Park City Opens Payday Superpipe Saturday

Resort’s Commitment to Freestyle Terrain is Emphasized by New Superpipe, New Heckler Jib Park and New Gorgoza Jib Park

Park City, Utah – Park City Mountain Resort, the only snowboarding venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, announces the debut of an Olympic caliber Superpipe. The Resort’s new Superpipe on the PayDay run is virtually identical to the one being utilized for Olympic competition. Earlier this year, over 3,000 cubic yards of dirt were removed from the PayDay run to allow the site to be the best in-ground pipe in Utah. The Superpipe is 400 feet in length, boasts 17 feet walls and a consistent 17-degree pitch. It features the same smooth riding transitions as the Olympic pipe and is constructed of 500,000 square feet of snow.

Recognizing the skateboard influence on snowboarding and continuing to display its commitment to freestyle terrain, the Resort commissioned Neptune Industries to design and manufacture two identical sets of rails and a fun box to enhance terrain offerings at its two jib parks. One of the rail sets now has a home on the new Heckler Jib Park located at the top of the Heckler run and the other set is debuting as part of a new offering at Gorgoza Park. Therefore, local jibbers now have two new rail parks to sharpen their riding skills this winter season.

“Park City Mountain Resort has positioned itself to capitalize on a burgeoning sport,” said Jeff Frost, snowboard and special events manager. “The Resort is setting the standard for the Superpipe and Jib Park experience in Utah.”

The debut of the PayDay Superpipe, Heckler Jib Park and Gorgoza Jib Park position Park City Mountain Resort to capitalize on America’s fastest growing sport. According to an American Sports Data study released earlier this year, the number of snowboarders increased 51.2% from 1999 to 2000 or 7.2 million up from 5.4 million.

Learning to snowboard will also become easier through the Resort’s new “Learn to Ride” VIP experience. The VIP “Learn to Ride” program uses snowboards that are specifically designed to simplify the process of learning. Through the use of these specially designed snowboards and the instructor’s guidance, the Resort guarantees that riders will be turning with comfort and confidence by the conclusion of the program.

Park City Mountain Resort is the official venue of the men’s and women’s alpine giant slalom competition and all snowboarding events of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and is consistently ranked by Ski magazine as one of the top ten ski and snowboard resorts in North America. Only four percent of Park City Mountain Resort’s terrain will be occupied during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, leaving 96% of the mountain accessible before, during and after the Olympics.