Build Better Freestyle/Cross Terrain with ParkScapers
The ParkScapers program is Canada’s only National terrain building initiative that focuses on disseminating industry best practices when building terrain parks, air sites, cross tracks and mogul fields.
Over 6 years ago a group of like minded snow industry professionals got together and started considering opportunities for the development of educational sessions focused solely on freestyle terrain development. The committee consists of ski area managers, snowcat drivers, park designers/builders, snow school staff and other industry representatives. The committee has developed a curriculum which includes industry trends (GPS snow mapping Riglet parks), risk management, as well as design-build-maintain (site selection, earth works, build technique, layout, signage). The program is offered through an on line session in the pre-season and two days on-snow where participants go out and build a terrain park and cross track features from the ground up. The intention is to allow participants to learn through guided discovery while maintaining an aspect of creativity in the design.
ParkScapers and The Competitive Snowsports Now Working Together!
In 2011/12 the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, Canada Snowboard and Alpine Canada formed the Snowsports Terrain Group(STG), to partner with ParkScapers and support the development of high quality terrain at clubs across Canada through better informed resort staff, officials, and coaches.
ParkScapers curriculum creates stage appropriate terrain for recreational users, snowschools and competitive clubs.
ParkScapers has trained over 150 participants from 100 resorts across the country. The program continues to grow this year as Can West in conjunction with ParkScapers delivers a fully revised version of the CWSAA Terrain Park Guidelines.