The Eagle Superpipe, which hosted the 2002 Olympic half-pipe competition, is ready to ride for another season at Park City Mountain Resort.
The freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue opened Jan. 7 and will likely draw world-class competitors who will be getting ready for the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Feb. 2-5 at Park City and Deer Valley. The same halfpipe hosted the Olympics in 2002 and is the training site for Olympians Shaun White and Torah Bright.
The Park City superpipe is 22 feet high and sits at the base of the resort, next to the Three Kings Terrain Park, which is open under the lights until 9 p.m.
The Eagle Superpipe, which requires specialized grooming to get it into shape, is one of a dozen superpipes in the United States. Typically, these largest of the halfpipes have a width greater than their minimum height of 16 feet, and walls that run up to vertical.
The Eagle Superpipe opening will permit Park City Mountain crews to move over to construction of the King's Crown Park, which will be the site of slopestyle competitions at the FIS championships in February, according to Terrain Park Manager Jeremy Cooper.
Park City Mountain also has the Ridge Terrain Park, which features eight jumps and 11 jibs designed for the beginning terrain park skier or rider.