At 600 feet long, Mavericks is the longest superpipe on the continent

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado ¿ The Steamboat Ski Area opened Mavericks, its new superpipe, Saturday, December 22nd. At 600 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 15-foot walls, Mavericks is the longest superpipe on the continent. Mavericks is named after the renowned California big-wave spot and for the spirit of the independent riders in the Wild West.

“From its inception, Mavericks ¿ The Superpipe, has been designed to have the same impact in the snowboarding world that its namesake in California has had on the surf world. With the addition of Mavericks, Steamboat takes a giant leap forward in providing some of the most exciting snowboarding and freeskiing terrain in the United States,” said Andy Wirth, vice president of marketing for the Steamboat Ski Resort Corporation. “Our mountain operations crews have done an outstanding job on this project enabling the pipe to open in mid-December, one of its earliest opening dates ever.”

Mavericks’ skeleton constructed this summer provides the proper base to ensure its supersized dimensions will be maintained throughout the season. The Bombardier HPG-17 pipe grinder will help maintain Mavericks’ quality as needed 2-3 times weekly. Crews have been working night and day guaranteeing ideal conditions for its opening this week.

“It’s so huge, we could have named it the Grand Canyon,” said John Asta, manager of operations of Mavericks and Bashor’s terrain park. “It’s going to be big, so it will never be crowded, and it will allow skiers and riders to drop in at any time.”

Mavericks is located in Bashor Bowl, which is serviced by its own lift so skiers and riders can access the pipe and the park more easily. Mavericks is the first section of the terrain park to open, with the remainder of the park expected to open within two weeks.

“The park is also going to be quite a bit bigger, we’ll add more jumps and rails than last year,” said Asta. “We’re looking for it to be a challenge for skiers and riders so they can continue to improve while also seeing that everything is designed with their safety in mind.”

Mavericks and the terrain park are regularly used by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s snowboard and freeskiing teams. The USASA Snowboard Junior National Training will take place January 14-18th. Mavericks will also be the location of the USSA Snowboarding Western Regionals, February 20th and the American Snowboard Tour Halfpipe, Big Air, Boardercross, and Parallel G.S., February 22-24th.

Stay tuned to www.steamboat.com for the Photo of the Day and the Straight Talk Report for updates on Mavericks and its events.