Whistler Blackcomb Terrain Parks Receive Extreme Makeover for 04/05 Season

A hip colour scheme and fresh logo will be unveiled along with new rails this winter throughout Whistler Blackcomb’s five terrain parks and three pipes.

“This fall we’ve been busy creating new rails and styling the park up with a brand new logo, and colour scheme,” says Stu Osborne, Terrain Parks Supervisor. “We’re moving away from our traditional red over to a unique look of avocado and dark green.”

A brand new logo for Whistler Blackcomb’s Terrain Parks will also be stencilled on all of the rails, completing the extreme makeover. “When it comes to terrain parks change is always good,” says Mike Douglas, professional skier and member of Whistler Blackcomb’s Pro Athlete Team. “A new park logo, colours and signature rails will bring a fresh experience to skiers and riders in the terrain parks.”

After January 27, freestyle enthusiasts with day jobs can look forward to night sessions in the Super Night Pipe. The Super Night Pipe was built in preparation for the Nokia FIS Snowboard World Championships January 15-23, 2005 and once the major event takes place it will be open to the public at Night Moves, the mountains’ night skiing and riding program. The Super Night Pipe will feature impressive World Cup sanctioned specs: 150 metres of effective wall length, and a 5-metre wall height and will be groomed by a new Zaugg Pipe Monster specifically purchased for the maintenance of the Super Night Pipe.

The Whistler Blackcomb Terrain Park Team has an impressive resume, winning 27 Top 3 Park and Pipe Awards since 1996, unmatched by any resort park team in the world. “Each year our team uses its collective expertise to take our terrain parks and pipes to the next level,” says Osborne. “This year, capital expenditures will aid the process. $40,000 will be spent in the Whistler Blackcomb terrain parks to upgrade rails and create new, progressive rail shapes, including several signature rails. A new Zaugg Pipe Shaper on Whistler will increase the introductory pipe’s wall height from 10-feet to 13-feet and three new additional Piston Park Bullies have also been purchased for use on both mountains.”

“We are all about progression,” says Peter Young, Whistler Blackcomb Events Manager. “Many of our guests, especially young people, want to ride the park so we ensure quality hits are built in every level. Guests can learn on a small table-top and work their way up through the sizes to become better riders.”

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