Bear Creek Mountain Resort was recently named Best Feature in the World by readers of Ski Area Management (SAM).
Nearly 1,800 votes were recently cast during the publication’s 16th Annual Ski Area Management Terrain Park Contest. The contest aims to showcase the “creativity, hard work, and progression of terrain park builders.” A total of 60 entries from mountain resorts around the world competed for the top spot in one of four categories for 2022, according to a press release.
When all the votes were tallied, Bear Creek emerged victorious in the Features category and was named Best Snow Park in the World.
“We have an outstanding team that takes great pride in creating unbelievable guest experiences on and off the slopes,” Erin Visco, general manager of Bear Creek, said in a statement. “This award is a true testament to the hard work of our team members, and we’re so proud to receive this recognition.”
The Bear Creek team took advantage of record cold weather at the end of January 2022 to put together elements of the Snow Park, according to the release. Led by head builder and park groomer Aiden Bulwicz, the team drew inspiration from Snowboy Productions’ Holy Bowly event, to create the feature.
Over the span of three nights, Bulwicz built one snow feature each night in addition to his usual grooming routine, the resort said, with some fine-tuning done by three or four members of the morning park crew using Arena Snowparks rakes.
The Snow Park features included: “a 20-foot-tall by 60-foot-long hip; a six-foot-deep symmetrical bowl section; and a 15-foot-tall volcano — all made of snow,” the release stated. The features were able to be used by all skill levels, which allowed Bear Creek guests to take the elements at their own pace.
“We had a great field of submissions this year from resorts small and large, as well as the debut of our new category, ‘Terrain Park Crews,’” Olivia Rowan, publisher of Ski Area Management, said in a statement, adding that the Terrain Park Contest “aims to inspire mountain resort professionals to continue refining their park offerings, and it reinforces the importance of terrain parks in the overall operation of a ski area.”
The Terrain Park is part of Bear Creek Mountain Resort’s snow activities, which operate daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. For more information visit bcmountainresort.com.