MOUNT SNOW, Vermont — Mount Snow announced its first two freestyle events of the season will be held in their new Jiblet terrain park, and offer every age and ability level a chance to participate.
Jiblet is the new rail park installed on the Mixing Bowl trail in the lower base area. Events Director Greg Fisher says the decision to put rails there was spur of the moment, but the idea quickly blossomed.
“Everyone can see Jiblet as they drive into the Grand Summit Hotel or base area parking, so it’s already become very popular,” says Fisher. “In addition to the rails, we’ve added a jump, and are going to have loudspeakers playing music during competitions.”
The first event is the Kids’ Grommet Jam, scheduled for Saturday, December 30. This is a two-part event for kids’ ages 6-12. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Base Lodge and requires a $35 entry fee along with a valid lift ticket or season pass.
“The morning consists of instruction on terrain park safety and techniques with Perfect Turn and Alpine Center coaches,” says Fisher. “Then the afternoon is a laid back competition where kids can show their new stuff in front of the family cameras.”
Fisher adds that Kids’ Grommet Jams will also be held on January 15 and March 11, 2007.
Mount Snow’s first Pro-Am competition of the season will be the New Year’s Rail Jam, on Saturday January 6, 2007. Also in Jiblet, the event will debut of some new bent steel features designed by the Park and Pipes department, under the supervision of Ken Gaitor.
Over $2,000 in cash and prizes will be given away to professional and amateur competitors. Prizes are provided by event sponsors L.L. Bean, Rossignol, Giro helmets, Smith goggles, Armada and Backside Snowboards. You can pre-register online at www.active.com or in the Main Base Area on the day of the event. Pre-registration fees are $45 for pros and $35 for amateurs. An additional $5 will be added to the fee for registering on the day of the event.
Freeskier magazine voted Mount Snow as having the top terrain park in the East in their November 2006 issue. Currently, Gaitor and his crew are working on a new terrain park in the Carinthia area to open later in the season. With 4,940 feet of jibs, rails, and jumps, it will be the longest terrain park in the East.
Mount Snow is conducting a season-long, interactive contest to name the park. More than 1,500 individual submissions have been received thus far. Submissions can be made at www.mountsnow.com/namethispark.
Other events scheduled this season at Mount Snow terrain parks include the Fourth Annual Snowstyle on February 3, and the Bud Light Anti-Gravity Grail event series on February 17-19.
Lodging packages, season passes and lift tickets are available by calling 800-245-SNOW or visiting www.mountsnow.com.