Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will find reason to celebrate this winter at Seven Springs, as the Pennsylvania resort unveils the first-ever urban terrain park. Seven Springs will also be expanding its Superpipe to a regulation Olympic-sized halfpipe. TransWorld SNOWboarding magazine has selected Seven Springs as the East Coast’s number one terrain park and number four halfpipe in North America, and these enhancements should further burnish the resort’s reputation in terrain park design.
Inspired by the stash parks of NorthStar, Killington, and Jackson Hole, the new Streets Urban Park will replicate a city landscape. Presented by Forum Snowboards, the park is being created in part by Snow Park Technologies, a leading snow project consulting team. With the addition of the Streets Urban Park, Seven Springs will offer over 50 features spread across six separate terrain parks.
“We are super stoked to be building the first ever urban terrain park,” said Joel Rerko, Action Sports Director. “We are psyched to be able to offer something so unique to our riders.”
The halfpipe at Seven Springs will also undergo a transformation, with its 18-foot walls rising to 22-feet in height. This will make the halfpipe one of only two Olympic-sized halfpipes on the East Coast.
“The goal of the Superpipe has always been to provide a venue for competitions and become a training ground for the evolution of freestyle skiing and riding,” said Rerko.
The pipe will be put to use on February 4-5, 2012, as Seven Springs hosts the Gatorade Free Flow Tour for the first time.
If you’re not an expert freestyle skier or snowboarder, don’t fear -; Seven Springs has also made some enhancements for you.
A new beginner area has been added at the base of Stowe Slope, serving as a way for new skiers and snowboarders to transition from the Beginner Bowl to green circle runs. A state-of-the-art 180-foot Magic Carpet has been installed in this new beginner area.
Iwan Fuchs, Director of Mountain Operations and a contributor to DCSki, notes that “Our team at Seven Springs is passionate about igniting excitement about snowports. The Easy Rider area is another example of our passion and dedication to the growth of skiing and riding.”
Four chairlifts were also retrofitted over the summer, providing a noticeable speed increase as they shuttle skiers and boarders to the top of the mountain.
The North Pole lift has been enhanced to travel 35 feet per minute faster. The new 425 feet-per-minute speed will shave around 40 seconds off the trip up. Cortina is increasing its speed from 350 to 400 feet-per-minute, reducing the trip by almost a minute. The Tyrol lift is increasing its speed from 385 to 425 feet-per-minute, and the North Face lift is increasing its speed from 400 to 425 feet-per-minute. Seven Springs reports that the Blitzen chairlift also received a new drive station, bull wheel, gear box, auxiliary power unit, and haul rope; these enhancements will shave 60-90 seconds off its travel time.
Finally, the rental center at Seven Springs has been re-designed and outfitted with the latest equipment from Rossignol.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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