Vail To Open Double Barrel Halfpipe

Vail will unveil the newly redesigned Golden Peak Park featuring Colorado’s only double-barrel super pipe on December 11, 1999. Grand opening celebration activities take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include free food and beverages, a live DJ, expo and product testing area, as well as snowboard gear giveaways. The Vail Snowboard Team will also be on-site with other pro riders to give tips and technique suggestions throughout the event.

“We’re excited to be able to announce that we’re opening the new Golden Peak Park and super pipe this early in the season,” said Ray Sforzo, director of snowboarding for Vail. “Vail is committed to opening the new super pipe as early in the season as possible. It’s a great year to ride Vail Mountain as we’re featuring the new super pipe, a mini jib park at the Burton Super Center and then there’s Blue Sky Basin that’ll open up acres upon acres of tree skiing to riders.”

Vail’s new double-barrel super pipe consists of two side-by-side, 400-foot halfpipes. The largest of the two features 15-foot walls with 17-foot transitions. To help maintain a consistent riding surface and create the super pipe, Vail Purchased a Super Pipe Dragon this summer.

Dew Drop InnThe grand opening celebration will also be the first time that riders can 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. This design will allow riders to catch air while going from hit to hit all the way down to the bottom.

Smooth RideTo further its commitment to snowboarders, Vail has dedicated itself to grooming all of its pipes and park daily – whether by machine or hand. Pipe and terrain park specialists will oversee the maintenance and service of the areas throughout the season. Grooming times will be posted daily at the top of the dew Drop Inn, so park enthusiasts know when a freshly cut pipe will be available.