Have you ever wanted to learn a new snowboarding or skiing air trick without having to worry about finishing the maneuver with a broken bone or concussion?
Boler Mountain is giving freestyle snowboarders a shot at attempting a Double McTwists and skiers the opportunity to pull off a Pistol Flip using an 12 x 8 metres bag jump.
“They really started exploding in the last few years and started becoming a common sight at other ski facilities as far as being used for training tools for ski and snowboard freestyle camps,” said Chuck Vandenberg, terrain park supervisor at the Griffith Street hill, about the giant inflatable bag that's 2,000 pounds deflated that arrived Tuesday (Jan. 15). “The more exposure they got the more of a necessity they became at a ski hill.
As a 13-year snowboarder, Vandenberg understands the help the bag jump can provide having tore his ACL while trying a new trick.
Even though the new Boler feature won’t officially be open for customers to go off the ramp and into the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) vinyl of the bag until after the hill’s Burton Demo Event on Friday (Jan. 19), the terrain supervisor has already tested it to try some new moves.
“I always seem to be grabbing with my front hand and I want to mix it up and grab tail or nose,” Vandenberg said. “It’s just good to try things you’d normally be uncomfortable trying and then learning it on the bag and taking it to the snow once you’re comfortable.”
The bag jump has helped everyone from beginner snowboarders to Olympic athletes and the reason freestyle snowboarding has gone from the 1080 (three rotations) being the best air trick a decade ago to Shaun White pulling off a Double McTwist (two flips and three and a half rotations) in the last few years.
For Boler, Vandenberg said the freestyle skiing and snowboarding programs the hill hosts, for beginners all the way up to the competitive level, will certainly up their game with assistance of the airbag.
The bag jump at Boler will be open all season on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., as well as Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If you’re looking for something to give you a jolt in the morning, a bag jump representative may have described his product best.
“(Forget) coffee. This will wake you up.”
A single jump pass for the airbag is $10, a day pass is $20 and an any day pass is for the season is $200. In addition to the bag pass, a valid lift ticket or season pass is needed.