Both terrain parks
and backcountry have grown in popularity with advances in equipment and mountaineering
technology. "Terrain park" boarding is when you are snowboarding in
an area marked by the resort for terrain parks. Terrain parks usually consist
of jumps, most commonly referred to as "kickers", rails or boxes. There
are also two different ways to "ride" on a snowboard, regular style
(left foot forward) and goofy style (right foot forward).
Craig Kelly and Terje Håkonsen have been credited as two
of the founding fathers of freestyle snowboarding. Craig began the art of freestyle,
then later switched from the contest circuit to full time backcountry riding,
filming, and photography before being killed in an avalanche. Terje started young,
has been the subject of two movies, and recently achieved the world record quarterpipe
air at the 2007 Arctic Open.
Many believe that freestyle
snowboarding owes much of its form and content to skateboarding. Since a snowboard
is attached securely to your feet, you are unable to perform many of the skateboard
tricks, like a kickflip. With the recent introduction of rails into freestyle
snowboarding, a closer resemblance to skateboarding is seen.
are many different Freestyle disciplines including big air, slope style and the
half pipe. In the big air event, competitors launch from a hill or ramp and perform
stunts whilst in the air. They're judged on distance, height, difficulty of the
trick and their landing. In slope style competitors ride down a course while performing
tricks off the many jibs(rails), kickers(jumps), and quarter pipes.
Competitors perform tricks while descending a course,
moving around, over, across, or down obstacles. The course is full of obstacles
include boxes, rails, jumps, jibs (includes anything the board or rider can slide
across), and quarter pipes (a half side of a half pipe, although usually not as
The half-pipe is
a semi-circular ditch or purpose built ramp (that is usually on a downward slope),
between 12 and 21 feet deep. Competitors perform tricks while going from one side
to the other and while in the air above the sides of the pipe.
Whether just learning to link turns or pushing
the limits of an Alaskan descent, freeriders prefer the all mountain experience:
open terrain, backcountry chutes, fresh powder, trees, as well as an afternoon
spent in the park or in a freshly cut pipe. This is the realm where pros can show
what they are really made of.
Freeriding is the most
general style of snowboarding and has correspondingly versatile equipment. Like
freestyle, freeride equipment uses a soft boot. Boards in this category are relatively
longer and more directional in their shape. If you don't know what kind of terrain
you like, or know that you like everything, this is your category.
Racing / Freecarve
This often overlooked style of snowboarding
focuses on carving and racing. Sometimes called alpine snowboarding, freecarving
takes place on hard-pack or groomed runs and focuses on the ultimate carving turn.
Little or no jumping takes place in this discipline. Freecarve equipment is comprised
of a hard boot and plate binding system, while the boards are stiff, narrow and
The racing events are slalom, giant
slalom, and super G. In slalom, boarders race downhill through sets of gates that
force extremely tight turns, requiring plenty of technical skill as well as speed.
slalom uses a much longer course with gates set further apart, resulting in even
higher speeds. Super G is the fastest of all, with speeds of up to 45mph.
In snowboard cross, several riders race
down a track that has jumps and other hazards in the way. The winner is the rider
that finishes first.(wikipedia)
Whiteface Mountain, you'll find some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding
in North America. It has the greatest vertical drop this side of the Rockies and
is the only ski area in the East to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games.
Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Lift Elevation: 4,416 feet
3,350 feet (Biggest in the East)
Skiable Acreage: 211 acres
Gondola: 7.5 minutes from the base to the top of Little Whiteface
Snowmaking: 97% - does not include the slides
Terrain: One-third each of most difficult, more difficult, easiest
Half Pipe: 425 feet, International FIS Specs
Hours: 8:30 am
to 4 pm daily
First opened: 1957
The Slides: 35 acres (open
conditions permitting) Experts Only
Operated by: New York State Olympic
New York City and New Jersey
Take the NY State Thruway
(I-87) north to the Adirondack Northway (Exit 24 in Albany). Follow 87 to Exit
30. Pick up Route 9 north and follow it for two miles to Route 73. Continue on
73 for 28 miles to Lake Placid area. Take Route 86 east to Whiteface Mountain.
From NYC: 5 hrs, Albany: 2 1/2 hrs.
Take 401 east to Cornwall Bridge. Pick
up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick up Route
86. Continue on 86 thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to Whiteface Mountain. Drive
time: 5 1/2 hours.
