Heavenly ski resort unveils new 18-foot-high halfpipe
Heavenly Mountain Resort celebrated the return of the halfpipe this weekend. Following a five-year absence, Heavenly unveiled its new 18-foot high halfpipe.
Heavenly ski resort has teamed with Snow Park Technologies to create the 18-foot-tall, 450-foot-long halfpipe that is designed to accommodate a variety of ability levels and encourage a learning environment for skiers and snowboarders.
The halfpipe at the South Lake Tahoe resort can be accessed via the Canyon Express chairlift on the California side of the mountain inside High Roller Terrain Park, which will also be opening today for the first time this season.
"With Lake Tahoe as a backdrop, this halfpipe will feature the best views from any halfpipe in the U.S.," said Pete Sonntag, Heavenly's general manager. "Heavenly is committed to providing the most high-energy atmosphere possible, and the return of the halfpipe and the attention we're putting into our parks really shows Heavenly's 'all in' attitude."
The 16.5-degree angle of the halfpipe slope provides an ideal amount of boost out of the pipe for all types of skiers and riders. The halfpipe's location and north-facing orientation creates a uniform consistency between both sides of the pipe, meaning one side won't melt faster than the other.
"This is easily the best pipe we've ever had here, and we built it in record time - just nine days," said Heavenly Terrain Park manager Mike Thomas. "The collaboration between the Heavenly Terrain Park Crew, SPT, snowmaking and grooming was really impressive."
Of Heavenly's three High Roller-branded terrain parks, High Roller Park is the premier park. It has been re-designed this season to include rails, boxes, jumps, and other fun jib features, both above and below the location of the halfpipe. This layout creates the ultimate mix of park and pipe, all in one run.
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