Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sun Valley to open terrain parks Saturday

Express Staff Writer

Dollar Mountain's new terrain and progression parks are scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 19, as is the superpipe on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain.

Sun Valley Resort spokesman Jack Sibbach said the terrain park's manager will be Brian Callahan from Breckenridge, Colo. Callahan has worked with terrain parks for eight years and skied professionally for 15 years. He was on the World Pro Mogul Tour.

Callahan said a whole new jump line would be located in Old Bowl on Dollar Mountain along with 13 new rails, boxes and jibs, all likely to make the park a "No. 1 contender."

Sun Valley Resort partnered with Snow Park Technologies to construct the terrain park.

"Sun Valley is going quite legit with its partnership with SPT," Callahan said. "My goal is to take Sun Valley to the top in three years."

The resort also has a new terrain park builder, Peter Columbo, most recently from Mammoth Mountain ski area in central California. His four-member team will use three snowmobiles dedicated to building and maintaining the park.

Columbo's team has also been working on a progression park on Half Dollar, designed for all skill levels. Progression parks have smaller features than terrain parks, with gentler landings and room for mistakes, all designed for those developing their terrain park skills.

Sun Valley has also been constructing an 18-foot-high halfpipe at Warm Springs. The U-shaped terrain feature will run 425 feet in length on the skier's left side of Lower Warm Springs, below Race Arena.

With a superpipe of that size, the resort couldn't wait for nature's flakes to accumulate but needed a jump on the season's snow production. Two new fan guns each spew out 180 gallons of snow mist per minute.

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