Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New Terrain Park Location

We are moving The High Divide Terrain Park. Over the years we have received feedback telling us two things, 1) A lot of people like the smaller features in the High Divide Park and 2) We should move the High Divide Park off of Sundance to give more room for beginner skiers. So... we are moving the park to the area around Towers 9 and 10 of Black Mountain Express. This area is easily accessible and currently lightly used. It will be completely off of Sundance. We are making snow there right now and anticipate the park moving sometime before Christmas. I took these photos yesterday. This morning I skied by the snow guns and we made a couple of very nice snowmaking piles there last night. The High Divide Terrain Park is designed to have small, entry level park features.

By the way, the skiing and grooming this morning was awesome. From late Thanksgiving to mid-December tends to be a very quiet time up here so come on up and enjoy the lack of lift lines and the un-crowded trails.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

if the park is small with entry level features then isnt it mostly designed for entry level users?
why would you put an entry level terrain park where people will not be very skilled right under a lift for everyone to watch?

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Great comment. We don't think an entry level park skier/rider is a entry level or never ever skier/rider. By the time a skier/rider starts experimenting with park features, we think he or she can ski or ride High Noon.

Dan said...

I think he was referring to the embarrassment factor vs. skill level...:-)

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

Got it on the embarrasment factor. That is tough. I am not sure of another place we can put it that is not under the lift. Being under the lift is funny, some people definitely want to be there and some people definitely don't want to be there.

Anonymous said...

why dont you put it at the bottom of sundance right in front of the bar? that way after a few drinks everyone would have a very large panel of judges to yell remarks at them.

honestly i think leaving it on the split between sundance and high noon is best. you can get to it from a green and blue, its halfway down so you can have a minute to prepare yourself, it doesnt impede on either trail really, and its fairly concealed so its not like youre putting on a show... why mess with success

Anonymous said...

If anything, I'd say A-Basin lift riders will be more encouraging to the riders. I know I'd enjoy the show on the way up and encourage others.

Let's not forget the original idea of re-distributing the traffic too.

Anonymous said...

I also like where it is now, between Sundance and High Noon.

Alan Henceroth - COO and Vice President said...

I think it's old location worked great for the park. It did not work as well for the green skiers. With so little green terrain, we felt we had to open that area back up green skiers. I appreciate all the comments and look forward to seeing how this new idea pans out. As always, I look forward to more feedback on this.

Anonymous said...

anyone who laughs at someone falling should realize they once fell. the attitude of some riders/skiers in this state is insane

Anonymous said...

i agree with that. my girlfriend gets all nervous cause people give her crap when she falls...shes snowboarded twice in her life.

its ridiculous. but it doesn't mean it doesn't happen...

the current location right now along the side of high noon doesn't impede any greens.

Anonymous said...

good move!!! i brought some beginners up on rail jam day and a snow boarder flew over the back of my 65 year old mom's skis on the way in the park. she quit for the day as she didn't feel it was safe. a-basin is a little low on the beginner/intermediate terrain and this helps! thank you.

Chris W. said...

I hope people aren't being serious about a park under the lift being a problem. Anyone doing a trick wants an audience!

Anonymous said...

It's a bad idea to have it under the lift, I know for a fact my girlfriend and my lesser skilled friends don't want to be faceplanting for the world to see. It's a comment I've heard more than once, that they get nervous with a lift full of people watching.

Hardline said...

I agree that haveing a beginner park under the lift is not the best idea. Inexpierenced people do get nervous when they are in the park and people are watching. It can be nerve racking enough trying a trick for the first time, let alone with an audience.As anyone knows, you want to be relaxed and confident before doing anything like that. It will be intresting to see if injuries actually go up because people are not longer as relaxed when hitting a rail or jump. Unfortunaltey I liked it where it was :(.