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Building big

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun

Photo courtesy of Eric RosenwaldA view looking down on the Channel Gap that Boreal park crew members built during Snowboarder Magazine's 10th Annual Superpark.

Boreal Mountain Resort terrain park director Eric Rosenwald is known for building nifty features to the liking of daring snowboarders and skiers.

That reputation combined with his leadership role this winter creating Boreal’s all-mountain terrain park, Jibassic Park, earned him an invitation to Snowboarder Magazine’s 10th Annual Superpark in Keystone, Colo., April 10 through 18.

“It says something about Boreal ” that Boreal is legit,” Rosenwald said. “We earned the honor for what we put on the hill this year. Invitations aren’t automatic.”

The invites have become darn near automatic for Rosenwald, though, who has taken part in seven of the 10 Superpark events held annually at various resorts across the country. He was invited one year as a rider and the other six as a builder.

“This was one of the best ever,” Rosenwald said of Superpark 10, which had constant action going on during the six days of riding and filming.

Rosenwald, who headed the park crew at June Mountain for three years before working at Alpine Meadows last winter and Boreal this year, was allowed to bring whomever he wanted to be part of his team. He brought fellow Jibassic Park builders Jason Cockrum and Colby Marble.

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“These guys are the core of my crew at Boreal,” Rosenwald said, adding that he and Cockrum spent most of the time constructing jumps while Marble served as the “all-star” utility man who took on whatever task needed to be done.

“We spent three days pushing more snow than you could imagine,” Rosenwald said.

In those three days, the Boreal team built several giant features, including a classic step-down and a hip, each almost as tall as the chairlift, Rosenwald said. They also built a double table transfer over a gap ” referred to by Snowboarder Magazine as the Channel Gap. The jumps were all approximately 70 feet in length.

Once finished constructing what is intended to be the park of the year, Rosenwald and the other terrain park builders got to relax and watch the best snowboarders in the world throw down for the cameras. Asked to pick a few standout riders,

Rosenwald named Eddie Wall, Chad Otterstrom, Scotty Lago, Nate Sheehan and Danny Kass. But there were others.

“That’s the short list, for sure,” he said.