Stratton – Now Open for Big Air!
Take flight on the longest halfpipe in the East!
Stratton Mountain, VT – China has the great wall. Stratton has the great walls!
Progressive setups abound as the newest addition to Stratton's expansive terrain parks, the signature Superpark, opened earlier this morning.
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 five time U.S. Open half-pipe champ Danny Kass.
Tyrolienne, a terrain park that addresses every single rider, is also open with a fresh layout and design. There's plenty to ride for all levels including: a 10' box, 15’ A-frame, a 30' flat box and four smaller jumps perfect for learning new moves. It's here that skiers and riders will battle it out under the lights in the ongoing Vans Cold Wars Rail Jam series.
At the 2006 Olympics, boardercross debuted as a full medal sport. And under the guidance of Stratton Mountain School’s Mike Mallon, who also served as the head SBX coach for U.S. Snowboarding nine times, Langman’s parks crew designed a course one would only describe as ‘sick’ on East Byrneside.
Lower Middlebrook is highlighted by 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.