On the Hill: Winter in summer
The ski/snowboard season makes an encore at Snowmass next month with the debut of the Velvet Falls Glacier.Kids in the Camp Aspen/Snowmass Riding Series can get instruction on the specially built terrain park, but it will also be open to the general public for three weekends in June.The “glacier” will consist of snow left over from the winter, saved to create a mini terrain park on a section of the Velvet Falls run, said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle.”We stockpiled a bunch of snow at the end of the season when we were shutting down,” he said. “It’s pretty cool. It’s something we’ve never done before. We’re kind of excited to offer it – see what the response is.”Enrollees in the Skico’s June 5-22 day camp (kids ages 6-14, who are level 5 and above skiers or snowboarders) can receive instruction in the terrain park along with the camp’s usual summer fun – mountainboarding, skateboarding, paintball and more. The camp offers full- and half-day sessions Mondays through Fridays.”This is just the first time we’ve been able to throw snow activities into the mix,” Hanle said.In addition, Velvet Falls Glacier will be open to the general public (weather permitting) on the weekends of June 10-11, June 17-18 and June 24-25. Uploading will be on the Burlingame lift; from there, skiers/riders can hike to Velvet Falls to reach a mix of beginner and intermediate fun boxes and rails. Lift tickets are $4 for children and $6 for adults. The number of skiers/riders will be limited to ensure a quality experience; access will be on a first-come, first-served basis.Skiers and boarders shouldn’t come expecting to link a bunch of turns down a run, though, Hanle cautioned.”It’s a snow park, basically is what it is – for fun boxes and rails, that sort of thing,” he said.The cost for the day camp is $120 for a full day with a choice of two activities, $65 for a half-day with one activity, or $500 for five days with two activities per day.Private lessons in the terrain park on weekends are also available.For more information or reservations, call 923-1227.
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