Year-round terrain park might come to Colorado

Colorado might be known for its heavenly skiing conditions, but a developer is looking to take the snow out of the mixture by building a $26 million year-round synthetic terrain park in the town of Castle Rock.

The development, which would be known as the Castle Rock Year-Round Snow Sports Center would be located at the Philip S. Miller Park on the west side of Castle Rock.

It would feature a synthetic, carpet-like material known as Snowflex, which behaves much like snow when wet allowing skiers and snowboarders to shred regardless of the season. And, according to the website set up by the developers, the park would include runs for all skill levels as well as the possibility of a halfpipe depending on land constraints.

According to the Denver Channel, Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue is extremely optimistic about the project.

Snowflex all year terrain park Castle Rock

The terrain park in Castle Rock would look similar to the only other Snowflex park in America (above) located at Liberty University. Photo: Snowflex

"We think that a snow park or snow flex, a year round snow hill would make a huge difference, it would kind of be the diamond in the crown of this whole park," Donahue told the station about the proposal. "I think it's a great compliment to the skiing that we already have here in Colorado."

And Donahue isn’t the only one excited about the possibility of year-round skiing and snowboarding in Castle Rock: Olympic snowboarder Louie Vito is behind the movement as well.

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“I'm really stoked because it's cool to have options and different types of terrain to ride,” Vito said of the new development. “I want to work with them and make it sweet, to make something fun for everybody. My thing is to introduce snowboarding to as many people as possible and show them why I love it so much.”

Recently, the town of Castle Rock passed a memorandum of understanding with P3 Advisors LLC, the Chicago-based company interested in developing the terrain park. Now, all P3 has to do is come up with the funds to build the park.

If it is successful in doing so, the new terrain park will become only the second year-round terrain park in the United States, with the other being located at Liberty University in Virginia.

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