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Ruby Hill Urban Rail Yard Returns For Third Year Of Snow Fun On Jan. 24 | Print |  E-mail

by Caroll Spelke

SNOWBOARDERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS  at the Ruby Hill Rail Yard, a free urban ski and snowboard terrain park at Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver. The park was slated to open to the public for the third consecutive year on Sat., Jan. 24, but unseasonably warm weather has caused a delay.

SNOWBOARDERS OF ALL SNOWBOARDERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS  at the Ruby Hill Rail Yard, a free urban ski and snowboard terrain park at Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver. The park was slated to open to the public for the third consecutive year on Sat., Jan. 24, but unseasonably warm weather has caused a delay. Parks Department employees will monitor temperatures until snow-making becomes feasable. New this year will be free snowboard rentals provided by Christy Sports for youth and teens (sizes limited to older youth and teens). Opening day festivities will feature demonstrations, instruction, giveaways and drawings. For more information, see the article below.

Ruby Hill Rail Yard is located between W. Florida Ave. and W. Jewell Ave., between S. Platte River Dr. and S. Quivas St. Weather permitting, the Rail Yard will remain open through the end of February.

Artificial snowmaking equipment will be used to create enough snow for the temporary facility. Over an acre of snow, 2-3 feet deep, will be made during the middle of January to ensure satisfactory base, regardless of Mother Nature’s contribution. 

Snow fiends can enjoy the Rail Yard daily from sunrise to 9p.m. Once again, riders can challenge six rails of varying configurations and skill levels. New this year is a bunny slope for beginners needing to ramp up their confidence before trying more difficult maneuvers.

Opening day festivities will include demonstrations by the Burton and Winter Park snowboard teams, as well as a variety of manufacturers’ equipment demos. To keep energy levels high, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos will hand out free burritos (supplies limited). There will be drawings for free outdoor wear, and Winter Park Ski & Ride school will give free lessons, as time and instructor availability allows.

New for 2009, Christy Sports will operate a ski and snowboard rental shop out of Ruby Hill’s pool house on Tues., Wed. and Fri., 3:30-8p.m., and from noon-8p.m. on Sat. Equipment will be available for children’s foot size 7-12 (approximately). Kids need to bring a parent or guardian to sign the required liability waiver, which is good for four weeks. Equipment is provided at no charge as supplies last.

Established in 2007, Ruby Hill Rail Yard was the country’s first free urban terrain park. The experimental program attracted approximately 3,000 youth and adults and instantly became a nationwide model for numerous collaborations between cities and ski resorts.

Denver Parks & Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation division will partner with SOS (Snowsports Outreach Society) and Christy Sports to offer “Jibbing for the Kids” snowboard lessons every Tuesday and Thursday evening to local teens. Space in that program is limited and pre-reserved – walkups cannot be accommodated. For details, call Timothy Hutchins, supervisor of Outdoor Recreation, at 303-514-3672.

Parks & Rec. Dept. spokeswoman Jill McGranahan said that the 2009 Ruby Hill Rail Yard “is the kickoff to a slew of new improvements planned in the recently approved Ruby Hill Master Plan that will make this our new regional destination park.” A new playground structure, improved irrigation, new flower gardens and, down the road, a performance pergola for concerts and such. There will be quite a change at Ruby Hill over the next three to five years.

For more information about the Ruby Hill Rail Yard, visit www.denvergov.org/rubyhillrailyard.

To learn more about the Ruby Hill Park Master Plan, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation.

 
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