VAIL, Colo. ¿ Jan. 21, 1999 – Last week, Vail opened its long-awaited Superpipe, which tops out at 425 feet long with 17-foot transitions at its Golden Peak Park. The new pipe and park have been specially designed to provide riders with an incredible experience that begins in the Superpipe and continues as they travel down the park through a series of jumps, hits, tabletops and more.
“There are several people that contributed their are ideas and hard work to making this pipe a reality,” said Ray Sforzo, director of snowboarding at Vail. “The end result of everyone’s hard work is a Superpipe that Vail truly can boast about. There are only three pipes of this caliber in the country and we’re excited to be able to offer it to local riders in their own backyard.”
Vail Terrain Operations crews consulted with Snow Park Terrain Experts, Chris Gunnision and Mike Binnel of Snowpark Technologies, as well as local pro Stephen Lattera to construct the pipe and design the park. “We wanted to make this pipe the best in the country, so we consulted some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry,” added Sforzo. “As Superpipes are becoming the half-pipes of tomorrow, we wanted to learn from the pros how best to develop this area for snowboarders.”
To keep the park and pipe in great condition, Vail has committed to grooming the area on a daily basis. A crew of terrain park specialist will evaluate the area each day to determine what maintenance work needs to be done. By machine or hand, the crew will keep the areas in top standards all day throughout the season. Dew Drop Inn
Another new feature of the Golden Peak Pipe and Park is the Dew Drop Inn, sponsored by Mountain Dew. The Dew Drop Inn is a heated yurt with vending machines, snacks, sodas, foos ball, video games, tool benches, music videos, a new sound system, as well as a 40-foot deck that provides great views of the Golden Peak Park and Superpipe.
To celebrate the opening of the new Superpipe, Vail is hosting a Superpipe Festival on Feb. 6. Celebration activities take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and include free food and beverages, expo and product testing area, as well as snowboard gear giveaways. Also debuting for the first time on Vail Mountain, the legendary local band, Sucker, will play on a stage at the top of the Golden Peak Terrain Park and DJ’s will spin between sets. The Festival promises something for everyone, and opportunities to watch pro riders going huge out of the pipe. For more information on the Golden Peak Park grand opening celebration activities, call the Activities Desk of Vail at (970) 476-9090.