Free-skiers and riders are being turned loose for a walk in the park Saturday as the Steamboat Ski Area opens Mavericks Superpipe and a majority of the rails and jumps in the SoBe Terrain Park.
In a typical season, Mavericks opens before the rest of the terrain park. Heavy snow and ideal snowmaking conditions this season have allowed the ski area to step up the pace in the terrain park before the arrival of holiday skiers and snowboarders.
The terrain park, in Bashor Bowl on the lower portion of Mount Werner, has a new crew shaping the air hits and rail riding opportunities this year.
Longtime Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Director of Slope and Vehicle Maintenance David Crisler has two new terrain park designers. They are Kevin Cates from Stowe, Vt., and Heath Corwin, an Ohio native. Corwin has held the park builder position at Cranmore Mountain for two years. He has experience at Okemo Mountain, Vt., and Attitash Mountain Resort, N.H.
Terrain park maintenance supervisor Jeff Greubel will oversee daytime maintenance operations in the terrain park. Frank Case, trail supervisor, will put his stamp on the terrain park, designing and shaping the features. Corey Custer is a terrain park groomer.
"The team has repositioned several features in the park and added new elements that I know will delight and challenge free riders of all ages and abilities," Crisler said.
Steamboat promises to install new rails in the SoBe Terrain Park after the last Jib Jam in Gondola Square on Jan. 13.
"We've worked hard over the last few years to design an area that continues to be innovative, challenging and set up with terrain suitable for all free-riding ability levels," said Doug Allen, vice president of operations for the resort. "The ultimate goal of our terrain park crew is to make one of the best parks and pipes in Colorado."
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