25/02/2013 | by Uli Köhler
The STANTON PARK impresses with altogether 28 obstacles this year, and these fellas will put a smile to the faces of even the most demanding shredheadz among you. Park designer Rene Friedl and his shape crew have once again dug out quite some surprises from their obstacle box and taken with them to the Arlberg. For all rookies and future pros, the Kids Park and Beginner Area have pretty much to offer – training possibilities en masse! The Medium Area consists mostly of rails and tubes and becomes thus a real paradise for all jibbers. But also the airtime nerds will get their money’s worth since four kickers with tables between 5 and 8 meters spoil you with more than enough jump material. In the Pro Area, you can put the final touch to your skills: a straight tube, two kickers with 12 and 15 meters and a massive wallride at the end of the park will provide for finest shred action.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, good thing that Rene and his team are not that easily satisfied and invited a bunch of snowboard and freeski nuts to a little “park finished” session at the STANTON PARK to put the final setup to the shredability test. The snowboarders David Loibl, Daniel Erhart and Markus Wilhelmi followed the invitation to take a closer look at the STANTON PARK. After extensive sessions on kickers, boxes and rails, the riders unanimously came to the same satisfying conclusion: the park rocks! Naturally, such a resume was music to the ears of park designer Rene Friedl. After the session, we grabbed our chief in charge for a little interview and asked him about “his” STANTON PARK.Hi Rene! How was the Park Finished Shooting? Did everything go according to plan? Yes, everything was perfect, we we’re really lucky with the weather. The weather forecast predicted bad conditions but we had a fine three hours of bluebird and the riders had their fun. Are you happy with your work? It is pretty good, my park, indeed. What has changed with regard to last year? Do you like to stay with the tried and trusted or do you try to create the park anew every season? The tried and trusted is of course always a way to go but we’ve got a few new obstacles this year and changed quite a bit actually. The up rail, that is the canon rail, is one of these new obstacles and the riders really like it and shred it all day long. Where do you get your ideas for a new setup? From everywhere, from other parks, my guys, my shapers, literally everywhere. You’ve been at the Arlberg quite a while now. What makes the STANTON PARK so special? Certainly the park lift that is just as long as the park itself. Thus you can do a lot of runs in short period of time. For example, if it’s not too busy in the park, and you get to do your runs, then you’re done after two hours since one run takes you just as long as the lift ride. Do you have the freedom as park designer to give free rein to your creativity or do you have to follow certain guidelines? There are certain guidelines of course, like making certain jumps not higher than they’re supposed to. You’re also a little restricted when it comes to earth movements, which has a positive side though since you don’t need as much snow. What is your personal highlight at the STANTON PARK? My personal highlight is definitely the pro line. If I had to decide for a single obstacle, it would probably be the big kicker – but I really like everything in the park. How has the scene developed over the years? Have the rider’s demands on the setup grown over the years? Yes, definitely, I would say so. Especially with regard to the local scene and the guys that were still too young four years ago and are now in the park on a regular basis. They often approach me with new ideas and recommendations, and I always appreciate new input. What does your ideal park look like? My ideal snowpark offers something for everyone, especially with regard to kickers, rails and boxes. It should also have something in stock for kids and riders of all levels.
As you can see, the STANTON PARK is in capable hands that make sure that the park is always in neat condition. Best to assure yourself in person and put the new setup to your own quality inspection. To get you in the right mood and set you straight on what to look for exactly, we’ve compiled a sweet video edit, in which the boss introduces his park and the setup for all snowboard nerds out there. Of course we also don’t want you to miss out on the best shots of the day so we’ve put together a neat gallery for you.For more information and the latest updated on the STANTON PARK, visit our park website or follow us on our STANTON PARK Facebook Fanpage. Stay tuned!