Sunday, 18 April 2004
The Remarkables ski area will boast an international standard SuperPipe for advanced level riders and skiers for the 2004 season.
Work on the pipe at the popular Queenstown ski area gets underway this week after the Department of Conservation gave it the go-ahead just before Easter.
The 150m long, 22m wide pipe will be built to full FIS standards and expertly maintained by a new SuperPipe Magician and the Kassboher Park Bully groomer.
The Superpipe is being built as part of a massive development at The Remarkables which will triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl basin.
The expanded Xbox Terrain Park will open up the whole of the top of Water Race and TNT trails, and areas in-between, as freestyle terrain for all levels of snowboarders and skiers. It will have a huge range of features catering for skiers and snowboarders from novice to advanced.
The Remarkables’ mountain manager Ed Bezett said he was delighted to see work underway on the SuperPipe.
All the surveying work has already been done but this will be a huge earthworks job, he said. It will take us approximately a month to move around 5000 cubic metres of earth.
This is one step on the way and we’ll all be very excited to see it taking shape, but for me it really won’t be finished until we get it full of snow and there are people riding it.
Some of our most respected local riders such as Deni Bevin have been involved in the design work, and all our regular Remarkables riders and dedicated Terrain Park crew can’t wait to see it up and running. It should be a real drawcard.
The event schedule for The Remarkables is still being finalised, but Mr Bezett said he was sure it would feature some exciting competitions highlighting what the ski area will have to offer for the season.
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