Bobby Brown's MegaSlope
After three years in the making, in April freeskier Bobby Brown got a chance to ride a custom-built, oversized slopestyle course at Kirkwood, Calif., a project produced by his sponsor, Red Bull, called the MegaSlope.
"It was cool how they used the entire mountain to shape the slopestyle course," said Bobby Brown. "It's in the gullies and around the turns. It's with the way of the land."
Why Kirkwood? Red Bull, Snow Park Technologies and Bobby Brown picked Kirkwood for its subalpine terrain and because the back bowl held enough snow to build the park even in a low winter.
The MegaSlope course descended 2,750 vertical feet, roughly four times longer than a traditional slopestyle course. It took a whopping 20 days to build, whereas a normal slope course takes from three to five days to construct.
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"We were like, 'What would be really cool is having every single superpark feature in one line,'" says Brown. "Being able to flow and do a line like that would be unreal."
"I think this project has potential to push the sport to a new level," says Bobby Brown. "Having the opportunity to session these kinds of features will allow us to try things we never thought were possible."
When asked if the MegaSlope project was good training for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Brown said, "The Olympics are always in the back of your mind, but for this, it's just about having a good time."
A helicopter hovered overhead, with filmers from Matchstick Productions shooting with a Cineflex camera for their 2014 film, "Days of My Youth."
Brown invited his young brother, Peter, 19, and fellow pro skiers and X Games stars Gus Kenworthy, Russ Henshaw and PK Hunder to join him for the park session and film shoot.
Brown picked Henshaw and Kenworthy to join him at MegaSlope because the two of them were with Brown on a film shoot in Alaska with MSP a few years ago. "We had one of the most insane sessions. To this day, that was one of the best days of my life," Brown said. "We wanted to bring back the crew that made that happen."
"PK is just a super good guy," Brown says about PK Hunder. "He lightens up the mood and absolutely kills it. He's one of the best slopestyle skiers in the world."
The course was made up of six mega-size features, including two rails, a wallride and three massive kickers.
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The fifth feature in the course was a 100-foot, step-over jump across the natural fall line of a gully.