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Work begins on terrain park rehab

Nash Garceau surveys the terrain park

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Nash Garceau surveys the terrain park

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The college advertises the heck out of it to entering freshmen but for the last few years, I don’t think there has been much to brag about.”

The snowboard park is undergoing significant renovations in preparation for winter with the Ski and Ride Club using money raised from the October Fest RailJam to help fund excavations in the park.

Preliminary ground work will be followed by installation of the new features that were donated by Smugglers Notch Resort earlier this fall.

The plans for the excavation were discussed and decided upon Ski and Snowboard club meetings.

For club member Brennan Blair, the new renovations are definitely needed. “It’s about time we put some thought and work into the park,” he said, “The college advertises the heck out of it to entering freshmen but for the last few years, I don’t think there has been much to brag about.”

The college does in fact advertise the park to possible freshman, whether the advertisement is through guided college tours or through word of mouth.

Nevertheless, the park has noticeably deteriorated over the past few years, something club members seem determined to reverse.

“For the last few weeks, the Ski and Ride club has been preparing some renovations for the park,” Nash Garceau, Ski and Ride club president said. “We talked about what worked in previous years and what needed some work. Eventually we came up with a solid plan and Luke Peduzzi started putting it into action. This new park, along with the new features we got from Smuggs Resort, will be a huge step for the club. The school has always advertised our terrain park but never took the time to let it reach its full potential. Although this year, the administrators of the club have been passionate about turning our park into the best campus terrain park on the East Coast.”

Luke Peduzzi, club treasurer, is delighted to see the current improvements.“It’s good to see something finally happening here,” he said. “I hope that in the next couple of years the school will get behind funding some more work on the hill to bring it up to its full potential. It could be a huge draw for prospective students looking to ski or snowboard up here. It just needs some love.”

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