22-Foot Super Pipe Now Open at Squaw Valley
Squaw’s terrain parks are going off with 53 features across four terrain parks, two half-pipes and a snowcross course.
[Olympic Valley and Alpine Meadows, Calif.] February 28, 2013 – Squaw Valley is excited to announce the opening of the resort’s 22-foot super pipe in Mainline on the resort’s upper mountain. The super pipe is the latest addition to Squaw Valley’s terrain parks, which now include two Start Parks and four terrain parks spread across the mountain. The terrain parks currently include a 13-foot mini-pipe and a snowcross-course under Big Blue Express, a five pack jump line and wide variety of jibs on Gold Coast, and the 22-foot superpipe in Maineline off of Siberia. With features ranging from mini learning features all the way up to pro-style jumps and jibs, the terrain parks at Squaw Valley have never had so much variety and offered snowboarders and skiers so many choices for park and pipe fun.
The park crew at Squaw Valley has been working with Snow Park Technologies (SPT) to develop and maintain top-level terrain parks for skiers and riders of all ability levels. SPT is the world leader in terrain park development and is responsible for the park builds at the Winter X Games and the Dew Tour. Start Parks located at SnoVentures and in the High Camp beginner areas offer the cutting-edge concept of terrain based learning. These snow-sculpted features help first time skiers and snowboarders make their first turns, ultimately reducing the time that it takes to learn how to link turns. View a video on Squaw Valley’s Start Parks.
For skiers and riders who just starting out in terrain parks, Squaw’s Belmont Terrain Park offers small to medium features in various shapes and sizes. The Belmont Terrain Park is now easier to access than ever before with high-speed access from mid-mountain via the resort’s new Big Blue Express and The Pulley – a modern rope-tow that helps skiers and riders make it across the flats. Squaw Valley’s new high-speed lift, Big Blue Express, also provides access to the resort’s new 13 foot mini-pipe and a new snowcross-course that winds through the terrain underneath Big Blue.
“Many of the small and medium features located in Belmont are actually “mini me” versions of some of the bigger features in Gold Coast,” said Jess Richitelli, terrain park manager at Squaw Valley. “We set it up that way so skiers and riders can get comfortable on the smaller features before they step it up to hitting the larger features in Gold Coast.”
One of the biggest improvement’s for Squaw’s terrain parks this year is the recently-expanded Gold Coast Terrain Park. The Gold Coast Terrain Park now features a five pack jump line featuring step-over and step down jumps, with each jump getting progressively larger. The expanded Gold Coast Terrain Park also offers a large assortment of jibs and the new custom GoPro feature consisting of three boxes on one ride-able elevated platform. Click to view and download photos taken in the Gold Coast Terrain Park.
Last but certainly not least is Squaw’s new 22-foot super pipe, located on Mainline – just one run over from the Gold Coast Terrain Park. The super pipe officially opened on February 15 in time for President’s Weekend, and has already been a huge hit with everyone. Click to view and download photos taken in the Mainline super pipe. Squaw Valley’s park crew and SPT are continuously working to keep the parks full of fresh features, so skiers and riders can expect more fun in the parks throughout the rest of the season.
Ride, Rest and Repeat Lodging Package
Ski or snowboard all day at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows, and kick back, rest, relax, and repeat it again the next day. With lodging options from slopeside to lakeside, Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe Reservations can help you pick the place that meets your needs. Rates start at $111 per person, per night.* Package is valid now through April 28, 2013, based on availability. Not available 2/15/13-2/23/13. Call 1-800-731-8021 or visit www.squaw.com/trip-planning/tahoe-vacation-packages/ride-rest-repeat to book.
*Rates are based on two people for two nights and two days of skiing or snowboarding. Two night minimum stay is required, not available for group bookings.
About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is internationally renowned for legendary terrain that spans 3,600 skiable acres, six peaks and 30 chairlifts, and ranges from an expansive mountaintop beginner area to unrivaled expert steeps, trees and bowls. Off the mountain, families relax in The Village at Squaw Valley around the cozy fire pits or enjoy a host of restaurants, bars, boutiques and art galleries. Guests can stay in one of The Village at Squaw Valley’s one, two or three bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, kitchen and balcony, for the ultimate slopeside lodging experience.
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Skiers and riders can now access 6,000 skiable acres, 43 lifts and 270+ trails at Squaw and Alpine Meadows on the Tahoe Super Pass or any lift ticket.
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