Tahoe City, CA – Lake Tahoe’s Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will embark upon a completely updated plan for its terrain parks for winter 2009/2010. The mountain’s park designer will offer new park features throughout several trails at the upper mountain; and design them in a manner which mimics existing, natural terrain.
Traditionally built on two designated runs near the base lodge (Kangaroo intermediate trail and Tiegel beginner trail), the purpose of diversifying the park’s real estate is multi-pronged:
“The idea of incorporating features into the mountain’s natural topography is a perfect, clear fit at Alpine Meadows,” explained Jonahs David, Alpine Meadows terrain park designer and manager. “Alpine Meadows is world renowned for its natural terrain; why not represent that great aspect in our park features? The majority of our skiers and riders spend as much of their time exploring all 2400 acres of the mountain as they do in the parks; and in the way a guest can find steeps, moguls, chutes, or spines anywher on the mountain we want guests to be able to try a park feature on other areas of the mountain,” he added.
Additionally, the new terrain park design will allow for more of a traditional, groomed trail as well as ski and snowboard race events to be available on Kangaroo Run, which has been used for terrain park features in the past. “The new park plan is appealing in that our park designer and staff can build terrain features which blen with the natural banks, rollers, and mountain layout. That type of design is certainly a growing trend within our industry; but it is a true fit for Alpine Meadows,” said Kent Hoopingarner, Alpine Meadows general manager. “Every guest will enjoy every part of the mountain,” he added.
Skiers can look forward to additional park features dispersed throughout portions of Kangaroo, Boomerang, and Tiegel trails (via Kangaroo double, Roundhouse high speed quad, and Hot Wheels triple chairs); as well as lower Palisades, Terry’s Return, and Loop Road (via Summit Six high speed six passenger chair and Alpine Bowl double chair). “You will be able to ski one of the best mountains, blast jumps, and slide rails in the same run,” added Jonahs David, who incidentally, enjoys the off piste on Alpine’s High Traverse as much as he enjoys a flawless step-down in the Shreddows advanced park.