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Random Rails: ‘Stash Parks’ To Crop Up All Over Angel Fire

 

Angel Fire railsAngel Fire Resort has become a mecca for mountain bikers in the summer, so the New Mexico mountain is ramping up its terrain parks to bring that same trickster intensity to wintertime.

The resort has hired longtime park designer Jon Eppler – himself a native of Angel Fire – to both revamp the resort’s signature Liberation Park and also to insert “stash parks” around the mountain for spur-of-the-moment jumps and drops.

“There are lots of skiers and snowboarders here that are hungry for park features,” Eppler told SnoCountry.com. “We’re going to give them food to eat.”

As mid-December opening day approaches, Eppler and his crews are busy adding features to the pro and mid-level lines in the mountain-top Liberation Park to make the park “more accessible and progressive,” he said. Park-ers can get to Liberation off the top of the Chile Express or by riding Lift 3 on the backside.

The locations for the stash parks won’t be on the trail map but riders and skiers looking for a quick rail or box rush will find them along the side of the wider trails on both sides of the mountain.

“Most of them will be right on the edge of the trails, although we are planning to tuck away a couple in the trees,” Eppler said. “There will be signs so that you can find your way around.”

The stash park features will constructed mostly out of snow and wood, and may change in configuration during the season, depending upon the snow conditions. They will typically be 500-1,000 feet long.

“We want add more fun on the mountain,” Eppler said. “These stash parks are like mini-parks in the wider and flow areas of the hill.”

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Photos: Look for rails and more in "stash parks" all over the mountain (Angel Fire/Facebook); Below -- This board jumper at Angel Fire will find plenty of action this winter (Angel Fire/Facebook)

Angel Fire board jumper

 

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