With a freeriding revolution sweeping the industry, Steamboat put the super in superpipe this past winter with the debut of the Mavericks Superpipe. We’ve created a monster of a superpipe: 15-foot walls, 50 feet wide, and 650 feet long with a quarterpipe kicker at the end!
"From its inception, Mavericks – The Superpipe, has been designed to have the same impact in the freeriding world that its namesake in California has had on the surf world. With the addition of Mavericks, Steamboat takes a giant leap forward in providing some of the most exciting snowboarding and freeskiing terrain in the United States," said Andy Wirth, vice president of marketing for the Steamboat Ski Resort Corporation.
Mavericks is located in Bashor Terrain Park, which is serviced exclusively by its own chairlift. Steamboat's terrain park features hips, tables, rails, mailboxes and Mini-Mav, a miniature version of the superpipe with five-foot walls, perfect for novice riders.
Mavericks is long enough to enable riders nearly twice as many hits per run than a conventional superpipe. The exit to the pipe is not built in the traditional flat way either. A quarterpipe kicker wall gives riders one last chance to air it out. That's if their legs still have anything left in them! The park is set up with terrain suitable for all freeriding ability levels.
So, why the name Mavericks? In California, near Half Moon Bay, there is a legendary big-wave break by the same name where swells reach the height of three story buildings. Only the best surfers dare to ride the Mavericks, the liquid version. A maverick, by definition, is an independent individual. What better way to describe freeriders? Steamboat’s Western Heritage, the culture of freeriding, and the fact that we’ve gone beyond the regulation size superpipe all indicate we found the perfect name. Steamboat’s Mavericks was born from a wave of freeriding zeal swelling from the spirit of pioneering innovators.
Mavericks - Superpipe
• Opened December 22, 2001
• The longest superpipe in North America
• 650 feet long, 50-feet wide, 15-foot walls, and a 17-foot radius
• The pipe finishes with a quarterpipe
• Groomed by Bombardier HPG-17 pipe grinder.
• Location for NIKE's Olympic Ad featuring Barrett Christy
Bashor Terrain Park
• Eleven jumps with different landings
• Nine Rails and Two Mailboxes
• Other hits: hips & tables
• Features expert, intermediate, and beginner terrain
• Mini-Mav -- a 200 foot long mini-pipe version of Mavericks with 5-foot walls perfect for beginner riders
• Open to skiers and snowboarders
Park & Pipe
• Designed by John Asta, Mavericks & Bashor Terrain Park Operations Manager
• Serviced by staff of 14 volunteers
• Accessed exclusively by Bashor Lift (3:00 minute ride)
• Training ground for the Winter Sports Club’s snowboarding and freeriding teams as well as numerous freeriding special events.