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. We want to give a shoutout to both our riders and our lift staff for helping us adapt as smoothly as possible to what has felt like near-constant changes over the last year. 

The mountain will be open on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day, then seven days a week starting June 1. The backyard is getting greener every day: summer laps are on the horizon! Get your passes here.

Trail Crew has been making their way steadily through the woods, getting the mountain closer and closer to being 100% open. Ropes dropped this past week on Bonesaw, Hellion, ODB, and Jack Rabbit Run. Rumor has it that NE Style is next on the list.

The Dual Slalom course recently saw a full workthrough for the first time in several years, if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to go head-to-head with your buddy. You’ll also notice progress being made in the final stretch of Lower NE Style to the left of the lift. By all accounts, that last jump is going to be one hell of a feature. (Those of you who were around back in the days of The Humiliator…your redemption run is fast approaching.)

Speaking of redemption, the 2021 Friday Night Race Series will take off on June 25! We’re seeing quite a few familiar names on the roster and are looking forward to six weeks of spirited competition. Registration for the full series is full, but this year we’re offering five drop-in spots every week. (Drop-in registration will open on race day, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.)

Even if you’re not racing, everyone is encouraged to stick around on Friday evenings and enjoy live music and good times in the backyard courtesy of our FNRS sponsors: Founders Brewing, POC, and Mutt Society.

The first event in our Freebird Slopestyle Series is also coming up soon. Join us on Saturday, June 19 to watch some of the best local shredders throw down on the slope course. All three stops are FMB Bronze events, and will feature both men’s and women’s categories in two different age classes.

Who will take home the series winner title in September? Could it be you? Athlete registration is open now. 

Uphill access is continuing on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for all of your ‘earn your turns’ fun times. This Wednesday, May 26 is the last week to take advantage of the 3:30pm Wednesduro start time.

The first Wednesduro Race of the season is this week: we’ll be racing Bonesaw to Jack Rabbit. All racers receive two timed runs, with prizing for the top three finishers in both men’s and women’s categories courtesy of Oskar Blues. Registration will close one our prior to the race start. Come show us what you’ve got!

We’re looking forward to an exciting season ahead. As always: stay rad, stay safe, and we’ll see you on the hill.

 

Don’t Miss Out:

  • New apparel, bandanas, and glassware available in the Highland Flagship Store
  • Registration open for Kids Camp: single day program for kids ages 6-14, offered most Saturdays throughout the season
  • Correct bad habits and master new skills this season! Sign up for a private lesson with one of our Highland Training coaches