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Snowmaking is Under Way for the Return of Ruby Hill Rail Yard

Back for its eighth consecutive season, the Ruby Hill Rail Yard is one of the few places in Denver taking advantage of the recent cold weather snap.  Volunteers from Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort have begun making snow in anticipation of opening the rail yard for the 2014 season, bringing the excitement of skiing and snowboarding to Denver with a free urban rail yard. 

“This is a one-of-a-kind program for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  “For many of our younger residents, this gives them their first exposure to mountain sports in a more familiar setting, encouraging them to have fun, learn new skills and stay active.” 

As long as forecasts call for snow-making conditions, Denver will be able to celebrate the opening of the 2014 Ruby Hill season and a Broncos playoff game all in the same weekend.

Volunteer crews have begun making snow and will continue the operation nonstop until enough snow has been made to cover the slope.  Once it opens, the Ruby Hill Rail Yard will feature six to eight rails of varying configurations and skill level.  If the weather cooperates, the rail yard will be open for approximately six to eight weeks.

Christy Sports has again signed on to be an equipment sponsor, providing free ski and snowboard equipment for use while at Ruby Hill.  Volunteers will staff the equipment area to ensure proper fitting and adjustments. Youth, ages 8-17, will need to have a parent present to sign a release form before snowboards and/or skis will be loaned out.

“The rail yard at Ruby Hill would not be possible without all of the support we get from our partners at Winter Park Resort and Christy Sports,” said Lauri Dannemiller, Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation.  “This is a very creative way to bring a piece of the mountain ski resorts into Denver and activate this wonderful park during the frigid winter months.”

The Christy Sports on-site facility will be open on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Information and details about Opening Day, tentatively planned for the weekend of January 10, 2014, will be shared once there is enough snow and rails are in place.

Ruby Hill Park is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue. The park is open every day from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and lights will be on at the rail yard until 9:00 p.m.