Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mountain Mechanics: First Stop, Loon Mt.


Tomorrow the Mountain Mechanics group will travel to Loon Mt. to meet with Terrain Park Manager, Brian Norton. After our group rides through the park with Brian, we will then visit the Shaping Shack in Loon Mountain Park. Brian will teach us how the jumps, rails, boxes, and other park features are constructed at Loon.

We will have a Q&A session will Brian and discuss the following questions:
  1. Where do you get the materials for building the boxes and rails?
  2. What is your budget for the park?
  3. How many people are on park staff? How do you decide who to hire?
  4. How do you build a proper jump?
  5. What sponsors do you work with?
  6. Who does the promotion for your park?
  7. Does Loon Mt. Park sponsor riders/skiers?
  8. What do you take into consideration when building a park?
  9. Who decides what features go into the park?
  10. What is some advice you'd give to young riders/skiers while in the park?
  11. How have parks changed over the past years?
  12. Where do you get your water from to make the snow at Loon?
  13. What are the major competitions you have throughout the year at Loon? Which receive the most attention?
  14. How many years have you been working at Loon and when/how did you start?
  15. rated Loon as the #4 terrain park on the East coast in 2014, and Transworld Snowboarding rated Loon as the #3 terrain park on the East Coast. How do you think Loon has managed to reach such success in their terrain park?

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