Panorama Beefs Up Park
If you ski Panorama, you’ll find a few nice improvements this year, especially at the ski area’s park. Overseen by Eric Lange, Panorama’s park will host approximately 200 feet of new boxes this season. The bounty includes two 24-foot straight boxes, a 24-foot 8/16 flat down box, a 32-foot roller coaster to kicker box, a 34-foot 12/10/12 flat down flat box, a 34 foot 12/10/12 down flat down box, and a 36-foot 10/16/10 battleship box.
â€œThis is the biggest shipment weâ€™ve ever received,â€ says Lange. â€œThey look even better than I imagined.â€
Last year, the park at Panorama was divided into the upper rail park and the lower jump park. This year, the rail line and jump line will run parallel to each other down the entire length of the Showoff trail, increasing the number of back-to-back jumps and/or rails to approximately twelve, compared to last yearâ€™s six. Most jumps will have double take-offs, varying in size from medium to extra-large. A permanent â€œBig Airâ€ jump will be built at the base of the park, to provide local pros with something to train on.
The park program and design is being built with progression in mind. The Showoff Terrain Park is for intermediate and advanced riders and will offer a gradual increase in difficulty from medium to extra-large. An entry level terrain park will offer small and medium features out of sight from the chairlift in the night skiing area.
Panorama’s snowmaking department has prepped Showoff for pre-season race training taking place this month. This increased snow coverage will facilitate the early construction of park features, and if weather permits, Lange plans to have part of the terrain park ready for opening day on December 12th.
Nice work, Eric!