After being confined to the Cut Park, the Quiksilver Park has finally opened! To kick things off, we held a Park Jam in the Quik Park.
As a result of a combination of many things, I was able to be at Grouse at noon on Friday, the day before the Quiksilver Park opened. Getting off school early, bluebird skies and not having to pick up Andrew from school (lucky guy, he had a free day on his birthday! Of course he spent it at Grouse), I knew I wanted to be up at Grouse ASAP. This was the first day of the season that I brought up my tinted goggles; I had only been night riding prior to this day.
I grabbed some wings for lunch with Andrew, and we promptly met up with some of our friends. After a few laps of the park, my bindings became loose. Bummer! I used this opportunity (if you could call it that) to grab my camera on the way back from tightening my bindings. With clear skies and the city in plain sight, it was a beautiful day for photos.
After that crew departed, one of my friends, Brendan Schneeberger, came up. He sessioned the jump while I shot some video until it got dark, and then did some laps around the mountain. While doing laps with him, I realized how different the snow was - earlier in the day, it was soft and slushy, but now at dusk it was hard and icy. It was bearable, though, so we crushed a few laps before we went in to eat. After downing some pulled pork poutine and Red Bull, we were back on the slopes, this time to shoot stills.
There aren't any lights shining directly on the jumps, but there was enough ambient light to be able to see them. After a taking a few photos, a rider went down hard on the landing, and the jump was closed. As soon as the transporter departed with the rider, Brendan was back at the top. Patrol had come down at the same time to inform us that it was 10:15 and that we had one shot left. After bagging the shot of Brendan with a tailgrab, it was time to pack and head to the bottom of the chair.
And with that, we were off to take the tram back down.
Have you hit the Quiksilver Park yet? What's your favourite feature?