Northstar opens 22-foot pipe to public |

Northstar opens 22-foot pipe to public

Sun Staff report
Courtesy photoA snowboarder takes advantage of Northstar's new 22-foot superpipe. The resort opened the pipe to the public on Saturday.

Despite the sparse natural snow conditions throughout the Tahoe Basin, Northstar opened its Shaun White signature superpipe to the public this past Saturday, featuring 22-foot walls and a length exceeding 500 feet.

The new pipe is located on the Cat’s Face trail and was constructed completely of snow.

Designed in conjunction with Snow Park Technologies, Northstar’s longtime partner and the course builders for the Winter Dew Tour, Winter X Games and other high-profile events, the resort’s snowmaking and terrain park crews put in more than 700 hours to design the pipe.

and#8220;Our 22-foot superpipe was built to provide resort guests with a high-quality, world-class halfpipe, as well as to provide Shaun White with what he needs to train for the upcoming events he will compete in this season,and#8221; said Mike Schipani, Northstar’s terrain park manager.

and#8220;It’s not often that the public gets to ride the same competition quality pipe that an athlete of Shaun’s caliber trains in,and#8221; Schipani continued. and#8220;We’re excited not only to offer one of the few 22-foot superpipes in the country, but also to get it open this early in the season for our guests to experience.and#8221;

Thanks to its extensive snowmaking system, Northstar has 26 open trails and#8212; more than 15 miles and#8212; accessed by 17 lifts. The resort has nearly 40 terrain park features and top-to-bottom skiing and riding.