Total Features: 109
Percentage Of Jibs: 73%
Percentage Of Jumps: 27%
Pipes: *Two learning, 13-foot, 18-foot
Park Area: 57.85 acres
Park Operating Days: 156
Northstar was another resort hit hard by low California snowfall, but still made the top 10. The challenging conditions didn't stop Mike Schipani and his park crew from putting their best shovel blade forward though. Through a Herculean effort, they pulled together the strongest park in the Tahoe area, according to our poll.
"We change our jib and snow feature options five nights out of every week and we revamp entire areas of our parks on a bi-weekly basis," says Schipani. If Northstar ranked among the top parks without winter cooperating, image what they could do with a proper snow year, or if El Niño really delivers the goods. In anticipation, Schipani says the park crew's season began in June when they started fabricating "an array of unique features." The Straits Park, home of Northstar's largest jumps and rails, should be back in full effect this winter, and Schipani says the Stash Park, made of locally-harvested wood, is getting a facelift and will play host to a new event called The Bash In The Stash, part of the Burton Mountain Festival from January 8-10.
Schipani claims that by mid-November, Northstar's parks will kick off with the most features in Tahoe and by mid-January he hopes to have well over 200 features for riders to roll through.
*A learning pipe is a banked halfpipe on a flat surface, usually waist deep. It's designed for beginners to figure out how to slide and compress in transition without fear of loosing control.