Feature Story

16Feb08

Feature Maintenance

Over here at the unbound we are very particular about how our parks look. Every day and every night there is an emphasis on how things are done, so that every morning when you get up to the mountain, rain or shine, our parks look as perfect as possible. I chatted with unbound terrain parks manager Chris Zajec about his thoughts…

hh-Why is feature Maintenance so important?
cz-All features seem to ride better if they look good; also we maintain the trajectory of every takeoff so that it rides correctly

hh-Which is more important, the cat end or the day crew end for feature maintenance?
cz-Both are equally as important, day crew cleans up what the cats can’t get. Cat crew gives the day crew a fresh canvas to work with daily

hh-What’s one thing in particular that’s super crucial to feature maintenance?
cz-Having the right guys controlling the shovel

Before Chris was the Terrain Park Manager, he worked on the Park Cat side of things in our department. He is a very hard worker, and very experienced in the Terrain Park world. I also talked with Oren Tanzer, the Director of the Unbound, and asked him the same questions, this is what he had to say.

hh-Why is feature Maintenance so important?
ot- Feature maintenance is so important because features are constantly changing as the snow conditions change. It gives the guys a chance to thoroughly inspect all features to make sure that there are no uneven surfaces and that the feature is in good shape for the public’s use.

hh-Which is more important, the cat end or the day crew end for feature maintenance?
ot-The cat crew is only as good as the day crew and the day crew is only as good as the cat crew. The are both equally important. A cat can get the feature 90% complete but it takes that last 10% of hand shaping to bring it up to our standards.

hh-What’s one thing in particular that’s super crucial to feature maintenance?
ot- The most important thing is that the take off has no ruts or bumps and is a perfect even surface and that the landings are clear of any debris or uneven surfaces.

Oren has about 13 years experience in Park Building, so he knows what he is talking about when it comes to this stuff!

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One Response to “Feature Story”

  1. 1 chenzi whyte

    After having read some of the response towards the features in your parks,it would seem your park crew is under staffed.Is this the reason for a seemingly negative response from the riding public?Is this why there’s a lack of response to the Park Maintenance article above?If mammoth “CARES”,prove it to the people who count.Prove that you do care and make mammoth what it should be,number one!!


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