Pipe, rail jam and banked slalom events on tap

STATESMAN STAFFJanuary 9, 2014 

Dollar Mountain's 22-foot Superpipe will open Friday at Sun Valley.

PETE ZIMOWSKY

The snowmaking guns on Dollar Mountain at Sun Valley Resort ensured the opening of the mountain’s 22-foot Superpipe on Friday, Jan. 10.

Snow guns also made it possible for Dollar Mountain’s Prospector Park Skills Zone to debut before Christmas.

Sun Valley’s 552 snowmaking guns cover 645 acres of groomed terrain, enabling 14 chairlifts and 56 runs to be up and running across two mountains.

The new, one-acre Prospector Park on Dollar is designed to help beginners learn to ski more quickly.

The park boasts gentle rollers, a mini half pipe and a family cross course designed with young athletes in mind.

“The gentle pipe actually improves children’s skills and form,” said Shannon Price, director of the Sun Valley Children’s Snow Sports program.

Dollar this season is also home to the largest super pipe in North America, resort officials said.

The Superpipe features 22 foot-high walls constructed almost entirely from man-made snow.

Baldy Snowboard Banked Slalom Race

Skiers and boarders can participate in one of the most unique races in snowsports at the Baldy Banked Slalom Saturday, Jan. 11 at Sun Valley.

The course is a series of banked, 180 degree corners down the mountain.

Entry fee is $40 per rider and you also have to buy a lift ticket. Registration is limited to 150 riders. For a link to registration, go to Facebook and search for “Baldy Banked Slalom.”

Practice is Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. and racing starts at 10:30 a.m. Awards will be held at 4:45 p.m.

The race is a qualifier from the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom in Washington. More details are available on the Facebook page.

Eagle Island Rail Jam series

Gateway Parks at Eagle Island State Park is hosting a “Rail Jam” on Wednesday nights for skier and snowboarders. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. and competition starts at 6 p.m. There are separate contests for skiers and snowboarders, and age categories. Entry fee is $5 and $10 for the terrain park. There is no minimum age.

Skiers and boarders will hit a series of jumps and rails and get as many runs in as they can in about a 45-minute preliminary, then judges will pick finalists to compete for merchandise prizes from local ski/board shops.

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