Last weekend I made a little trip down south to a little town called Lynchburg, Virginia for a little event on the brand new SnowFlex mountain built on the Liberty University campus. Little would not be the right word to use for the school and its facilities. Everything was huge. The school had like 10 basketball courts, 6 swimming pools, 2 football fields, 2 indoor soccer fields, rock climbing walls, massive cafeterias, and a lounge bigger than I have ever seen with pool tables, couches, video games, and ping pong.
And now the addition of the SnowFlex mountain to the campus to really make it an all inclusive place. Now if you are not familiar with SnowFlex it is a artificial alternative to snow. No its not the same or better than snow but its definitely worth a try and I guarantee you will have fun. The SnowFlex hill has a sprinkler system set up throughout the mountain to lubricate the turf so you can slide down. You cannot edge very hard like in snow so you have to get the feel for it. And you are definitely going to get wet either from face plants, the sprinklers, or sweat. One of those is guaranteed to happen.
The hill had two run options depicted below: On the left a cruiser rail run with a flat box and a mellow down-flat-down box below that leading into the quaterpipe. Then on the right a mini cliff like drop to the jump line where you have three jump options: Off the knuckle, a small jump option on the left, and the big jump right down the middle which all would lead you to the quaterpipe at the bottom and then to the rope tow for another lap.
I was there to join the crew of Tommy Czeschin, Floyd (from Me.Glad if you have not heard of it you will soon. Check it Me.Glad), JJ Johnson, Matt Lindenmuth, Trenton Pasic, and many more for a grand opening exhibition. Here is most of the crew partying with the school mascot.
At the bottom of the hill was your stereotypical mountain lodge. The strange part was that it was in Virginia and it was hot and humid and not in the mountains. There were wild animals all over the walls to really add to the stereotypes.
Here is a deer stoked to be on the wall. You can tell he is pumped because he is raising the roof!
And here we have the ever so common Wolverine. I totally run into those all the time at home.
And then there was the exhibition. There was a bunch of UK riders there as well. And to say the least they were destroying it. SnowFlex was invented in UK so these guys have been riding it for years and it showed for sure. Here you can see me throwing a BAM (Big Ass Method) overlooking some of the crowd.
I was there just doing a bit of squeekin' and tweekin' while Josh Stock was working on his full extention on the one footer.
All in all, I would never have expected to travel Virginy way to slip and slide down a hill on my snowboard. And it was totally worth it. If your ever in the area its worth checking out.