Snowparks

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Snowparks

As you’ve probably seen on TV and the Olympics, snowparks are a fun place for skiers and snowboarders to hone their skills, while performing high flying aerial tricks. But now the fun is for everyone, no matter your skill level. Whether you are just a beginner, or working to perfect your favorite tricks, the snowpark provides a festive atmosphere for all, even for those who just wish to witness the action.

Created in the United States during the 1990’s, snowparks have witnessed an explosive growth in popularity, following the rise of snowboarding. Now most ski resorts have a park of their own. Reserved early on for only the most skilled snowboarders and skiers, today’s snowparks include the traditional halfpipes, ramps, and rails, in addition to areas designated for those just starting to learn. Many resorts offer areas for beginners wishing to get involved, such as the Kid’s Parkway at Avoriaz, the Moon Park at Méribel, and the Easy Zone at Valloire. Always keeping an eye on safety, those new to the sport are outfitted with helmets and protective equipment, as they progress and perfect their skills. Whether you only wish to stay on the sidelines and witness the high flying acrobatics, or if you would like try a few tricks yourself, snowparks are great place to enjoy the high-altitude festivities.

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