team for special projects on snow. SPT's wide range of expertise includes designing and building some of the most renowned resort terrain parks and halfpipes, high profile ski and snowboard competition courses and countless on-snow productions. Please visit www.snowparktech.com.
About Alpine Meadows Alpine Meadows' seven powder bowls, summit-to-base groomed slopes, and authentic hospitality are among the many attributes that have made the resort a favorite of the local community and visitors alike. Alpine Meadows offers skiers and riders access to more than 100 trails across 2,400 skiable acres serviced by 13 lifts. With its high annual snowfall, the resort boasts one of Tahoe's longest skiing and boarding seasons.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined forces in November 2011, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on one lift ticket or season pass. For more information about Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, visit www.squaw.com or www.skialpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206.