By: Cody Raisig
First Appeared: October 2002
Park City Mountain Resort in Utah has taken a giant step toward their plans of having one of the nation's best terrain parks and halfpipes by hiring Jim Mangan as the new Freeride Manager.
Mangan, formerly of Aspen, is rated among the top four terrain park designers in the world. His resume includes designing the two-mile long 2002 X Games slopestyle course, building special terrain features for Matchstick Productions and IMAX movieshoots, as well as constructing the 2000 and 2001 Swatch skiercross courses.
Mangan is now in charge of Park City's three terrain parks (each park will be geared to different levels of riding Ãâ beginner, intermediate, advanced), two halfpipes, the Park City Allstars (the resort's sponsored team of pro and local riders) and the signature jibs and rails in which pro riders will help to design.
"We will have some terrain features next season built for the general public and some way more challenging ones designed for the core world of riders and freeskiers," said Mangan.
To ensure Mangan's success in maintaining the top-notch parks and pipes, Park City has committed over a million dollars toward freeride-specific initiatives. The investment includes the purchase of the Super Dragon, the pipe-cutting machine which shaped the Olympic superpipe last year, terrain park-specific machines know as the Park Bully and the installation of an extensive new snowmaking system built exclusively for the pipe and park areas.
For more information on the terrain park and halfpipes, check out http://www.parkcitymountain.com. And once the season gets going, look for a live interactive web camera of the Eagle Superpipe.