Chubz.Blows my mind to see so many threads like this.
Park building isn't hard at all...like at all. Close parks an hour/half hour before the resort closes and go to town rebuilding lips, takes 10-15 minutes to properly rebuild a lip after a rough day, less than that if you maintain the park through out the day.
Being on park crew I get how some days you just wanna ride and enjoy the day on the hill but if lips need raked you gotta stop and do it, it takes a little effort to make everybody's experience more enjoyable. Sucks that so many people are experiencing this
Basic maintenance isn't rocket science but a lot goes into the parks in general if you really want to keep things top quality.
That said I have no patience for places who come nowhere close to their potential regarding there layouts and day to day maintenance.
If you have several parks and a shit ton of features, maintenance can be pretty crazy especially in the spring. If you don't have any weak links on the crew, and people stay up with everything you can avoid a lot of problems though. Still, even with salting and mid day rakes sometimes the end of day canvas is completely fucked.
Def agree though. There is time to ride and time to work. If you're riding all day regularly the park should be immaculate. If the takeoffs are skew, rails are leaning to the sunny side, gnar ruts, choppy sides etc, you should be on that shit.
Any place could have a pretty dope park, it's just finding the staff that's motivated and knowledgeable enough to make it happen.Then keeping them happy enough that they stick around.
Things are getting a ton better, but a lot of mtns have a long ways to go. Everyday at some random mtn isn't a photoshoot or pro event, but it's not that unreasonable to maintain them to an extent as if it were.
When I ride a park that's set up well and meticulously maintained, I'm way more likely to throw down harder than if everything looks sketchy as fuck.