Buck Hill is the latest ski area in the Twin Cities to step up its freestyle game, bringing in Destoy Terrain Parks, a Maine-based company, to build its terrain park. Destoy claims that it is able to make its park flow exceptionally well through GPS technology and 3-D modeling. It also provides custom-build features, and promises "plenty of round pipe rails" for the upcoming season.
The ten-year old company has done work for resorts that are mostly in the eastern United States, including Massachusetts (Wachusset), Maine (Mt. Abram), Pennsylvania (Blue Mountain), and New York (Kissing Bridge).
In a related development, Buck is inviting customers to submit their ideas for the park through a special e-mail address. The winning design, as determined by a Facebook contest, will be incorporated into the park.
In addition, park riders may be able to get some great shots of themselves in action, with a new HD camera going into the park.
When I asked whether there were plans to install a rope to go with the new park, Jessica Stone, Buck's marketing manager, said "someday with some additional grading we would like to on the south side for park riders." Fortunately, the area installed a speedy quad lift a couple of seasons ago to replace a slow double.
Buck Hill will continue to offer a halfpipe, and plans to host several contests on it this season.