Stratton Mountain Resort has one of the most historic terrain park networks in the country. After Jake Burton saw the freestyle setups at Breckenridge and Sugar Bowl, he helped build a halfpipe at Stratton for the 1988 U.S. Open. The Vermont ski resort became one of the original hubs of snowboarding, and thus, the terrain park movement in the coming decades. The terrain parks at Stratton are regarded as some of the best in the Northeast.
Toby Malandrinos, who is the new terrain park supervisor of Stratton, is looking to grow the mountain’s freestyle terrain. Before getting this position, he was one of the lead groomers for the terrain parks at Okemo, which has a solid setup of its own. His goal for the terrain parks this winter is to move them in a progressive direction.
The major addition will be a 12ft high, 120ft long halfpipe on Big Ben that will open during the early season. Big Ben will also have a natural section with lumber jibs and natural drops. The other new terrain park additions will include Progression-forward features on Tyrolienne, Beeline will be returning as a terrain park with a small to medium-sized jump line, East Brynes Side will have rails and jumps when the banked slalom isn’t active, and the features throughout their terrain parks will be changed weekly.
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