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Our Six Terrain Parks!
Six terrain parks offer a progression experience, beginning with the Riglet Park for little riders and ending at the Zone with its big hits for experienced freestyle skiers and riders.
Freestyle skiers and riders of all abilities will find everything they're looking for in our six terrain parks, each loaded with features to challenge and thrill. Park features are planned and created by a team of experts committed to designing the best freestyle facilities in a progression experience that accommodates a wide range of rider and skier ability levels.
Burton Treehouse Riglet Park Even our littlest snowboarders get their own learning and play park! Smugglers’ worked with Vermont’s Burton Snowboards prior to Winter 2011-2012 to develop the next generation of the Burton Riglet Park, an on-snow play area with fun terrain features designed for introducing young children to snowboarding in our camp for 3-5 year olds. The park’s focal point is a “treehouse,” an elevated platform with ramps that children can ride down, a balance area inside the treehouse and a lift chair that swings to help kids practice getting on and off the lift. Playing in the park on small rolling hills, miniature box-style rails, pyramids and a mini-halfpipe allows children to gain the necessary balance and muscle memory to begin sliding and making turns on sloped terrain. The park is at the Resort’s Sir Henry’s Learning Area with conveyor lift access.
Log Jam This park is on the beginner-friendly Log Jam trail on Morse Mountain in the Morse Highlands area, a pod of trails designed for novice skiers and riders served by its own dedicated lift. The park typically has small style rails, gentle snow features like rollers, and a fun box, perfect for both adults and children to begin their terrain park adventures.
Flowground The new Flowground Trail on Madonna Mountain is a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone in the family who enjoys skiing and riding on intermediate terrain. In fact, it's a must for anyone who enjoys fun, smiling, high fives...and enjoys skiing and riding on intermediate terrain.
Never seen anything like this at any other mountains? Well, that's because it doesn't exist anywhere else! The Flowground on Madonna Mountain is what you get when you put a group of snowcat operators, ski and snowboard coaches, and mountain bikers in a room together with a large pot of coffee and some Play-Doh. It's got berms, banks, bowls, rolls, and more, jam-packed onto Lower F.I.S., all for your enjoyment. No park experience is necessary! We're not talking great big jumps and handrails here. Think more along the lines of skill development, hoots, and hollers. Try it out. We can pretty much guarantee you'll have a great time!
Birch Run Terrain Park Located at the base of Sterling Mountain and parallel to Lower Exhibition. This park is designed for intermediate level skiers and riders to test their skills. Birch Run comprises a 1200-foot run over two acres with modified table tops, rolls, rails, hits and spines. Birch Run allows the skier or rider to choose a line. What you will see, right from the top, is side-by-side features placed closer together.
This park is intended to be more of a flow park, meaning there is not much room for stopping between features, and park riders can flow from one to another without breaking rhythm. Also, get ready for jumps that put you up in the air more than the others, allowing for more air-time to practice new tricks and spins. Take a minute in this park to listen, and you will hear the sound of metal on metal; metal rails are an addition you will find in Birch Run.
Knights Revenge This new natural feature park is in the Knight’s Revenge intermediate/advanced glades which cross Link on Madonna Mountain between Lower Rumrunner and Lower Madonna Liftline. Knight’s Revenge will contain log slides and rolls, bank turns, rock jumps, a rainbow, ramps, and loads of rails, ending at a quarter pipe wall ride at the Rumrunner trail junction. This freestyle playground in the woods will hold more than twenty features. If you do a run or two and think you’ve hit it all, think again. There are a few surprises tucked off the beaten path!
The Zone This park has the most challenging features. Located on Sterling Mountain’s Practice Slope and accessible via the Sterling T-bar, this park offers big jumps with steep landings, narrow rails with bends and kinks, and almost always features urban style take-offs. Landings in The Zone are generally steeper, which is nice on the knees, but not necessarily on the intimidation factor.
New to the park scene? Check out Night School for Jibbing! Are you already a skier or rider and want to try your first freestyle moves? Night School for Jibbing is our program designed to utilize mini, entry-level terrain park features to introduce level 4-6 skiers & riders to the world of freestyle. With one-hour group sessions and another 1 1/2 hours of practice time (with coaches on the hill to help you out), new jibbers can experience the excitement of snowboarding. Tuesday & Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. $49 per person, per session, includes Burton Learn to Ride equipment rental. Must sign up prior to 3:30 pm at the Guest Service Desk. Space available basis. Get outfitted for your equipment between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at 3 Mountain Equipment, then meet at Sir Henry's Learning & Fun Park.
Smart Style - Park Smart > PRIOR to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air. > START SMALL – Work your way up. Build your skills. > MAKE A PLAN – Every feature. Every time. > ALWAYS LOOK – Before you drop. > RESPECT – The features and other users. > TAKE IT EASY – Know your limits. Land on your feet.
Responsibility Code Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience. * Always stay in control. * People ahead of you have the right of way. * Stop in a safe place for you and others. * Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield. * Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment. * Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails. * Know how to use the lifts safely.
Be safety conscious and KNOW THE CODE. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
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