From the beginner who has never been in a terrain park before to the expert getting ready for the X Games, and everything in between. With over 100 features, Telluride Terrain Parks will keep you grinning, high fiving, and lapping the parks all day long. By creating parks for all ability levels, we strive to offer guests a way to progress, improve, and advance between the different park levels. In doing so, we plan for logical transitions from our beginner, to intermediate, and all the way up to advanced park.
Look for the flutter flags and Smart Style signs (detailing the ability level required) at the entrance of each terrain park. To learn more about Smart Style go to www.terrainparksafety.org.
We want to hear from you! What features do you love and ride all the time, which features should go away and never return, what features would you like to see added? Feel free to contact Hannah Smith (Terrain Park Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Pittenger (Director of Mountain Operations) at email@example.com anytime with feedback.
The Terrain Park Crew is here for you! Stop by any park entrance and say hello to the staff, ask for directions, or give us feedback. Let us know what we can do to provide you with a safe and fun experience. It is our mission to exceed your expectations, maybe even blow your mind, every day through innovative, fun, creative, and safe features.
Always remember to make a plan, stay within your ability level, and have a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing you this winter!
The Park Crew
Hannah Smith, Terrain Park Manager
Hannah is a born and raised Telluride local. She grew up skiing in the parks here and developed a passion for the terrain park culture early. She went to school in Boulder, Colorado for studio art and environmental science, combining these two interests when she began sculpting features in a snow-cat. After college she returned home to Telluride and began working on the parks day crew, raking, building, and learning from master park builder Chris Meyer. Stepping into the management position ahead of the 2018/19 season, Hannah hopes to make the parks more community-focused and events-driven. She gets her inspiration from her team and wants to provide the kids riding park today the same fun, welcoming, and exciting experience that she had growing up. Look for her smiling face out on the hill!
Brandon McFadden, Lead Builder
Brandon grew up in Durango, Colorado and worked as a park builder at Purgatory Ski Area for 5 years. He moved to Telluride in 2013, and has been shaping parks here ever since. He loves being in a snow-cat and says there is always more to learn about using the machine. His inspiration comes from the world wide community of park builders, which is made accessible through social media. Brandon is also a skilled welder and uses this skill to fabricate rails and boxes in the summer months. As a park skier himself, he wants to create the features that he would love to ride on, and to keep the parks fresh by switching them up year to year and month to month.
Ute Park Terrain Park
Beginner to Intermediate skiers and snowboarders
With around 25 beginner and 25 intermediate features, Ute Park has something for beginners, intermediates, families, and all the kids out there. Here you will find a separate beginner and intermediate line containing a wide variety of jumps and features that will be a great introduction to freestyle terrain. The Ute Park provides a great way to build your skill set and confidence before progressing to the next level. It is truly some of the coolest and most creative terrain based learning you will find!
Key features: The beginner line (left off Ute Park Express, stay skiers right) is filled with all sorts of fun features including: rollers, bank turns, a mini half pipe, small jumps, and ride on/off boxes and rails.
The intermediate line (right off Ute Park Express, stay skiers left) is filled with 5’ – 15’ jumps, rails, boxes, and some non-traditional features such as barrels, and logs.
Location: The Ute Terrain Park is located off the Ute Park Express. The easiest way to access this lift is to ride the Sunshine Express and go straight off the lift towards Ute Park. To access the beginner line, go left off the lift and then go through the entrance on the right side of the trail. To access the intermediate line, go right off the lift and then go the entrance on the left side of the trail.;
Hoot Brown Intermediate Terrain Park
With around 25 features, The Hoot Brown Intermediate Park has a little bit of everything. Two different lines running side by side offer intermediate and advanced riders the chance to show off their skills to the Village Express ski lift flying above. The park staff does an amazing job of mixing up the features in this park every couple weeks, so you will never get bored.
Key features: Wall rides, 10-20' jumps, rails, boxes, barrel rolls, cannons, close outs - you name it, this park has it.
Location: The entrance for the Hoot Brown Terrain Park is located to the right of Lower Misty Maiden, just underneath the Village Express Lift. Riders can also access this park by going through the Hoot Brown Advanced Park via the entrance to the right of Butterfly. Both entrances can be accessed by riding the Village Express lift and going left off the lift or via the Town Gondola and exiting at the St. Sophia Angle Station.
Hoot Brown Advanced Terrain Park
The Hoot Brown Advanced Park is a great place for the advanced and professional riders out there to continue to hone their skills. With around 25 features, including a jump line of four progressive jumps ranging from 25’ to 50’, this park is all about pushing you to take it to the next level. Start by taking a ride on the whale tail, then hit the Rainbow Rail, tap the barrel, nail the jump line, and finish it off by riding our signature feature, The Pick Ax Rail. With Mt. Wilson always in the background, this park offers some of the best photo ops and video footage you could ever imagine.
Key features: 25' to 50' jump line, Pick Ax Rail, C Box, Hitching Post, Whale Tail, Rainbow Rails, Elbow Rails, Down Flat Down, and so much more.
Location: The entrance of the Hoot Brown Advanced Park is located to the skier's right of the Butterfly ski run. Ride the Village Express Lift or Town Gondola (exiting at the St. Sophia Angle Station) to Butterfly, veering right off the first tree island. Enter underneath the banner. Don’t forget to stop and spin the Hoot Brown statue in honor of our friend and local ripper, Hoot Brown.