words: Pat Bridges
In two weeks an event twenty years in the making returns to its most stoic setting, Mammoth Mountain.
In 1997, SNOWBOARDER Magazine was fed up with terrain park progression being stifled by insurance adjusters and out of touch resort operators, so we decided to take matters into our own hands. We gathered an elite group of riders including Peter Line, Bjorn Leines, JP Walker, Kevin Young, Billy Anderson, Mikey Leblanc, JJ Thomas and Tom Gilles, and ventured north to the less litigious environs of the BC Interior where a private freestyle oasis conjured by none other than park building pioneer-turned-surreal artist Mike Parillo awaited at Big White. Two decades later, the limits of snow sculpting and trickery continue to get pushed at Superpark.
SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Nexen Tires, Oakley and Pisten Bully are stoked to bring Superpark 20 back to Mammoth Mountain, CA, a resort that has shaped the event more than any other in its two decade history. From the game changing Berzerker in 1999, to providing the platform for a relatively unknown eighteen-year-old from Jackson Hole named Travis Rice to vault a 120-foot backside rodeo onto the world stage in 2001, to sending Jake Welch three stories above the Sierras in 2009, the Superpark benchmarks set at Mammoth are too numerous to mention and this year we are pulling out all of the stops to keep adding to that list.
Collaborating with the Mammoth Unbound staff in creating Superpark 20 will be a stellar mix of the best terrain park builders in the game today, including representatives from Bear Mountain, Seven Springs and Boreal. We are bringing in more machines, extending the build schedule and calling out markers with Mother Nature to make sure the setup off of Mammoth’s Chair 10 and Chair 5 is the best one yet. While the Superpark venue is a private park, you can keep track of all the action on Snowboarder.com. In the meantime here is Part 1 of our Mammoth Superpark Greatest Hits Gallery.