Wrightwood, CA – October 19, 2009: Did you spend your summer checking hand rails…wondering what they would be like with snow, studying the latest snowboard films, or filling up tablet after tablet with sketches? We did. In fact Justin Montoya and the Faultline Terrain Crew have been busy since the close of last winter deliberating on the best ideas and layouts for this year’s park program. At Mountain High nearly the entire West Resort is dedicated to the park, and this season snowboarders will find more than 15 new boxes and rails to ride plus signature jibs from MFM and Cory Cronk and natural features in both the Gulch and The Reef. Mountain High has also equipped its park crew with four new, specially-designed park cats from Prinoth to ensure these new elements are groomed to perfection.
Up until just last week, the Faultline Terrain Crew has been working tirelessly on their new line of rider-friendly features. Built with learning in mind, these entry-level jibs now permeate the park, providing a platform that everyone from mid-level riders to top-notch pros can progress on. These include but are not limited to a 60 foot Gateway Box, a new Podium Box, a 4×20 foot double roller box, and a selection of 20 foot boxes ranging from 2 feet to 4 feet wide. Does that mean Faultline has hung up its hat on pro features though? Far from it! Snowboarder Cory Cronk has a new jib this year called the Cronk Bonk. Set to be released on December 5th, 2009, the bonk is a vertical feature with two diagonal take offs popping up to a floating log stall. Starting at 10 feet high, the jib hides two hydraulic lifts which can easily raise the top up to 12 feet high adding to the difficulty and the danger. What became of the Cronk Rail you ask? It was converted into three separate features including a huge lexan butter pad. MFM’s feature is still on the drawing board and set to appear mid season.
In addition to works built out of metal and brawn, Faultline has expanded its reach to The Reef, resulting in a new line of natural log features built for the everyday rider. Look for them as you make your way down from Inferno Ridge on a snowy powder day. This follows last year’s experiment in the Gulch where fallen trees, steep banks, and hipped jumps created a new park sensation.
To place these features and build the laundry list of jumps for which Faultline is famous, the team was given the youngest fleet of grooming machines in the region. Four new, park-specific Prinoth Bison Xs which boast industry-leading power-to-weight ratio and more aggressive blades to increase productivity. The ability of these machines combined with the mountain’s ever growing building staff means more consistent park development and better all-mountain grooming on a nightly basis.
Mountain High is committed to providing the best possible park, and, more than ever, riders are singing its praises. These include professional snowboarders such as Marc Frank Montoya and Louie Vito who now ride for the Southern California resort.
Mountain High is Southern California’s closest winter resort located just an hour and a half from Los Angeles and Orange County. The area consists of three separate mountains (Mountain High East, West, and North), and offers a wide variety of lifts and trails, the world class Faultline Terrain Park, and the region’s largest tubing park. Snowmaking covers more than 80 percent of the slopes, and the resort operates seasonally from November to April. Guests can get up to the minute snow and weather conditions at mthigh.com