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ONLY SUPERPIPE IN THE EAST NOW OPEN AT OKEMO MOUNTAIN RESORT

Consistently cold overnight temperatures paired with the unwavering dedication of Okemo Mountain Resort’s experienced snowmaking team resulted in the opening of the only Superpipe in the East this week. Featuring 18-foot walls and extending over 500 feet in length, Okemo’s AMP Energy Superpipe is now open daily.

Okemo’s 18-foot Superpipe is located in The Zone and accessible via The Pull surface lift. In addition to the Superpipe, the resort has also built seven terrain parks containing 66 jumps, rails and other creative features.

“The mountain operations team and terrain park crew are dedicated to offering our guests the best possible experience on snow when they visit Okemo. Our snowmaking efforts have been successful this season, and we are proud to be able to offer our guests access to the East’s only 18-foot Amp Energy Superpipe,” said Okemo Mountain Resort Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “We will continue to take advantage of cold temperatures to make snow and continually refresh the surface conditions of the more than 500 acres of terrain already open.”

Construction of the Okemo AMP Energy Superpipe required 51 acre-feet of snow, approximately 12 hours of excavator time, and 145 hours of operators working in snowcats to complete the project. The resort is scheduled to host the 2016 USASA Revolution Tour East Coast Halfpipe Qualifier on February 21.

For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort and its parks, visit www.okemo.com, follow Okemo on Instagram @okemomtn and @okemoparks, or like Okemo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okemomountain

Mammoth Mondays: Spring Pipe

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You said you wanted action, so this week we have nothing but. Spring slush makes Mammoth's massive halfpipe inviting for even mere mortals, but Shayne Pospisil and Ben Ferguson show the rest of us how it's really done. All photos by Peter Morning

Mt. Snow Opens its Superpipe

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Too bad we’re banned from Vermont. But you east coasters can get out there and work on those double corks. Just think, you could be the next Kelly Clark! (Yes, we know she’s not doing double dorks, but she is from Mt. Snow, whatever.) Read more

Killington Goes Super

After last year’s X Games and US Open, it has been proven that the east coast not only has enough snow, but the know-how to build Superpipes. While you might only expect to find them at Breckenridge and Mammoth, Stratton and Mt. Snow both managed to pull it off, so it’s not hard to believe that some of the other area mountains have followed suit. Okemo opened their yellow ice super pipe early, to facilitate the first Grand Prix. However, this story isn’t about that, because it was Killington that comped me some passes to check out their supersized facilities.

So Killington saw the other mountains stepping up and got themselves a new “grinder,” (I guess they don’t call them dragons anymore), the HPG R-17, which means about as much to me as it does to you. Thanks to the first decent snow year in several seasons, the machine had already gotten plenty of use when I showed up right after Christmas, and is yet to break (perhaps you remember the old Dragon that sat, unusable in a swap for the majority of a season). There was a problem though. Every time I went up to check out the new u jump, it was snowing. Snowing too readily for even the most hardcore east coaster to justify hiking halfpipe, so I went freeriding.

I did make it down through the halfpipe a few times though. During the run, go out of tree runs through the Highline woods. Once I got over the fear of going a thousand miles per hour (a repercussion of 18 foot walls I suppose), the pipe, snow drifts and all, did prove to be quite super. At least the thing is fricking huge.

Now because I didn’t really analyze the pipe as I should have, I’m going to have to do some guessing as to what the new pipe will really have in store for the season, but I think it will be something to the effect of the photo below:


Jason Ware in the Killington Superpipe. 2001 and 4eva.