SKYKOMISH, Wash. (Jan. 13, 2004) — Stevens Pass today opened for skiers and riders its halfpipe in the Bent Monkey Terrain Park, named recently one of the country’s best ski terrain parks by FREEZE magazine.
“We invite everyone to come up to Stevens Pass and catch some big air in our freshly cut halfpipe, said Stevens Pass General Manager John Gifford. “It’s a popular terrain park feature for guests of all skill levels and something that everyone should experience at least once.
The walls of the halfpipe have been cut by Stevens Pass’ mountain-grooming team to slightly higher than the 12-foot standard for mountain halfpipes. Stevens Pass plans to reconstruct its halfpipe walls over the next few weeks to 17 feet high in order to meet Olympic- and X-Games specifications for superpipes.
“We anticipate opening the superpipe very soon, certainly within the next few weeks. We need just a little more snow, but it will be worth the wait, added Gifford.
Last year, Stevens Pass acquired one of the Bombardier H.P.G. R-17 pipe cutters used at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The state-of-the-art snow-sculptor — the only one of its kind in Washington state — is designed to cut pipes with longer arcs and higher vertical walls. This important design feature allows for smoother transitions between vertical walls and greater speed for skiers and riders who, as a result, can achieve greater amplitude, bigger tricks and safer landings.
The fully lit halfpipe and superpipe is open all day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting, and will be groomed throughout each week to maximize the skiing and riding experience for guests. The features will anchor Stevens Pass’ Bent Monkey Terrain Park, which includes 25 acres of mini-kickers, jumps and tabletops for every skill level. The terrain park is accessible by the Brooks and Skyline chairs at Stevens Pass. Superpipe clinics will be available through the Stevens Pass Ski and Snowboard School.
About Stevens Pass
Stevens Pass is located on the crest of the Cascade Range, on two national forests, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie on the west of the crest and the Wenatchee National Forest on the east. Stevens Pass typically receives about 450 inches of snow annually, covering 1,125 acres of skiable terrain — including 37 major runs and numerous bowls, glades and faces. The ski resort has a variety of terrain for every age and skill level. Stevens Pass is located 78 miles east of Seattle on U.S. Highway 2. It’s normally open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, conditions permitting. Spring operations begin in mid-March with operating hours changing to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at (206) 812-4510 or www.stevenspass.com.