Let’s talk about parks. As you all know, we’re on the back side of a huge storm cycle that buried our parks under 115” of new snow. We had to start from scratch, right? Actually, we were at less-than-scratch: before we could rebuild, we had to dig out all the buried features and groom the runs flat again.
That took a few days. Then park crew built the banked slalom for comps last weekend. OISA (Oregon High School Snowboarding) teams train at Meadows and hold their league competitions here, and the banked slalom discipline is their current focus.
Once we were back to square one, with flat-groomed park runs, we started with the Zoo. Why? Our philosophy is to always have something for everyone in our parks, so we start with the smallest and work up to the biggest. First we build the Zoo, then we build Forest and Shipyard, and then we work on Rose City and Park Place. Last place on the building list goes to the pipe, because once we start building it, most of our resources are there, and we’re limited in what we can do with the other parks.
So, where are we now? The Zoo is done. Shipyard is finished. The banked slalom is done. We’re adding features to Forest Park, including some jumps for our jump-starved Facebook fans. We've begun construction on Rose City, and next up, we’ll be starting work on Park Place. Watch for the progress in those areas over the next couple of weeks. It takes a lot of man-hours and cat time to push snow into jump foundations, so it will take some time, but that’s where we’ll be throwing our resources next.
We’re listening to you. We know you want jumps, and they are the next thing on the list. Now… Mother Natures just needs to keep the new snowfall in reasonable amounts, so we don’t have to start over from less-than-scratch again!