Pennsylvania’s Jack Frost and Big Boulder resorts have invested $5 million in snowmaking improvements for the 2006-2007 winter season, and to make the best use of that new snow, they have hired two of the East Coast’s top terrain park designers. In early September, Jack Frost/Big Boulder Resorts announced that Shawn Orecchio and Julian Arendarski had been hired to launch a new Parks and Pipes venture called “ParkLogic.”
“We are excited to welcome Shawn and Julian to Jack Frost/Big Boulder. As proven leaders in the park industry, their knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm will be great assets to our resorts,” said Jesse Boyd, General Manager of Jack Frost/Big Boulder.
Shawn and Julian formerly served as part of the “JibLab” fabrication and park design team, which has created terrain parks that have consistently rated in the top 15 in North America. Shawn will serve as Director of Freestyle Terrain. Julian is a certified welder, fabricator, and snowcat operator, and will lead ParkLogic’s feature construction and grooming efforts.
“Shawn and I have worked together for seven years and we are committed to developing the region’s most prominent terrain park program to date,” Julian said.
Big Boulder is taking a bold step of devoting nearly 50% of its overall terrain to park features. A preliminary layout includes 30 custom ParkLogic jibs, a new “progression” pipe, and a park design intended to promote learning and progression. The resorts will spend $1 million on capital improvements to support ParkLogic, including the 30 jib features, 2 new PistenBully snowcats, and a terrain park snowmaking system.
Big Boulder and Jack Frost are sister resorts located within six miles of each other in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania.
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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