Vail Terrain Park managers prepare for the season
October 22, 2012 – This summer an unassuming stretch of cement at the base of Golden Peak served as the workshop for Vail Terrain Park Managers and welders Scottie Boyle and Shawn Carney. Here’s a look at some of the features they’ve built thus far.
With opening day coming up on November 16th, the Vail Terrain Park managers are putting the final touches on features for the early-season Born Free Terrain Park. It will have 10-14 small to medium features that will “…help get your legs under you,” says Boyle. As the season progresses the crew will pull this terrain park and open up Bwana, Pride and Golden Peak. 9 veteran crew members are coming back this season and will start work setting, testing and maintaining the Vail terrain park features in mid-November. 5 rookies will join them in mid-December.
Scottie led us around the Golden Peak work area earlier this fall to show off some of the features that he’s most excited about for this season.
40ft rainbow disco. 3 ft wide. Painted by artist Justin Santiago
20ft reclaimed handrail with close out. Donated by the Town of Vail from their remodeling of the stairs around the pedestrian bridge in Lionshead.
20ft stair-set. Its design allows the crew to change its position and angle throughout the season. It has the option to be fitted with sunken handrails.
Vail Terrain Park Manager Scottie Boyle takes a break in the midst of welding a 30ft pole jam down rail made from an old snowmaking pipe. He trained with Snow Park Technologies at the Burton US Open last year and at their offices in Reno, NV to prepare for the Burton US Open this winter in Vail.
35ft triple down rail with 3 6″ drops