Ranked #3 in the East by Snoweast Magazine, and featured in a 2010 Transworld Snowboarding Magazine east coast photo shoot and in a Forum snowboard video, it’s no secret why Cranmore Mountain terrain parks have long been known by locals to be the best in the Mount Washington Valley.
The Darkside has been hard at work building like crazy to get the mountain’s three terrain parks ready for the winter. With spanking new energy efficient snow guns- part of the $6 million in renovations to the resort this past summer- the mountain is able to blow more snow then ever in their parks.
The Darkside Crew, with training from Snow Park Technologies have constructed a temporary setup in the Darkside park which includes larger sized elements, including a fat box, down box, urban rail, flat down rail and medium sized jump- until the next park build scheduled in the upcoming weeks. Novice shredders can head to the Lucky Loop Park where there is a mini set-up, and The Otherside Park which features medium sized elements will be erected in the upcoming week.
The Darkside’s first event of the season, the Monster Mash, freestyle competition was well attended by both skiers and riders and the top competitors walked away with prizes from sponsors, Ski and Snowboard Outlet and Dakine.
There are plenty more events lined up for the season. Fire on the Mountain, Rossignol and Eastern Boarder are the title sponsors of The Darkside Night Series- the Darkside’s signature three event series, where skiers and riders compete in each event and earn points for the finals in March. The events are held on January 8, February 5 and finals on March 5th and start at 5pm.
Jib Saw #1 and #2 are two day time events, on January 16th and February 19th, starting at noon and will vary in format. RAMP Sports is one the event sponsors. All Darkside Terrain Park events are open to both male and female skiers and riders and require a lift ticket or seasons pass and a designated registration fee.