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This the the Wachusett mountain message board and it is monitored by one of their higher-ups. I have already talked to the grooming manager and he is up for anything pending approval by upper management. If you would like to make any comments regarding experiences you've had at other mountains, please fell free to chime in here or on their board!
Edit: Here's the text of the open letter (with commas).
Experts vs. the snowboard park: An open letter.
Dear Wachusett Management,
I was up on last Thursday, 1/9/02, when it was quite crowded as it often is. I checked out the snowboard park for the first time. I have some serious concerns about the amount of people moving through the park and the range of abilities of people trying to use it. The park is located on the beginner side of the mountain directly under the chairlift. There are probably hundreds of beginners and intermediates passing through the park every hour, most with little to no experience jumping. At the same time, there are a handful of experts taking runs through the park, going jump to jump without stopping, to carry their speed. When skiing a park like this, the experts are unable to sight jumps beforehand to make sure the landing is clear. I saw numerous close calls and was personally cut off about 75% of the time when approaching a jump. I saw no snow fencing, or “park rangers” in evidence – and I find that park rangers are usually an ineffective band-aid. It is just a matter of time before a serious collision results in a serious injury or worse.
The ironic thing is, most experts really have no wish to ski or ride a park with small jumps with flat landings on a flat trail, which I fully understand you are limited to for a park location at the moment. Most experts would prefer to have just one “expert level” jump rather than a park with small jumps. I suggest that an expert level jump should be constructed on one of the expert level trails on the other part of the mountain. This would be a 35-40 foot jump, with a steep landing using the terrain, off to the side of the trail, and using snow fencing to block the sides of both the jump and landing. Of course, this will greatly benefit the experts on the mountain who wish to pursue worthwhile jumping. This would move experts out of the park for the most part and greatly reduce the possibility of a high speed, blind collision between a large, adult/teen expert and a little kid.
I have called and talked to Scott Goodnow, the grooming manager, and he indicated that you were very receptive to constructive criticism. I understand that you are pushing for the construction of a new park area, and while this may be a half-decent long term solution, you will still have the problem discussed above, unless you have a park or jump that is safely constructed and restricted to experts.
Edited by Red Sled - 10/17/16 at 6:42pm
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