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shaun_white_northstarFor any aspiring Shaun Whites Northstar at Tahoe in California is the resort to head to. As part of a deal with the flame-haired wünder-snowboarder, the resort has opened its 22-ft Shaun White signature superpipe to the public for the first time today.

With 22-ft walls and at over 500ft long, the superpipe is the same size as used in Olympic and 6-star TTR competitions, and is a fantastic facility to test your nerve in.

The superpipe will be part of White’s regular training ground this season after he formed a partnership with Vail Resorts earlier this year. Vail Resorts own Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar, and as part of the deal White will call Northstar his home resort.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder worked closely with Northstar to develop the superpipe, and it was designed in conjunction with Snow Park Technologies, the course builders for the Winter Dew Tour and Winter X Games.

Every aspect from where the pipe should be located to its pitch, the consistency of the snow made specifically for the pipe, and the precision of the pipe cut has been carefully considered.

“Our 22-ft superpipe was built to provide resort guests with a high quality, world-class halfpipe, as well as to provide Shaun White with what he needs to train for the upcoming events he will compete in this season,” said Mike Schipani, Northstar’s terrain park manager. “It’s not often that the public gets to ride the same competition quality pipe that an athlete of Shaun’s calibre trains in. We’re excited not only to offer one of the few 22-ft superpipes in the country, but also to get it open this early in the season for our guests to experience.”
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