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post #1 of 18
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RESORTS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES FOCUSES ON TERRAIN PARK SAFETY WITH AN INDUSTRY-LEADING INITIATIVE

Calgary, AB – November 8, 2007 - Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (RCR) is recognized as an industry leader in providing world-class guest experiences at its mountain resorts throughout Canada. In doing so, RCR believes that safety in its mountain environments is one of its most important values. Supporting this mandate, RCR is moving in a new direction that will enhance safety at all of its resorts.

RCR cares deeply about the well-being of all of its guests and takes responsibility for their care very seriously. “We are undertaking an industry-leading initiative,” says Matt Mosteller, Senior Director of Business Development for Resorts of the Canadian Rockies. “All man-made snow jumps will be eliminated from RCR terrain parks this season.”

“We have found that one of the main issues that increase the likelihood of serious injury on our mountains is big air,” says Mosteller. “When we are making decisions about safety at our resorts, the big jumps in the terrain parks always come into the equation. We decided to make a change.”

Continues Mosteller, “We are committed to providing our guests with a safe experience at our mountains. We realize that this change may disappoint some guests who regularly use these man-made jump features. However, we believe we have a strong moral obligation to not compromise the safety of our guests.”

At the same time, RCR will be making an increased investment in new rails and features for RCR’s terrain parks. For example, this year’s RCR TELUS Park at Lake Louise Mountain Resort features the highest-ever investment in new, state-of-the-art rail features that will cater to a wide variety of ages and abilities. RCR will have rail parks this season at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort and Nakiska.

With the new rail park format, RCR will host a Rail Jam Series that will take place at Lake Louise Mountain Resort, Fernie Alpine Resort and Nakiska. Features used in the Rail Jam Series will be suitable for a high level of competition, while also adhering to safe practices.

For the past three seasons, RCR has also worked hard on developing its family-friendly terrain parks. These unique parks, separate from the larger parks, feature small rails, boxes and rollers, encouraging learning, safety and fun in a non-intimidating environment. The feedback on these parks has been positive and they will continue to develop at all of the resorts.
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Taking safety seriously or big brother paranioa?
post #2 of 18
Well, I hope they get rid of the bad music too.

Seriously, Fernie's terrain park seemed pretty mellow and wasn't as full of accidents as other "trauma parks" I've seen.

Canadians worry that we'll catch up with the US in proliferation of litigation, and sadly, that seems to be the trend.
post #3 of 18
Wow - no jumps at all? Is that right? Guess we'll be crossing those resorts off our list of potential family destinations. (15 yo skis parks and pipes all the time, local freestyle team member, pretty capable on jumps - small and mid-sized.)

I would guess it's liability/insurance concerns that are really driving this move, and I'm wondering if other resorts will follow suit.

Besides, don't rails do some nasty damage too? And aren't there other ways to promote safety - eg. Intrawest's required safety education and pass system? Graduated access? Limited entry? Seems like there might be better alternatives without denying experienced skiers a key feature.
post #4 of 18
Yeah, I've gotten hurt way worse on rails than jumps.
post #5 of 18
I'd have to say patrolling I've seen a lot of broken wrists on the rails but I've seen permanent brain injuries on the jumps. I'm not as surprised to see them go as I was to see them put in to begin with. I figure that going off those things is a personal choice, but in a practical view I'm not surprised.
post #6 of 18
rails scare me way worse then jumps do. Something about falling on metal...not so pleasant.
post #7 of 18
looks like the Rockies have gone 'soft'
post #8 of 18
To quote Spicoli.."That sucks".

Welcome to 1988.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Welcome to 1988.
Can we start skiing on straight skis again too
post #10 of 18
Time to buy a shovel. Build your own 3' kicker and fly with the crows.

Those jumps are totally excessive. You either come up short or out jump the landing.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
Time to buy a shovel. Build your own 3' kicker and fly with the crows.

Those jumps are totally excessive. You either come up short or out jump the landing.
Thats not true, it is not that difficult to get in the landing. Plus those jumps are necessary for some of the more progressive tricks that require greater hang times (non of which I can do).
post #12 of 18
Does that means the park rats will now spill over to MY trails?
post #13 of 18
I smell a lawyer
post #14 of 18
I really enjoyed Louise's park each season, going to miss it thats for sure
post #15 of 18
Does this mean they'll all come to Sunshine? Or will we just see a lot more small shovels stuffed into backpacks? And what about those jumps on the freestyle mogul course?
post #16 of 18
GNJ, what jumps on the freestyle mogul course? has either LL or FAR ever had a mogul course that lasted longer than the comp it was built for?
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie View Post
Does this mean they'll all come to Sunshine? Or will we just see a lot more small shovels stuffed into backpacks? And what about those jumps on the freestyle mogul course?

Sunshine's park was nothing in comparision to louise
post #18 of 18
It's rather surprising that such a litigation-phobic move was made in Canada before the US.
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