Park City All-Stars Represent Resort’s Commitment To Snowboarding
Park City, Utah – Park City Mountain Resort has named seven professional well-known snowboarders to the newly formed Park City All-Star team. Each rider is based in Utah and will serve as a representative of the Resort within the snowboarding world. “This is a dream team for Park City Mountain Resort,” says Bonnie Crail, vice president of marketing. “The Park City All-Stars represent some of snowboarding’s most respected and influential riders.”
Recent industry statistics have deemed snowboarding the fastest growing action sport in the USA with 5.3 million participants, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. “It’s insane that Park City Mountain Resort is stepping it up and catering to the needs of snowboarders and snowboarding. It’s going to be super fresh,” said Park City All-Star Jeremy Jones.
Seth Huot, another Park City All-Star says, “They’re going off with it. From the looks of it, the resort is taking a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude. I am pretty confident in the people behind the park that it is going to be good everyday.”
The All-Stars, formed by Jim Mangan, Park City Mountain Resort’s freeride manager and terrain park designer, represent passion, credibility and authenticity and will be directly involved in the design and development of pipe and terrain park offerings.
“The signature rail series is going to add a whole new level of legitimacy to the park. The Olympic halfpipe was the best pipe ever constructed on the face of the planet. I can’t wait for its return. Overall I don’t think there is a better place to be,” said Park City All-Star George Oakley.
“These athletes are idolized in the snowboarding industry, they are seen in the top rated snowboard publications and videos, and they are influencing the way kids perceive the industry. Their styles are mimicked based on the understanding that action sports are lifestyle oriented. In a sense, these athletes dictate the direction of the snowboard industry,” said Mangan.
Additional Park City All-Star team members include J.P. Walker, Chris Englesman, Chris Coulter and Micah McGinnity.
Park City All-Stars Biographical Information
J.P. Walker is arguably the best jibber in the world. He’s been featured in every Mack Dawg Productions video since 1997 (the highest selling snowboard videos in the world) and is featured in the Nixon Jibfest video, which will be released Fall of 2002. Walker was voted one of Snowboarder Magazine’s top five snowboarders in the world.
Jeremy Jones is recognized widely as one of sports world’s best combined snowboarders. He has a long time history with Mack Dawg Productions and is featured this year in two of MDP’s videos as well, “Nixon Jibfest” and “Pulse.” Jones was also voted as one of Snowboarder Magazine’s top five snowboarders in the world.
Chris Englesman is one of the best all round riders in snowboarding. Whether in the back country, park or pipe, he demonstrates all the skills. This year Englesman is ranked 9th in Snowboarder Magazine’s Top Ten Riders Poll, and his film parts consist of Robot Food’s “Afterbang” and Mack Dawg’s ” Nixon Jibfest.”
Seth Huot is one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars. On any given day, Huot can be found sessioning some of the gnarliest rails Salt Lake City has to offer. Transworld Snowboarding’s September Issue features him in their SLC Punks article, which highlights a new generation of Utah rippers. Huot’s video parts for 2002 include Kingpin’s “Happy Hour” and Mack Dawg’s “Nixon Jibfest.”
Chris Coulter is a hot young talent who has been living in Salt Lake City for the past five years. Whether it’s the park, back country booters or Salt Lake City rails, Coulter seems to up the ante for all riders when he’s involved. He can be seen in this year’s, “Happy Hour,” a film by Kingpin Productions, and in Transworld’s SLC Punks article.
Micah McGinnity can be summed up in one word: “style”. Proo snowboarder Chad Otterstrom calls McGinnity “his favorite rider.” That’s quite a compliment coming from one of the best snowboarders in the world. McGinnity lives in Utah and can be found pushing limits with friends Seth Huot and Chris Coulter. He appears in this year’s Kingpin Production’s ” Happy Hour,” Mack Dawg’s “Jibfest,” and is also featured in Transworld’s SLC Punks article.
George Oakley is a true park and pipe pro, having awed everyone at last year’s post – X – Games photo shoot while doing 15-foot heave-hoes out of the pipe. He is pushing the limits with cab 1080′s and 95-foot long backside rodeo 7′s. Oakley is in this year’s A New Movement Productions video, “Art Official” and the new Smith team video.
Park City Mountain Resort, located just 37 miles from the Salt Lake City International Airport, hosted six medal events for the 2002 Olympic Winter Game, including all Olympic Snowboard competitions. It will feature three terrain parks with pro rider signature rails, a halfpipe and a superpipe for this coming season. Its new freeride terrain features are open to skiers and snowboarders alike.