The Badlands Terrain Park Will Be Moved and Upgraded at Blue Mountain Resort this Season - This summer marked the retirement of one of Ontario's last double chairlifts but with the dismantling of the Badlands chairlift, Blue Mountain Resort has moved forward with plans to upgrade their terrain park in a big way. The Park will be relocated to the Orchard and built as a top-to-bottom run making the Badlands the longest terrain park in Ontario.
"The longer terrain park will provide our riders with the ability to maximize their time in the park with more flow and variety than in previous years," says Mike Towers, Manager, Terrain and Bike Parks. "With the top-to-bottom run, riders can get in more hits per run than they ever could before and we can get more creative with features to provide a fresh approach to freestyle at Blue."
As a part of the overall update, Blue Mountain has partnered with Arena Snow Parks, a British Columbia-based company specializing in snow park design. The lead builder and project Manager working with Blue Mountain is Lucas Ouellette, who grew up riding on Ontario ski hills and is excited to bring Blue Mountain to the forefront of freestyle in the area. Plans for the park include features constructed with both traditional rails as well as impressive new elements made using just the snow.
"Our Blue Mountain Park builders are eager to work on designs that are changing the landscape of the industry in Canada. We are inspired by Arena Snow Parksâ€™ work on Holy Bowly at Sunshine Village and hope to incorporate a similar on-hill experience at Blue," notes Towers. "Terrain designers will also be using snow in innovative ways to introduce a flow of banks and bowls to the overall Blue terrain experience."
Blue Mountain's official opening day is still to be determined but the operation teams have a snowmaking strategy in place to support opening the new Badlands Terrain Park shortly after the lifts start turning. Updates and announcements regarding the Resort's opening day can be found at the Blue Mountain web site.