New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain offers riders and skiers a great way to improve their terrain park experience this winter with a PEEPs Pass. PEEPs is an acronym for Park Etiquette and Education Program, launched by Loon’s terrain park staff last winter.
This web-based, interactive program educates skiers and riders about freestyle terrain signage; the intended and proper use of park features; and etiquette, both in the parks and on the hill, with an end goal of making everyone’s park experience the best it can be.
“We wanted to create a fun way to get skiers and riders involved in our park atmosphere even before they get to Loon,” said Jay Scambio, Terrain Park Development Manager for Boyne Resorts. “Our goal for the PEEPs program is for skiers and riders to have the best experience they can in our terrain parks by learning what the signage means so they can select the right park for their ability; the right way to plan, approach and ride our features and how to be a good citizen while enjoying the parks and Loon. Right away, we’re setting the tone for the attitudes and behavior we want to see in our parks and at Loon Mountain.”
Throughout the interactive program, participants learn about the right way to ride Loon’s parks through a combination of SmartStyle, ATML Model (Approach, Take-Off, Maneuver, Landing) and Your Responsibility Code elements presented in an entertaining and interactive format that includes audio and video content. Participants take several quizzes along the way, to make sure they understand and absorb the content. After successfully completing the program, the participant is presented with a voucher to print and bring to Loon to pick up their PEEPs pass. The PEEPs Pass will qualify pass holders for special park days; discounts on event registrations, park lessons and camps; retail discounts at Loon Mountain Sports and automatically enter them into monthly drawings for prizes provided by PEEPs sponsors: Neff, Skullcandy, Thirty-Two and Etnies.
PEEPs Pass vouchers can be redeemed at the Octagon and Governor’s Lodge Snowsports desks, which are located in the Gondola barn and inside the Governor’s Lodge, respectively, between 12 – 4:00 p.m., any day of the week.
Last spring, Loon’s PEEPs program was named Best Terrain Park Safety Program by the National Ski Area Association.
Knowing the proper way to plan a park ride, along with good etiquette in the parks and on the hill will always give skiers and riders a better terrain park experience, whether in one of Loon’s seven award-winning parks, or wherever they choose to ski or ride. The program can be found at http://www.loonmtn.com/info/rideloon/peeps.aspx.