196 Foot Long Boxzilla at The Canyons
Until I saw World Snowboard Day on The Canyons calendar of events, I had no clue there was such a holiday. Personally, I would rather have said holiday coincide and supersede other "holidays" like Tax day and other annual low point, but hey. The ever wily and agile Steve Duke, Terrain Park Manager at The Canyons decided to throw together his whole collection of two foot wide boxes to create the 196ft 'Boxzilla." I had never heard of anything like it, nor had anybody I spoke to, including Steve. When I ran into Steve and his crew the day before he said "we're just going to put it in tonight, and have a mellow jam session, bust out some product for standout riders and just session the beast."
When I rolled up on Boxzilla the next day, the session was in full swing and hundreds of riders were hiking it, and damn, that was a loooong hike. Flat-Up-EuroGap-Flat-Down-Flat-Whoopty-Whoop-Whoopty-Flat-Down-Flat-Flat-Flat-Flat-C was the final lay out, and kids were sending it. The most difficult thing about the box was staying locked through the last 35 feet of flat, while Boxzilla's C-box tail followed that ready to put a serious whip on anybody caught off guard or overly confident at the end. Going fast and pumping the whole thing was one of the better ways to stay locked, and tons of kids, myself included, got played on the final C when carrying too much speed.
Most notably, Ted Borland of The Levitation Project rolled up and perfectly nose pressed the whole thing second try, and nearly front boarded the whole thing. I've never had the opportunity to ride anything like Boxzilla, super frustrating, incredibly rewarding, and incredibly exhausting to hike. Turns out that a healthy sized crew hiked the box for over 5 straight hours, and before we knew it Ski Patrol was sweeping the mountain and giving everybody the boot.
Props and respect to Steve Duke and his crew, Oakley, Rome, Drop Gloves, and Corbitt Simon/Honest Tea for providing everybody with much needed beverages.
For info on The Canyons parks visit: RIDE CANYONS.com