Take Route 15 south to Champlain Crossing,
connecting with I-87 south. Take Exit 34 west, following Route 9 north, then follow
Route 86 to Whiteface Mountain. Drive time: 2 hours.
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Boston, Springfield, Hartford
Turnpike (I-90) to Albany. Pick up I-787 north to Cohoes. Connect with Route 7
west to I-87 north. Follow I-87 (Northway) to Exit 30, then use final directions
above: "From New York City..." Drive time from Boston: 5 hours.
Take routes south to the Cornwall Bridge.
Pick up Route 37 east to Malone. Follow Route 30 south to Paul Smiths and pick
up Route 86. Follow Route 86 and continue thru Saranac Lake and Lake Placid to
Whiteface Mountain. Drive time: 3 hours.
Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Points West
I-90 (NY State Thruway) east to Exit 36 (Syracuse). Pick up I-81 north and follow
to Watertown. Take Route 3 and follow it east to Saranac Lake, then follow Route
86 east to Whiteface Mountain. Drive times: From Buffalo: 5 1/2 hours; Rochester:
4 1/2 hours; Syracuse: 3 1/2 hours.
through Mid-April. 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Weekends until the end of April
Base 1,500 feet; Summit 3,600 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,100 feet
Longest Run: 2.9 miles
150 inches per year
Skiable Acres: 292
10% beginner, 60% intermediate, 30% expert
coverage, water supply from the Hudson River
Lifts: 9 total-
New 8 passenger Northwoods Gondola, 2 Quads, 1 Highspeed Triple (The Adirondack
Express), 3 Doubles, 2 Surface lifts.
Services: Two Lodges: Main
Base Lodge with dining, Ski & Snowboard School, mountain patrol, nursery,
rental shop, accessory and clothing shop, lounge, administration, ticketing; Saddle
Lodge at mid-mountain with food service.
Location: Route 28 and
Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek, NY, 21 miles off I-87
Mountain Offices, (518) 251-2411; Snow report, (800) 342-1234
Website - http://www.goremountain.com;
General Manager: Michael J. Pratt
Assistant GM/Ski School Director: Joe Barclay
Director of Marketing & Sales: Jason L. Sherry
TRAVELING FROM THE SOUTH
NYS Thruway to Exit 24. Take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 23 (Warrensburg).
Follow Route 9 for 4 miles to Route 28 and proceed 16 miles to Peaceful Valley
FROM THE NORTH
Take I-87 (the
Northway) to Exit 26 (Pottersville). Follow the Gore Mountain "Trailblazer"
signs through Olmstedville then left on Route 28N to North Creek. Make a left
turn onto Route 28 and then a right onto Peaceful Valley Road.
ROUTE (FROM NORTH OR SOUTH)
I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 25 (Chestertown). Follow Route 8 west for 11 miles.
Turn right in Wevertown on Route 28; proceed north to Peaceful Valley Road.
FROM THE WEST
Take I-90 (NYS Thruway)
east to Utica. Take Route 8 North from Utica to North Creek. Make a left onto
Peaceful Valley Road and continue 5 miles to Gore Mountain.
Mountain - 59 West Mountain Road, Glens
Falls, NY 12804. 3 miles west of Northway (I-87) exit 18. (518)793-6606. 1,010
foot vertical drop, 21 trails (beginner, intermediate and expert), 60% snowmaking.
Lessons and equipment rental available. Child care and kid-ski programs available.
Open daily, Monday through Friday 9:30AM-10:30PM, Saturday and Sunday 8:30AM-6PM.
Closed Christmas Day. Tickets are sold for 4 and 8 hour blocks.
Box 136 12 South Shore Rd. Ext. Wanakena, NY 13695 Ph/Fax: (315) 848-3488
The base for Packbasket Adventures is our lodge, located on the fabled Oswegatchie
River, famous for its scenic beauty, remote wildness and fine sport. The river
flows through Wanakena into Cranberry Lake, which has 40 of its 55 miles of shoreline
State protected and waiting to be explored. Our newly constructed lodge consists
of 4 bedrooms with private baths. Each room is finely appointed in the lodge style,
making for a cozy return at the end of the day's adventure.
Cross Country Ski Area:
Hill Lodge is a four season Adirondack Inn / Resort in the Adirondacks of
New York- a summer vacation destination and a complete cross country skiing
center in winter. Discover Garnet Hill's spectacular lake and mountain
view, distinctive accommodations, superb cuisine and outdoor fun.
Lake Rd, North River, NY 12856
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