Carrabassett Valley, Maine¿ Thanks to the cutting edge technology of Sugarloaf’s new HPG R17 grooming machine, guests of the mountain will be witness to the first SUPERPIPE Exposition this weekend. The newly unveiled Superpipe, boasting a height of fifteen feet and a width of fifty feet, will be used to demonstrate multiple feats of snowboarding tricks and all around gusto by various riders from around the area and beyond. It will also give guests at the mountain a chance to test out their pipe talents, with coaching tips available from Palmer Snowboard teamriders. Riders will even have the chance to be videotaped while cruising the pipe so that they may view their performance afterwards and learn from it. The first guests to arrive can receive vouchers good for one free QuickTune on their snowboards.
The event, sponsored by Palmer Snowboards, will be held on Saturday, December 15th, on the Superpipe, which is found on the trail, Chaser. Just below the Superpipe is the Stomping Grounds, Sugarloaf’s very own snowboard park. The park presents riders with an abundance of freestyling opportunities including tabletops, super kickers, mini-kickers, hip jumps and rail slides. The park, which opened this past weekend with an assortment of its jumps, expects to be in full swing over the next couple of weeks.
The Superpipe opened this week, thanks to the terrain-friendly weather the mountain has been receiving this season. The pipe’s success stems from research and development conducted last year through a joint project between Sugarloaf and Bombardier, a manufacturer of groomers. After much testing last season, the HPG R17 Superpipe Grinder, was put to full use by Eric Rosenwald, director of Snowboarding at Sugarloaf.