Jan 12, 2017
Marking the start of its eleventh year, the Ruby Hill Rail Yard is now officially open for the 2017 Season. The rail yard is available to both snowboarders and skiers and is absolutely free. The Ruby Hill Rail Yard features eight to ten rails and boxes of varying configurations and skill level. Weather permitting, the rail yard will be open until the end of February.
The recent cold weather delivered the perfect mix of conditions to start preparing the Ruby Hill Rail Yard for the 2017 season. Volunteers from Denver Parks and Winter Park Resort began making snow on December 28, bringing the excitement and energy of skiing and snowboarding to Denver with a free urban terrain park.
“The Ruby Hill Rail Yard would not be possible without the support we receive from our partners at Winter Park Resort,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “This is a very unique and creative program that gives our residents and visitors, especially kids, an opportunity to enjoy skiing and snowboarding at an urban terrain park in their back yard.”
The Ruby Hill Rail Yard was created in 2007 in a joint effort between Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort to offer a winter sport experience in an urban setting. Winter Park provides the rails, terrain park design and staff; and Denver Parks and Recreation provides the location and related youth programs. More than 30 volunteers work tirelessly each season to help make the rail yard possible.
Ruby Hill Park is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue. The park is open every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Ruby Hill Rail Yard is lighted every day from dusk until 9 p.m.
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