Carinthia Parks Progression By Design
Carinthia is home to annual large-scale terrain park events like Red Bull All-Snow, The C.O.M.P., Carinthia Freeski Open and The Grommet Jam Series. (Mount Snow)
The largest area of freestyle terrain east of the Rockies, Mount Snow’s Carinthia Parks, is home to nine different terrain parks with nearly 150 features spread throughout. Carinthia is a breeding ground for some of the best athletes in snowsports thanks in large part to “progression by design.” This initiative is aimed at getting more people, young and old, into the park by having extra-small features all the way up to extra-large.
Mount Snow’s programs build on our innate thrill of taking little jumps on the side of a trail. Jumps and park features are built with purpose and a landing that’s designed for getting that same air. Skiers and riders can progress through the levels of the terrain parks with bigger air and the excitement of completion.
Mount Snow’s youngest rippers can start with the Burton Riglet program, an introduction to boarding for 3-6 year olds. Extra small terrain features let the groms learn technique on features with low consequence and slowly build confidence.
“The progression works really well because from the 3-6 year olds in the Riglet program we have slide features and boxes that we introduce from day one on snow,” Skiing and Riding Services Manager Brian Donovan told SnoCountry.com.
As kids grow their experience level increases, they work their way over to the Grommet Park where the features are similar in nature. “You are introducing new terrain, but you are not introducing new skills per se, because we keep the skills constant,” Donovan told us.
That progression carries over as kids progress into all nine parks, from Nitro to the Superpipe. “You are just introducing new terrain, you are not introducing new skills and terrain, but using skills we already developed and adding new parks for them to explore,” says Donovan.
This progression applies to students of any age. Donovan told us instructors introduce freestyle at all levels whether it is day one or day 101. “We make sure we are teaching skills and making the mountain fun. It’s easy to take a skill you are working on a freeride trail and then go into a park and show somebody how that skill actually translates onto a box or onto a rail or a bridge jump.”