Vancouver Olympic preview of the snowboard halfpipe

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 19, 2009 5:49 am

Many of us here at The Ski Channel share a love for the pipe. OK, that sounds wrong…we enjoy watching our favorite snowboarders land some sick tricks and jumps in the halfpipe. That’s better. 

We’re all counting down the days until the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and we’re especially looking forward to the halfpipe event. We (as in the United States) have always showed up the competition in a major way on the pipe, dating back to 1998 when the pipe first surfaced at the Nagano games. That year we snagged 10 of the 18 medals awarded, and four of six golds.

At this year’s games, all snowboarding and freestyle skiing events won’t be held at the more famous peaks. They’ll be going down at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver from February 12-28. From ESPN, “A 30-minute drive from downtown, Cypress has 600 acres of terrain and stunning views of Burrard Inlet and the city skyline”.

The halfpipe at these games will be awesome…the biggest/longest/steepest one to date! It will measure 541 feet long, 66 feet wide lip-to-lip, with 22-foot high walls. That’s about the size of the one at the Winter X Games, compared to the 2006 Torino Games only having 18 foot walls. Rider Mason Aguirre (in the pic) admitted, “As soon as you get used to riding it, executing tricks is a lot easier because the transitions are longer.”

The folks at Cypress Mountain will start making some snow at the end of this month. They’ll start pipe construction in early January and everything will be ready to ride by February. We can’t wait!!