A BIG win for Perisher and a look at the new events and features that are set to stand out at the resort terrain parks this winter.
MOST of the resorts have terrain parks that are available for the adventurous to test out their skills on jumps, boxes and rails and here we take a look at the new features and events being rolled out at some of the resorts this winter.
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The Battle @ Baw Baw, now in its tenth year has cemented its spot on the Australian freestyle circuit for both amateur and professional skiers and snowboarders.
Returning on August 6, competitors will be battling it out on the infamous stair set for a share of $3000 in cash and prizes.
That’s not the only thing hitting the Baw Baw terrain parks this winter, with the resort investing in a number of brand new stainless steel features over the summer months.
These new features will allow for better hits and smoother slides and the more durable features will include a number of new rails giving the park crew the ability to deliver more creative and exciting set-ups than ever before.
Perisher’s PlayStation Terrain Parks are renowned for being the best in Australia and some of the most innovative parks worldwide. The Playstation Leichardt Terrain Park is the leading park in Australia for intermediate riders to be able to build confidence and learn new tricks to help progress their skills.
For this season, the Leichardt Terrain Park has undergone major improvements that have seen earthworks completed through May, just in time for winter.
The park has been expanded, allowing for better flow through the park while also making it longer and providing more options for features that riders can hit.
The expansions and improvements mean that more riders can experience a greater range of Intermediate Park riding, ranging through from lower to upper intermediate skiers and boarders.
Other improvements made to the park this year include a new entry point, which will allow for a better flow line into the jumps. The in runs to the jumps will be running down the fall making the take-off and landings smoother for all riders.
The improvements mean less snow is required to make the jumps level and therefore can be opened sooner and stay open for longer.
After leading the crew in 2015 and 2016, Reuben Cameron returns as Thredbo Terrain Park manager and lead builder.
Reuben learnt his trade at June Mountain in California before developing it further with seven seasons of monster Stylewars builds here in Oz. Big booters are his specialty - the 2014 and 2015 One Hit Wonder set ups are proof of that.
Thredbo Parks’ second in charge, Mat Galina also returns for his third season, leading the day crew and setting the standard required.
With a wealth of snow experience in Australia and around the world, Thredbo Parks has its own dedicated social channels. If you’re interested in what’s happening in Thredbo Parks, or you just like checking out sweet Terrain Park content, follow Thredbo on their facebook page.
If you’ve never been in the terrain park before but would like to give it a try, Freestyle Fridays are for you. Every Friday Falls Creek’s Snowsports School instructors are on hand to offer free tips and instruction in the Panorama Terrain Park (on skier’s left of Drover’s Dream).
Find out the right way to hit your first-ever feature, do a few laps and come back every Friday to keep improving.
You can then head to the Freestyle Fridays Rail Jam at the base of the Summit for weekly giveaways, beats and a free BBQ.