Ever wondered who builds the Terrain Parks at Mt Baw Baw? Why certain features get built where they are and how?
These decisions are made by our Park Crew. An international team with numerous years’ experience of building & riding parks and hailing from a variety of different backgrounds over the years, including France, Finland & Australia. Mt Baw Baw’s Park team consists of 2 fulltime Park builders who are all highly experienced in design, construction and maintenance of all things park. If you were to ask the guys how they decide on what gets built where and when, they’ll all give you a similar answer. “We’ll discuss what works with the terrain and how much snow we have to play with at the time…. What will be the most fun too ride and progressive for all it’s users.”
They will also inform that, ultimately it comes down to the weather and snow conditions. “If it looks like snows on the way, we’ll plan to build bigger. Rain, then we may have to close/remove features to save as much of the snow pack as we can!”
As the snow accumulates so does the park count. When a sufficient depth is reached a total of 3 parks will be built. Whether you’re going to attempt a boardslide for the first time or throw spins off the biggest hit, riding one plank or two, we have a park for you. There’s jibs, slides, jumps, walls and lines for everyone.
KICKER PARK is located skiers right at mid-point of Summit Run. Also accessible via La Descente and features a range of small flat boxes, combo boxes, rails and jibs. A park for the entry level rider looking to throw a few board slides and 50-50’s in a fun and progressive environment. Suitable for both skiers and boarders. During the 2013 snow season, this park has been sponsored by Kicker Snowboards. We thank them for their support in helping to maintain our park’s features and also with our weekly Kicker Faceless Feature Comp on mountain. Check our their website for a great range of snowboard products!
PAINTED PARK houses a variety of both medium and large features. Running from the top of Summit down to the bottom station of the Painted towline this park offers a long line of hits committing the rider to various rails, jumps, jibs and wall rides in succession.
Mt Baw Baw’s Terrain Parks use the internationally recognized SMART STYLE. A freestyle terrain safety initiative designed to promote proper use and progression of freestyle terrain at mountain resorts, while also delivering a unified message that is clear, concise, and effective.
The four main points of Smart Style:
- Make a plan: Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing
- Look before you leap: Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
- Easy style it: Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended)
- Respect gets respect: Be sure you Know the Code! You’re Responsibility Code provides safety tips while on the slopes. Smart Style is a terrain park specific safety program that you should check out before using terrain parks.Freestyle Terrain has designations for size these areas are designated with an orange oval. Start small and work your way up. Designations are relative to this ski area.
Freestyle Terrain Areas may contain jumps, hits, ramps, banks, fun boxes, jibs, rails, half pipes, quarter pipes, snowcross, bump terrain and other constructed or natural terrain features. Prior to using Freestyle Terrain, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with Freestyle Terrain and obeying all instructions, warnings and signs. Freestyle skills require maintaining control on the ground, and in the air. Use of Freestyle Terrain exposes you to the risk of serious injury or death. Inverted aerials are not recommended. You assume the risk. Know “THE ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE”.
We thank Kicker Snowboards for their support & friendship this winter