New terrain parks to debut when Angel Fire Resort opens Friday

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2014 photo courtesy Angel Fire Resort

New terrain parks will be unveiled when Angel Fire Resort opens this Friday (Dec. 11).

According to a resort press release, under the direction of Jon Eppler, who has built parks for major events including The Winter X-Games and The Burton U.S. Open, has been busy during the summer season creating the new Liberation Park. The expansion includes a wider range of user-friendly features,as well as 15-20 rails set-ups for first-day skiers and riders to try out, which enables riders to build their skills by experiencing progressive features throughout the park.

Liberation Park’s redesign creates New Mexico’s first terrain park with dedicated chairlift access. The chairlift has been renamed this season to “Liberation Park Lift”.

Plans for the pro line and additional expert features will be added as soon as there is enough snow.

“The colder temperatures are expected to be here by opening day which is great for our crews to make more snow,” said Jamie Seifert, mountain operations manager for the resort. “We will continue our efforts in the parks to expand terrain and add more features as conditions warrant. Additionally, we will open more ski trails over the next few weeks. Clearly the more natural snow we can add in is great, but in the meantime, it’s our job to get the mountain ready, so we are focusing our efforts on snowmaking and getting our mountain ready for this season.”

Stash Parks add to the fun

Eppler also plans to create “Stash Parks” all over the ski mountain this winter. According to a Nov. 28 article in snocountry.com, the locations for the stash parks won’t be on the trail map but riders and skiers looking for a quick rail or box rush will find them along the side of the wider trails on both sides of the mountain. The stash park features will constructed mostly out of snow and wood, and may change in configuration during the season, depending upon the snow conditions. They will typically be 500-1,000 feet long.

“We want add more fun on the mountain,” Eppler told Snow Country. “These stash parks are like mini-parks in the wider and flow areas of the hill. Most of them will be right on the edge of the trails, although we are planning to tuck away a couple in the trees. There will be signs so that you can find your way around.”

For more information visit angelfireresort.com or call 855-923-7387.

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Angel Fire Resort’s mountain operations team at the resort have been working since late fall on the new terrain parks they will debut on opening day. (Courtesy photo/Angel Fire Resort)