Vail adds natural log slides to Jib Park
Golden Peak Park and Pipe site for The Session Jan. 16-18
VAIL, Colo., Dec. 31, 2002—Vail’s award-winning Golden Peak Superpipe and Park opened on Christmas Day, providing freeskiers and snowboarders with one the top-rated pipes in the country—the Superpipe tops out at 425 feet in length with 15-foot walls and 17-foot transitions. This summer improvements were made as dirt work was done to regrade the pipe area. In addition to the Superpipe, the award-winning park features more than 30 rails and six jumps with more to come when the lower sections of the park open.
“Overall, the Jib Park is longer and wider with more options and variations, so there are more possible lines you can take,” said Stephen Laterra, Vail’s terrain park designer and builder. “There’s a rail option for almost everything in the park- either on the jumps or next to the jumps, you have the option to hit a rail or go in the air.”
Located in the lower section of the terrain park, the Jib Park section is filled with rails and boxes for riders and skiers of all levels including small, flat straight rails that are lower to the ground for beginners as well as more challenging rails like an 8 foot high rainbow, a 40 foot long ‘S’ curve and a 40 foot long kinked rail. New this year, riders will find three natural log rails. Sculpted by a blade rather than a blow torch, the newest and most unique features are the three natural log slides — a 45 foot curved C, a 30 foot rainbow, and a 40 foot raindrop are set in the tree glades of the Jib Park. The new rails feature a 40′ long 6″ wide down sloped rail as well as a 35′ flat ‘shot gun’ rail.
Accessed by the Riva Bahn Express, a high speed quad out of Golden Peak (Chair 6), the Golden Peak Superpipe and Terrain Park have been specially designed to provide riders with an incredible experience that begins in the pipe and continues as they travel down the park through a series of jumps, hits tabletops and more. This year, both Transworld Snowboarding and FREEZE Magazine rated Vail’s pipe and park as one of the top 10 pipes and parks in North America.
The Golden Peak Pipe and Park will be the site of Vail’s new pro invitational snowboard event, The Session. Coordinated by the Vail Valley Foundation, The Session will feature a brand new format for snowboarding competitions with a rail competition and Super Slopestyle held at night under the lights and a cash purse of $110,000.
Each night, the competition start at 6 p.m. Beginning Friday night, and for the first time, women riders will join the men to compete together on three custom built rails. Riders will move from rail to rail during the two hour jam session for a shot at the title prize: $10,000 on each rail. After the conclusion of the competition on both Friday and Saturday a party on the snow will continue the night’s festivities. On Saturday, the one-of-a-kind Super Slopestyle competition is a bigger, better version of Slopestyle, including a big air and oversized rail options. Thirty-five elite male and 20 elite female riders will compete in four to six runs in a “jam” format. Planet Snowdesign will build both the Super Slopestyle and custom rails.
For more information on Vail’s Golden Peak Park and Pipe and the Session or for the latest lodging deals and snow conditions, log onto www.vail.com or call 800-404-3535.