by Ian Blasch
Nick Goepper won Ski Slopestyle gold at the X Games in Aspen, Colo., in January—not bad for a skier from southern Indiana, whose home ski hill has all of 300 feet of vertical drop. Now, thanks to the vision of J.J. McLeod, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area events director, Boise's snowboarders and skiers have more chances to develop their slopestyle skills.
The new Mountain Dew Terrain Park has 23 jumps, jibs, boxes and rails spanning Shaker Ridge, Cascade, Mambo Meadows and Showcase.
“The park is designed to develop intermediate slopestyle and terrain park skills of the 8- to 14-year-old skier or snowboarder” said McLeod.
Of course, everyone is encouraged to explore the terrain park and with a variety of intermediate and beginner level features there is something for everyone.
Also new this season is a yurt at the base of the terrain park near the Showcase lift with an outdoor sound system built to thump the place, according to McLeod. For those who like to catch a bit of air, four 15-foot-tall kickers, a volcano bank and corrugated pipes will be added later this season.
The park was funded by Mountain Dew and Pepsi Bottling Ventures, and the Albertson’s Foundation.
Competitions at the terrain park are scheduled to begin Saturday, Feb 23, with the 3rd Rail Jam event. Competition will occur every other weekend after that. And with 1,300 feet of vertical drop, who knows, there might be a future slopestyle Winter X-Games or Olympic competitor in this current crop of park rats.