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Behind the Scenes: Building Snowbasin’s Terrain Parks

By Alyssa Erickson Fri Mar 15 2019 Skiing, Snowboarding, Terrain Parks

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to design, build and maintain Snowbasin’s Terrain Parks? Well, it can be a lot of thought and work! Today, we catch up with Tim Eastley, the Terrain Parks Manager, for an up close look at the work the Terrain Park Team does and how we, the public, can be good patrons of the parks.

But first, if you would like a introduction to Snowbasin’s four on mountain parks as well as a basic safety guide, please visit: Snowbasin Terrain Parks | Family Fun for Everyone

So Tim, how many employees work on building the four parks at Snowbasin?

We have a staff of 11 full time employees, so on any one day we have five to six people working. Two groomers and nine day staff.

How long does it take to build a terrain park?

From making the snow to a finished park totally depends on the size and scope of the park. It can take a week to multiple weeks to “build” a park.  

Who designs the parks and decides what features there will be?

We work as a team deciding what we want in the park and where. We will draw a map and then start building from there.

The final product is always a little different because of the snow location and changes on the spot that would work better for grooming and maintenance.

Are there reasons a park might be closed for additional work or due to conditions? If so, why?

Yes. After every snowstorm we dig out the park features and make them ridable again. Sometimes that is not possible during large storm cycles or the wood skirting underneath might become damaged by a snowcat or guest usage.

As a team, we try our best to keep them open every day. Certain parks might also be closed for competitions throughout the season.

How can the general public be good stewards of the terrain parks and help your team?

Always ride within your ability. Ski / ride within control and at a reasonable speed between the parks. Freestyle riding should be kept out of the slow zones and the new family zone.

Feel free to talk to any of the staff, we would love to hear your ideas and suggestions!

Alyssa Erickson
I am a wife, mom, rock climber, skier, coffee lover and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and am the founder of KidProject.org. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One who gave it to us.