has always been lacking at Bear, and I wanted to bring skiers (here) and show what they all about, Coker said, looking at the course.
are awesome, in that sense, said Shoemaker, a snowboarder.
Behind the rear window is a yellow tiller the 34 year old uses to smooth the snow surface, like a Zamboni on a hockey rink.
BIG BEAR LAKE >> Snow was falling from the dark Saturday morning sky when Clayton Shoemaker arrived at work and hopped inside a piece of machinery.
The machine is called a snowcat, used for pushing around snow and smoothing out the course. Shoemaker drives in reverse almost as Nike Air Max Tavas Essential Trainers
Colo., two months ago. Next week he travel to South Korea to construct a rail jam course.
While Shoemaker parked the snowcat, other members of the park crew continued raking and shoveling until warm ups began. Then they hopped on snowmobiles and caravanned competitors to the top of the course during the event, which wraps up this afternoon.
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The front of the red has a black blade, similar to a snowplow that Shoemaker controls with a joystick.
Shoemaker along with professional skier Craig Coker of Big Bear Lake designed the course last summer. It was Coker who brought War of Rails to his home resort.
the biggest course we built, said the 13 year veteran employee of Bear Mountain.
we didn have an event today, I probably be taking powder laps, he later added. just the truth.
often as he cruises forward.
And the features aren meant for acrophobics. The course forces skiers to air 10 15 feet before sliding across, up or over a metal rail.
The sun wouldn illuminate Bear Mountain for a few hours. But Shoemaker and the rest of the ski area terrain park crew had to have a course finished in time for one of the resort premier events, after 36 hours of torturous weather. due to high winds and lightning, postponing the contest a day, according to Chris Riddle, the resort vice president of marketing.
While treading over the fresh snow, Shoemaker said he felt bad ruining the fluffy powder.
Before moving to Big Bear Lake, Shoemaker worked at Mount Shasta in Northern California.
Mountain and Snow Summit were world famous for having the best terrain parks when I was a kid, so I wanted to work here, he said.
The planning stage started months before the resort received its first snowfall.
As Shoemaker and his machine moved large piles of snow, other members of the terrain park crew shoveled and raked the takeoffs and landings of the nine features made of snow and 12 metal objects, like handrails Air Max Thea Premium Sneakers and walls.
The group started building the course on Thursday, earlier than normal, because they saw the weather forecast and needed time to gather snow from other runs. Snowfall has been lacking this year.
Bear Mountain ski resort crew labors to be ready for War of Rails
Besides shaping and designing the terrain parks at Big Bear Mountain Resorts, Shoemaker helped build the course for the Winter X Games, held in Aspen, Nike Air Max Tavas All Blue
Shoemaker, who normally builds jumps and jibs for the snowboarder dominant resort, said skiers can go faster and bigger, allowing him to construct larger hits.
as the sun started to set, the rain turned to snow and the resort reported 9 inches of accumulation overnight. Saturday to fix the mess Mother Nature made of their course. newscast. the rain came. the quick TV interview, Shoemaker was back in his machine, dressed in a rust orange beanie, blue flannel shirt and black snowpants with suspenders.
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