Vail Mountain offers air bag for Winter Dew Tour training

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 11, 2009 10:58 am

Vail Mountain has recently installed a bag jump at its Golden Peak Terrain Park.

The feature has already received a lot of attention from the industry’s top athletes as they prepare for the kickoff of the Winter Dew Tour next weekend in Breckenridge.

The setup features a real snow kicker that allows a skier or boarder to launch off and land safely onto a massive pillow filled with air. Think something along the lines of one of those Hollywood stuntman air bags and you can sort of visualize how the thing works.

Vail joins a rather exclusive club of ski areas offering the air bag. Other North American locations of bag jumps include Windham Mountain, Windells Camp, and Camp of Champions. 

No word yet on whether Vail plans to offer the feature to the general public, but at this time it looks exclusive to pros.

Check out this photo of what appears to be ginger pro skier Ben Moxham hitting the jump: