“After 11 years I still get excited when Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails comes along because it means that winter is almost here”, said Clayton Shoemaker (Director of Park Development & Youth Marketing) with a paint roller in his hand while standing at the base of a gargantuan new feature for the HDHR set up. In fact Clayton and the rest of the Park Crew have been working overtime to get this year’s course set up in shape, even working Saturday’s leading up to the event!
Over the past few weeks, Tales From the Dawg has focused on the history of HDHR. We’ve made readers look up at the sky, and put on their thinking face while we started the chime music and rippled their screens… But now the flashback is over! With the 11th Annual HDHR only 11 Days away it’s time to focus on what will be going down this year at the biggest winter kickoff party of the year!
“What started with 40 tons of ice chipped into snow the first year has more than tripled this year and it’ll take 5 semi-trucks just to supply us with the ice we need,” said Chris Riddle (Vice President of Marketing for BBMR). It fact this year not only will there be more snow, but there will also be more course! “Our Park Crew has designed a split course, offering two sections that riders can hit. The crowd will be placed in the center of the action between these two courses and also between two dualing DJ’s atop towering scaffolding.”
Once HDHR hits we notice one thing… people really start to think about winter, and we’re noticing that already! While most park crews are still in the process of building their features for the upcoming winter, we at Bear Mountain are already showing our new features to the general public by letting pro riders be the first to hit them! HDHR allows all who attend the chance to see pro riders hit these new features before they are put into the Red Bull Plaza this coming winter where the general public can enjoy them.
“As a resort and as a park we are always trying to be progressive even when it’s not winter,” said Clayton Shoemaker as he and his crew were fixing a garage door to the side of some scaffolding. “And that really is a testament to the commitment we have to our guests and riders. This year we’re trying to make the features more dynamic. We’re keeping it urban, but also trying to add a little industrial flair. At HDHR we’ll be seeing features that I’ve never seen anyone hit before including a few roof rides and it’ll be exciting to see how the best handle it.”
Here’s how the competition will go down. We’ll have two separate course set ups with the crowd in the middle of the action. Half of our riders will start on the right course while the other half of the riders will start on the left. Then when it’s time for the Second Heat the riders will switch courses, having them show their range of skill when they can’t keep hitting the same set up over and over again.
When asked what the best part about HDHR was Shoemaker jokingly replied, “Once our work is done and we’re watching the riders from the sun deck while having a drink with the rest of the park crew!” After seeing the incredible work the Park Crew has done on this course we think that they deserve two…
Join us Saturday, September 27th for this year’s 11th Annual Hot Dawgz & Hand Rails.Tune in Saturday for another edition of Tales From the Dawg where we’ll be interviewing Team Rider Scotty Vine to his perspective on HDHR!
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