Northstar And Sierra Hire Snow Park Tech

Renowned park, pipe designers Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and Josh Chauvet collaborate with Booth Creek, owner of Northstar and Sierra

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Oct. 10, 2003 — Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe will receive a shot in the arm this winter aimed at reenergizing its terrain parks and half pipes, and bringing more youth to the slopes.

The Tahoe-based resorts, owned by Booth Creek Ski Holdings, Inc., will tap the expertise of Snow Park Technologies (SPT).

Booth Creek recently announced its affiliation with SPT which will concentrate on the operational development of terrain parks, halfpipes, snow skate parks, special events and other non ski related activities at all six Booth Creek resorts.

But with SPT being based out of Booth Creek’s Truckee offices, Northstar and Sierra will receive a lot of face time from snow park industry gurus and SPT principals, Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and Josh Chauvet. Gunnarson, general manager and founder of SPT, was named director of youth market development for Booth Creek last winter.

“It’s really cool to have made the move to Tahoe and I’m really excited to be collaborating with Josh on ideas we think will revolutionize terrain park design and operation,” Gunnarson said. “Both Northstar and Sierra are ideal for these plans and by working closely with the two resorts we hope to develop the local youth market and build on snow sport events to draw new sports enthusiasts and their families to the resorts.”

Together Gunnarson and Chauvet bring more than 22 years of experience in terrain park and halfpipe development, snow-cat operation and resort operations, including event and marketing consultation. Joining forces, the two veteran snowboarders have created a “dream team” of snowboarding’s most progressive and reputable freestyle park and pipe innovators.

“I am thrilled to be joining the evolving Booth Creek team,” Chauvet said. “This is an incredible opportunity that will allow us to facilitate the industry and the mountain resorts’ growth while maintaining hands-on local interaction.”

Gunnarson began his career in the snowsports industry in 1992 with a position in snowboard awareness education and hill safety at Snow Summit Mountain Resort in California. He later became the first freestyle snowboard patroller in the United States at Snow Summit, gaining exposure throughout the industry. This position led to an understanding of the design and construction techniques of terrain parks as Gunnarson was charged with studying accidents in an attempt to improve safety in the parks.

His duties evolved into managing the development and construction of Snow Summit’s terrain park. Gunnarson became an independent consultant to media, resort promoters and manufacturers in 1996. Since1997, he has overseen the terrain park construction as course designer for the ESPN Winter X-Games.

Chauvet most recently served as youth action sports brand manager at Mammoth Mountain. In his four years at Mammoth, Chauvet designed and managed the Unbound Terrain Park and led youth specific marketing efforts. He has also designed and built many courses including three years designing Snowboarder magazine’s Superpark, the Burton European Open, the 2000 Gravity Games, The Vans Triple Crown and the ESPN Winter X-Games.

Booth Creek consists of six resorts across the United States including: Northstar-at-Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California; Waterville Valley, Cranmore Mountain Resort and Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; and The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle, Wash. Booth Creek is the fourth largest ski resort owner in the country (