Park Report | October 2021

    Hard to believe that October is already upon us! The leaves are changing and fall conditions are starting to set in. With the park no longer open seven days a week, trail crew has been able to pay some extra attention to our more heavily trafficked trails.  October marks the end of Thursduro, but Wednesday night uphill access will continue through the end of the month. Please note that none of our trails are artificially lit, so Wednesduro riders should come prepared with headlamps. The park will be open 9am to 5pm on Monday, October 11th. View our fall hours and get your passes here. The days may be getter shorter, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down. Keep reading for the details about ongoing trail work, a new surface lift, Highland Halloween festivities, and more. Everything still looks the same over in Central Park, but that won’t be…

2021 Halloween Race

Happy Halloween! It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Join us on Saturday, October 30 to celebrate the season with another costumed race. This year we’re racing from Upper NE Style to Lower Happy Hour, so make sure your look is ready for the runway. (Racers aren’t required to wear a costume, but c’mon…it’d be a lot cooler if you did.) Awards will be given to the top three finishers in both men’s and women’s categories. We’ll also be rewarding the three best costumes we see on course. All racers must check in at the Welcome Center in the morning. Racing will begin from the summit at 11am. (Registration does not include your lift pass for the day. If you are not a season pass holder, you will need to purchase a day pass for the 30th in order to participate in the race.) Registration is $25. All proceeds…

Park Report | September 2021

Another summer has come and gone! We’ve been slacking on our park reports during the summer months (we were busy chasing campers around, working on our lift line tans, having too much fun, etcetera etcetera) but we’re back now, so buckle up. You thought the summer was exciting, just wait until you hear about everything that’s happening this fall. We have some great events on the horizon, including the Throwdown Showdown, Women’s Freeride Festival, and the final stop in the Freebird Slopestyle Series. The park will be open 9am to 5pm on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day. After that, we transition into fall hours and the lift will be closed Monday-Wednesday. As a bonus for all of you enduro enthusiasts out there, we will once again be moving the Wednesduro start time up to 3:30pm. You can view our seasonal hours and purchase passes here. So what’s new up…

2021 Throwdown Showdown: The Details

The Throwdown Showdown returns! Join us Saturday, September 4th for our annual mountain-wide jump jam, once again live and in-person. All riders are welcome to be a part of this event. Prizing will be given out at all three jam locations based on overall impression and judges’ whims. There is no registration necessary: just show up and show off! EVENT SCHEDULE: 8:00AM – Welcome Center Opens 9:00AM – Lift Opens 10:00AM-11:30AM – Tombstone Jam 1:00PM-2:30PM – Dirt Jump Jam 3:30PM-5:00PM  – Freebird Session 5:00PM – Lift Closes   MUSIC SCHEDULE: 11:00AM-4:00PM – Red Bull Event Truck 4:00PM-7:00PM –  Kali Stoddard-Imari

Freebird Slopestyle Series | Stop #2 Recap

Saturday, August 21 saw the second stop in the 2021 Freebird Slopestyle Series. Thirty-one athletes in three categories took to the slopestyle course to throw down on some of Highland’s most iconic features. Competition kicked off at 11am with the U14 class. The field had more than doubled in size since the first stop, with nine young riders flying their way through the course. Highland local Grady Payson was the first rider to drop in, setting the tone with a stylized run marked by a couple of fast one-footers and whips. 9-year-old Julian Voytilla stood out as the youngest competitor, still throwing a couple of toboggans and one-handers into the mix. Finley Kirschenmann   Left: Walden Bart Right: Max Abrams Simon Miller came within a point of unseating Hayes Livernois from the second place spot on his second run, but couldn’t quite push him out. Podium competition was steep: 14-year-old…

Freebird Slopestyle Series | Stop #1 Recap

Freebird Slopestyle Series | Stop #1 Recap

Highland has long served as a training ground for both new and seasoned athletes. This year, we’re building on our history of hosting slope events like the Claymore Challenge and the 2019 US Open of Slopestyle by bringing a new opportunity for competition to a fresh generation of riders: the 2021 Freebird Slopestyle Series. This three-part series offers three FMB Bronze events to riders in both men’s and women’s categories. (Highland is also offering a third category for riders aged 14 and under.) The first stop in the series took place on Saturday, June 19. Competition opened with the Under 14 age class, with a small but mighty crew of four battling it out. 14-year-old Dareck Graham secured the top spot after a rowdy run marked by an impressive tire grab. He was joined on the podium by Simon Miller (2nd) and Hayes Livernois (3rd). Despite being too young to…

Park Report: May 2021

       The 2021 season is underway! These first few weekends out on the hill have been an absolute blast. Opening weekend treated us to that classic spring mud that we all missed so much last year, but already the dirt has started drying out as the days get longer and the skies get sunnier. We’re out here smiling ear to ear from the summit to the base. (Then we pick the black flies out from between our teeth and jump back on the lift to do it all again.) As COVID restrictions start to relax, we’ve been able to start reintroducing triples on the chairlift. (Finally putting those 40 new carriers from last winter to the test!) On days when the singles line is open, single riders now have the option to load the chair alone or be paired with another group who have agreed to share the chair….

Wednesday for Wings

For every day pass sold on a Wednesday in 2021, Highland will donate $1 to Wings for Life. “Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. We fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.” – Wings for Life Over the years, Wings for Life has found a special place among the Highland Family. Every fall, our annual S’Ender Bash raises funds to support their mission of healing spinal cord injuries. Other Highland events, such as the 2020 Halloween Hellion Race and Accomplice screening, are also organized with Wings for Life in mind.  This season, we’re strengthening our support by introducing the Wednesday for Wings initiative. For every day pass sold on a Wednesday in 2021 (including Wednesduro passes) Highland will be donating $1 to Wings for Life….

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