At 500 feet, Stratton Mountain Resort's SuperPipe is the longest on the East Coast. "It's the biggest pile I've ever seen," quipped Terrain Parks Manager Eric Langman as he paved the Sunriser Supertrail in snow. "It's the size of an aircraft carrier."
Unlike jet fighter pilots, who have the engine power to sustain high G for extended periods, skiers and riders will need to harness serious momentum if they want to score points for amplitude. Without a doubt, this behemoth will challenge everyone from local up-and-comer Tarik Blowers to pros with unbeatable skills like 5-time U.S. Open half-pipe champ Danny Kass.
Progressive setups abound and the newest addition to Stratton's expansive terrain parks, the signature Superpark, opens on Saturday, January 16.
Tyrolienne, a terrain park that addresses every single rider, is open with a fresh layout & design. There's plenty to ride for all levels including: a 10' box, 15’ A-frame, a 30' flat box and 4 smaller jumps perfect for learning new moves. It's here that skiers and riders will battle it out under the lights in the Van's Cold Wars Rail Jam.
In Torino in 2006, boardercross debuted as a full medal sport. Under Mike Mallon's guidance, a guy who served as the head boardercross coach for U.S. Snowboarding nine times, Langman's parks crew designed the sickest course on East Byrneside.
Lower Middlebrook is featuring medium sized hits set up throughout a mile long run. The 25' zig-zag, fabricated with recycled metal left-over from the 2009 U.S. Open, is one of the most unique and technically challenging features in the park.
With 40 acres containing multiple features, a dedicated park lift for shorter lap time and a 500 foot half-pipe on the Sunriser Supertrail alone, it's easy to see why Stratton's the home of the longest standing snowboard event on the planet.