The Run Down

New Zone

The Park staff have been busy in the Zone. For the upcoming week we will have a medium jib park set up. It consist of four separate islands with two features each. So when the T-Bar is running you will have another option from Birch Run.  We have not ruled out our jump line in the Zone yet, but until we get more product the crew opted to use what we had and get another park up and running. So keep your fingers crossed for more snow!

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USASA Slopestyle coming up

We will be hosting a Slopestyle comp in Birch Run next weekend.  In preparation for the event, we will be making snow in the park for a second table top.  So if you see some rails moving around, don’t sweat it.

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50/50 front 360 out

Here’s a nice slow motion shot of my ole buddy Nate today.  Hitting a front 360 of a rail is way more technical than doing one on a trail because off the rail you don’t get an edge to push off against.  Nate makes it look easy and steezy


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Saturday action

img_0524.jpegA new flat box just got put in at the top of the park.  It goes well as a progressional option to the flat bar next to it.

img_0509.jpegThanks to the riders here who had no problem being pictured here.  The table top is hitting good today too.




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Frontside 50/50

What’s a 50/50?  It’s when you hit a rail straight on and slide it straight. What makes it frontside?  It’s all in the approach.  For a snowboarder it means the rail was in front of me, or in this case I hit it from the left.  Birch run is in good shape!

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Fresh Groomed

We have had some sub par weather this season, but every morning the park crew goes out reshapes, retunes and gets the park back up to top condition. With snow in the forecast things should soften back up and Birch Run will be in great shape for the weekend to come.

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Knights Revenge Open from Link!

img_0339.jpegWe opened the lower part of Knights Revenge today!  This half is lower angle and holds snow better.  It’s also where the new log jibs are.  Pictured here is Danielle hitting the log pile.

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Wall rides in the woods too

FullSizeRenderYesterday I took a few laps on Sterling and lapped through Birch Run. The new Wall ride set-up at the bottom is super cool because it’s hittable a few different ways. Well that got me thinking: how are the wall rides in Knight’s Revenge (aka The Briar-patch) doing?







Wall 1Knight’s Revenge is definitely one more good snowfall away from openable, but we figured to go get things set up and test hit a few.  Pictured here are the three walls, including the one you can always see from Lower Rumrunner.













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Wall Ride

IMG_0084We have a total of 14 features in Birch Run including a medium table table top jump. Our new wall ride was fitted yesterday and is ready to test your creativity and skill. It is set for multiple uses including an in-run ramp that lets you ride the top or sides of the wall. There is all types of progression built into this feature!

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Night School for Jibbin’

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday night, SSU holds the Night School for Jibbing on Sir Henry’s.  This program, started by Tom Ference years ago has been very successful forNight SChool 2 introducing beginner to intermediate freestyle to skiers & riders.

This past Saturday Night, a crew of SSU staff and I asked Tom if he’d mind if we set up a pump track.  These pictures show a portion of the track.  The kids at night school loved it as much as we did.

Think of this like a small version of boarder cross.  In total, we had 5 single jumps, 2 double jumps, 2 berms, a box, Night school pump trackand a return wall at the end.  Super fun!

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