An Inside Look at Snowbowl’s Terrain Parks

At Snowbowl, we provide terrain parks and features for every ability level. That means there is something for everyone to enjoy on the mountain!

A snowboarder jumps off a man-made cactus park feature

A snowboarder jumps off a man-made cactus park feature

To get a better understanding of our different terrain park offerings, we interviewed Josh Heydorn, Supervisor at Sunset Terrain Parks. He filled us in on the differences between our parks, what it takes to maintain the features, and how upkeep is a year-round job!

What does it take to maintain a terrain park?
The average skier or snowboarder moves around 2000lbs of snow in a typical skiing day. With features made completely of snow, that’s a lot of snow that needs put back into place. With our new Prinoth Bison X Park Cat, our night crew spends up to 16 hours after the lifts close maintaining, building, and rebuilding each of our terrain park features.

A Sunset Terrain Park crew member prepares a feature in the morning

A Sunset Terrain Park crew member prepares a feature before the lifts open

Where should beginners start?
If you’re new to freestyle terrain, the best place to start is our Prairie Dawg Start Park located off the New Hart Prairie Quad Chairlift. This park is designed to help facilitate a natural learning process. Those new to terrain parks will find the mellow rollers, bank turns, box and rail features approachable and fun.

Prairie Dawg Start Park offers excellent variety of terrain for beginners

Prairie Dawg Start Park offers excellent terrain and features for beginners

What about intermediate skiers and riders?
Guest looking for a bit more of a challenge will find the Daydreamer Progression Park to be right up their alley. Daydreamer is accessed off of the Humphreys Peak Quad Chair, which can be accessed utilizing the Hart Prairie Quad Chair.

A snowboarder slides a rail in Daydreamer Park

A snowboarder slides a rail in Daydreamer Park

What are some of the features in the advanced Sunset Terrain Park?
The Sunset Park contains the largest and most technical rails and snow features we offer at the ski area. Sunset is home to our medium and large jump lines as well as some of our signature rails like our 20′ Chain Rain. This rail has an actual chain welded to the top of it creating one of our more technical features.

How do you keep the terrain parks interesting?
The daystaff and cat crew are constantly looking for ways to improve the park experience for our guests. Because we’re constantly forming and reshaping the snow, look for feature changes and tweaks to each park weekly.

How does your work evolve during the off season?
During summer and fall months, our crew works on repairing old rails and boxes, painting them, and building new ones.