California’s Northstar Mountain Resort has been hard at work this holiday season preparing their 22′ Shaun White Signature Superpipe for its grand opening past New Year’s Eve weekend. With temperamental snow conditions the Northstar Superpipe is one of only a handful of pipes to open in the United States so far this season, and among even fewer that are constructed completely out of snow. The pipe, which is located on the Cat’s Face Trail and serviced by the Vista Express Chairlift features 22-foot high walls while spanning a length of over 500 feet. Created through the new partnership between Shaun White and Northstar, this superpipe is going to be the source of inspiration and training ground for White’s ever expanding repertoire of high flying maneuvers.
“We’re thrilled to be opening the first 22’ Superpipe in Tahoe tomorrow for our guests to enjoy,” said Bill Rock, chief operating officer at Northstar. “This is a huge accomplishment, and I’m proud of our team and how they’ve worked together to deliver a world-class pipe for Shaun White to train in, as well as any of our guests who aspire to be like Shaun.”
This “super feature” was created thanks to the snow-shaping talents of Snow Park Technologies, one of the most predominant forces in snow terrain design. In addition to their long-term partnership with Northstar, Snow Park Technologies has been a core park and pipe course developer for multiple high profile snow events, including the Winter Dew Tour and Winter X Games. Their reputation and success in the terrain park realm is owed to a strong understanding of the freestyle space, action sports industry and commitment to seeing the production through from concept to fruition. Northstar’s snowmaking and terrain park teams have dedicated over 700 hours designing every detail of the superpipe, from location, pitch, consistency and timing — no detail was overlooked.
“Our 22’ Superpipe was built to provide resort guests with a high quality, world-class halfpipe, as well as to provide Shaun White with what he needs to train for the upcoming events he will compete in this season,” said Mike Schipani, Northstar’s terrain park manager. “It’s not often that the public gets to ride the same competition quality pipe that an athlete of Shaun’s caliber trains in. We’re excited not only to offer one of the few 22’ Superpipes in the country, but also to get it open this early in the season for our guests to experience.”
While natural snowfall has been a difficult item to come by in the Lake Tahoe region this season, thanks to continuous investments in their snowmaking operations, Northstar has been able to open a great deal of terrain across its resort, including 26 trails and 40 terrain park features serviced by 17 lifts. Skiers and snowboarders have been enjoying top-to-bottom fun on the slopes since mid-November, and more trails continue to opened on a daily basis.
For the most up-to-date conditions information, visit www.NorthstarCalifornia.com.