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City Shreddin': Denver’s Free Terrain Park Cranks Up


Flyin' high over city of Denver. (Ruby Hill Railyard/Facebook)

For the 12th year, the nation’s best-known urban terrain park has opened at Ruby Hill Park in downtown Denver.

A project of Denver Parks & Rec, Winter Park Resort and Christy Sports, the cluster of park features sits on high ground on Ruby Hill just southeast of downtown Denver.

“Thanks to Ruby Hill, those who might not have the means to come to the mountains can still experience the thrill of skiing and snowboarding,” Winter Park’s Steve Hurlburt told SnoCountry.com. ‘”Hopefully, it creates more fans of the sport who wouldn’t otherwise be.”

Snowmaking puts down base for shredders. (Ruby Hill Railyard/Facebook)

The three partners have joined up each year to open up the Ruby Hill Railyard on an acre of slope in the park, with boxes, rails, jumps and other features of terrain parks.

The park first opened in 2006 and immediately found a following. Some 3,000 shredders showed up the first year, and twice that amount came in 2007.

This winter, the group has added three boxes to its park, bringing the total to 13.

Lights come on at 5 p.m. at Ruby Hill Railyard. (Ruby Hill Railyard/Facebook)

On Fridays evenings, and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, representatives of Christy Sports are on to rent out snowboards and skis to youths ages eight to 17 for free, as long as a parent or guardian is present.

As in past years, Winter Park has loaned out snowmaking equipment to get a couple of feet on the ground in order to drop the ropes on the park. Recent snowfall in Denver metro area has only improved the conditions.

The Ruby Hill Railyard is open daily 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. At 5 p.m., the lights come on to illuminate the park. Supervision is provided by volunteers, many of whom with terrain park experience. At night, the lights of downtown Denver provide a scenic backdrop.

The hilly terrain of Ruby Hill Park has long been a favorite for Denverites to come tobogganing, sledding and tubing since the city developed the land in the 1950s.

The success of Ruby Hill Railyard has spawned a number of urban terrain parks around the country, including Boise, Idaho, and Lansing, Michigan.


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