The Fall Line

Kids Get Free Lessons At Park CityEvery child age six through eighteen enrolled in school in the state of Utah will have the opportunity to learn to snowboard for free this season through the Legacy Ski and Ride Program at Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR). The resort will provide free snowboarding lessons, free equipment rentals, and free first time lift tickets to Utah kids every Friday and Saturday night of the winter season starting January 7, 2000, (excluding President’s Weekend, Feb. 18 and 19, 2000) and continuing each season through 2002. The program was designed by the resort to create awareness and share the excitement of two sports featured in the upcoming 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Mountain High To Host Swatch Boardercross EventOn February 17—19, 2000, the best boardercrossers in the world will descend on Mountain High Resort for the 40,000-dollar prize purse being offered by the Swatch Boardercross World Tour event. The Swatch Boardercross World Tour, now in its fourth season, is the world’s number-one ranked professional Boardercross tour. It will hold events in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Colorado, and now Wrightwood, California. The Swatch event was officially signed on October 29, 1999, by Peak Productions President Erik Kalacis and Mountain High’s Kapuscinski. After much deliberation, the 1.6-mile Gold Rush trail at Mountain High’s East Resort was selected as the optimum location for the event. With its high-speed lift access and open finish, Gold Rush is the perfect venue for both competitors and spectators alike.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Changes Boundary Management Policy

After months of discussion and review, the Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR) in collaboration with Teton County Search and Rescue, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, and Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) have reached an agreement regarding a change in boundary management st JHMR. For the 1999-2000 winter season access to the backcountry through designated gates will be allowed. The efforts to bring about this change have been made due to the current environment that reflects an increased demand for backcountry access and also the evolution of the Teton County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team. The new open gate policy will include six access gates from the ski area. These gates will have extensive signage including a general warning of hazards in that particular area, the daily Bridger Teton Backcountry Avalanche Forecast, a map of the terrain, and a symbol denoting one of five internationally accepted avalanche ratings.

Vail To Open Double Barrel HalfpipeVail will unveiled its newly redesigned Golden Peak Park featuring Colorado’s only double-barrel super pipe on December 11, 1999. Vail’s new double-barrel super pipe consists of two side-by-side, 400-foot halfpipes. The largest of the two features fifteen-foot walls with seventeen-foot transitions. To help maintain a consistent riding surface and create the super pipe, Vail purchased a Super Pipe Dragon this summer. Riders can also explore the new Dew Drop Inn sponsored by Mountain Dew at the top of the pipe. The Dew Drop Inn is a heated yurt with vending machines, snacks, sodas, parts kits, 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 super pipe. In addition, the mullti-level Golden Peak Park will offer various levels of challenging tabletops, spines, and jumps that will begin just below the super pipe.