Although i am usually at sugarloaf every weekend, there is a local hill close to my house, that has just about the worst attempt at a park i have ever seen. My friend and i were playing with the idea that we could talk to the manager and see if he would let us build them a park in exchange for free riding there, or something like that. We would be having fun building features and maintaining a park, while getting to jib all week then still ride the loaf on the weekends. Is there anyone who does something like this? and what kind of duties do you really have as part crew? this is just an idea and we dont really know if it will work out yet
You could definitely do better than 2 pvc pipes and a spine. But adjust your expectations to what you're actually prepared to put into it time wise. Like mentioned above, a "real" park is a lot of work, and also takes specialised equipment. However making 7-8 fun jibs should be doable with two guys volunteering. I would skip jumps, seriously even small ones take shitloads of maintenance, especially since a fair share of gaper's would be hitting them= rutted out take off's and landings. And try to get your hill to buy some rails for you, the PVC ones will break quite often.
You have to be realistic. I doubt you are going to be able to walk into the manager's office with no prior resort experience and convince him that you can do his job better than him. A lot of the time there are certain stipulations made by the resort that can restrict everything from the hours needed to build the park, daily/nightly maintenance, and the size of the park/features.
Park staff is a sweet job though
In other news, I'm not sure of all the details but the crew at Sun Peaks looked like they worked sooo hard. Stripped all the mini rails everynight and set them up differently every morning, sometimes with total cray takeoffs and kinks etc. I was impressed.
I did the same thing for a while for a tiny mountain with a crappy park in Michigan. Went to the manager, said I had experience (I lied) and wanted to volunteer, and got lift tickets in exchange for a few hours of shoveling per day. Worked out well, got to shred for free, and the park was no doubt better than it was before (although that doesn't say much).
I have to point out though, there's a huge difference between being a volunteer with a shovel, and being "park crew," which I moved on to afterwards at resorts with bigger and better parks. Since you're asking about the duties of a real park crew, they include but are not limited to: daily park opening and closing, daily park maintenance, on-hill presence, first aid response and poacher response, placement of park signage, fencing, bamboo etc and an understanding of where and why it needs to be placed, close coordination with grooming staff to ensure your urban lips aren't getting run over every night, park layout and flow analysis, risk analysis of the features you build, and fall guy for when someone breaks their neck on your feature and sues the ski resort.
What I did with the small hill near my house, titcomb, is I went to a couple board meetings and convinced the members to invest in some new features, and possibly hire a group of people to perform park crew duites. If its small maintenance shouldn't be a problem, just approach the owners with a solid idea and a way to improve the park, go from there.
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Yep. It can also involve a lot of events work if your hill doesn't have a large events staff and possibly operating/enforcing a park pass program if your hill requires one.
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