NEW HARTFORD, Connecticut ??вЂќ The regular ski and snowboard season may be over but Ski Sundown has the snow to host a week-long freestyle camp during April vacation week for skiers and snowboarders ages 7 to 17. After the ski area closed on March 26, 2006, Ski Sundown’s grooming team went to work plowing, piling and “planting” the left over snow on two of the area’s 15 trails, Sensation and Big Bend, in anticipation of the upcoming week of freestyle instruction. “Throughout the season we prepared for this week by stockpiling snow in well shaded areas”, commented Kurt Sexauer, Snowmaking/Grooming Manager.
Ski Sundown’s Terrain Park staff and Mountain Operations team has moved and set up more than two dozen terrain park features to the Sunnyside Learning Area that appeared in Ski Sundown’s terrain parks over the winter months. Attendees will receive coaching and instruction on the various features and the camp is tailored to the individual needs of each participant, from riders who have never “hit a jib” to expert freeskiers. “The new spring park has 4 distinct lines of terrain features to accommodate coaching for all skill levels”, said Jarrod Moss, Terrain Park Manager and freestyle instructor. Ski Sundown’s Operations Manager, Chris Sullivan added, “This is a unique opportunity for snowsports athletes to step up their game without traveling halfway around the world.”
The Camp runs from April 17 through April 21 and costs $450 for the week. It includes a 4-hour teaching session from 8am until Noon each day, lunch and the opportunity to stay until 7pm. Participants must be advanced or skilled skiers or snowboarders and provide their own equipment. Helmets are required. In addition to the 5-day program, Ski Sundown will be offering individuals daily tickets for $25 to use the park from 3pm to 7pm during the week of April 17-21.
For further information, call 860-379-7669, Ext. 225. Ski Sundown is located at 126 Ratlum Road in New Hartford, CT. For directions go to www.skisundown.com.