Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin
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This is email from Chuck, the owner of Granite Peak.
We will need to look at and respond to the thread of postings on Facebook and correct the misunderstanding about the new park on Western Frontier instead of the old park on Main Event. It was not moved to make room for more moguls but rather to improve and expand the park.
The park was moved to Western Frontier to improve the park so that an entire run would be dedicated to the new terrain park. With the increased traffic we expect in the West with the new Dasher High Speed Lift (which will cut time riding the chair from about 10 minutes to about 3 minutes), we believed that moving the park to its own dedicated run would improve the riding experience and allow for more features and a better variety of features. Having it on Western Frontier will allow the expansion of the park onto the upper headwall, which, given the width of Western Frontier will allow several features on this steeper upper portion. In contrast, the terrain park on Main Event had zero features on the upper headwall, and no advanced features. The terrain below the headwall on Western Frontier is about the same pitch as Main Event where the features were located last year but on Western Frontier the terrain park will not have to share the run with a separate non-terrain park lane as was the case on Main Event. This should allow for a more varied and interesting set of features on Western Frontier than were possible on Main Event. Western Frontier is larger than the portion of Main Event devoted to the terrain features and thus the park overall will increase in size.
Our goal, as always, has been to improve the riding and skiing experience, and we believe moving the terrain park to Western Frontier will improve the riding experience of the new park versus the old park. Whenever we have changed location of parks or other features, some of our customers (and even some of our staff) have worried that the change will be for the worse. But once they ski or ride the new terrain (or get feedback from customers after the customers have experienced the new change), most everyone ends up agreeing that the change was for the best.
Thanks for the heads up about this issue—we will need clear up the misunderstanding about the reasons for moving the park (to improve it) and that it had nothing to do with adding moguls (the moguls will only occupy about 1/3 of the width of the run (although they will be extended downhill several hundred feet) leaving the other 2/3s of the run open for free skiing and riding).