Nanook terrain park to be fully operational by spring semester

Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star Reporter
September 25, 2012

This spring, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be the first university nationally to have an on-campus terrain park. Nanook Terrain will be located on the hill below the Museum of the North available for community skiing and snowboarding use.

The park will host three jumps of 25, 30 and 40 feet heights with the opposite side of the hill featuring about 10 terrain park components of rails, boxes and wall slides which will be selected from student input. The Department of Recreation, Adventure & Wellness will be accepting comments on individual rail yard features at the Student Recreation Center until Friday, Sept. 28.

Former UAF undergraduate student, Mitch Halverson, proposed the idea of the terrain park after frustration  at the institutional removal of student-made jumps during the wintertime. The group was originally met with resistance from Risk Management because of the inherent dangers of gravity sports. The project is nearing completion with consulting from the US Terrain Park Council who helped shape the jumps and determine traffic flow of the park.

Student and community park users will be required to watch the Burton Smart Style video, created by Burton Snowboard Company, to ensure the protection of other users on the hill. Operational hours for the months of January and February will be based on sunlight, as there will be no artificial lighting in the fenced in area. Facilities Services plans to rent equipment to maintain safe snow conditions in the park during the spring semester.

The Terrain Park will not disrupt any of the cross country skiing trails or the sledding hill near the park area and will remain fully operational this winter season.

The park is expected to open in January, but could open sooner if snowpack conditions allow it. UAF students and community members can look forward to rail jams and an opening bash in the coming months.

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