Cannonsburg Terrain Park

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You likely have heard about Cannonsburg’s infamous parks. They’ve been listed in Transworld Snowboard magazine’s top 3 parks in the Midwest 2 years in a row. Cannonsburg has done a tremendous job earning a name for themselves in the high regards of the terrain park world not only in the state, but in the Midwest. Some would say their quality can be compared to resorts in the West even.  They also play a very large role in Michigan’s snowboard scene in general; hosting numerous super fun events with industry sponsorship each year.  We’d also like to mention, as a side note, that the Burg produces top shelf riders as if it were a freestyle shred academy.

 

 The Burg has seven parks. We claim six, but their jump line which is very close to the “Projects Park” has its own name. We consider them the same run though. The jump line is called Cannon Park.   We rode each of the seven parks extensively (EXCEPT FOR THE RIGLET) which is not covered here. This is their absolute beginner area.  Starting with this review, we are implementing a new rating system. This system focuses on five different aspects we feel contribute to great terrain parks. These aspects are rated on a 1-5 star rating 5 being the highest.

FUN:  How fun is it?
FEATURE QUALITY:  How well are they built? How nice do they look?
MAINTENANCE QUALITY: Does the resort keep up on the lips and landings?
FLOW:  Does the park support multiple feature hits in a single run?
PROGRESSION: Does the park facilitate an opportunity for a rider to progress constantly.

 

JIBLET PARK

First up is the Jiblet Park. This park is the second level of freestyle accommodations Cburg makes available for its young riders.  Heck man, I had a good time in here.  The one thing a lot of resorts lack in their beginner parks is the ability for kids to hit multiple easy features in a row and with room to do so. I hate beginner parks where kids are cornered into a tight little area.  Entry level parks are often over looked by resorts and basically consist of junky features the big kids don’t want. That is def not the case for Cburg. This is also one of the only times a tow rope is the best suited mode of transportation. Kids can hit one or all features and buzz back up to do it again.

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FUN ★★★★★
FEATURE QUALITY ★★★★★
MAINTENANCE QUALITY ★★★
FLOW ★★★★★
PROGRESSION ★★★★★

*Note… On this particular day there were decent size ruts after all of the features. In the past they were not like this.

 

PLAYGROUND PARK

Located right next to the Jiblet Park resides the Playground Park.  Cburg did an amazing job creating an accurate progression step from the Jiblet. This park is a ton of fun even for advanced riders. Some days you may not feel like hitting anything super difficult, but still want to have a ton of fun. This area kills it in that aspect.  Ideally it is intended for lower intermediate skill sets. Again, a great place to have a tow rope.

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FUN ★★★★★
FEATURE QUALITY ★★★★★
MAINTENANCE QUALITY ★★★
FLOW ★★★★★
PROGRESSION ★★★★★       

*Note … On this particular day there were decent size ruts after all of the features. In the past they were not like this.

 

SHOWTIME PARK

Showtime Park is located pretty much right in front of the lodge. This area is where Cannonsburg has most of its events. Although a fun setup, there is nothing extravagant about this area. I believe there is an intentional minimalistic approach taken to this area as they often do special setups for events here. Still this area is probably better than your resort’s entire park, but for the Burg it is not their shining star. It does however it is a perfectly calculated step up point from the Playground Park and in that aim it is a success. Medium to high intermediate features can be found here. This area hosts a tow rope which provides for constant lapping.

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FUN ★★★
FEATURE QUALITY ★★★★★
MAINTENANCE QUALITY ★★★★★
FLOW ★★★★★
PROGRESSION ★★★★★

 

PROJECTS PARK/ CANON PARK.

Now this is the park that makes me hate my home resort. Even though the Monster City Park is located to the immediate left; this area in my opinion is the most difficult.  The Monster Park area may be a little more high consequence, but the features are easier to settle. This is the park that is going to make you a better snowboarder. The rails are longer. The ollies are higher and the setup is tighter. This area also features a perfectly sculpted jump line called Cannon Park.  I would say that they fall into the medium sized jump category. They are small enough to hit at a comfortable speed, but are still large enough to do big tricks which we like. Jumps do not have to be massive…fact! Ok, so even though I love this area I  would like to see the kicks to the rails wider.  Also, this is where I dislike the tow rope. The features are up too high in comparison to the tow rope, so when you get off the rope you kinda have to hop around toward the top to hit either of the two lines. It’s minimal work, but its kinda meh. Also the speed is not what I am used to; I have heard this from other riders, but again this is a minimal issue. It’s not like it’s a slow crawl or anything. In this area you do have an option to take a chair lift, so maybe I should stop complaining. If you take the lift you would def have enough speed, but you will sacrifice the constant lapping which is pretty damn time efficient.

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FUN ★★★★★
FEATURE QUALITY ★★★★★
MAINTENANCE QUALITY ★★★★★
FLOW ★★★★★
PROGRESSION ★★★★★

 

MONSTER CITY PARK

The Monster City Park is one of the biggest steps forward taken in Michigan Snowboarding in a long time.  The options are endless.  I had mentioned before in my coverage of the Monster Park opening day event that although visually burly it is mostly safe. I had the opportunity recently to have my run of the place and I had an insane amount of fun. I honestly had never experienced hitting some of these types of features, so I was overwhelmed at first.  Basically it’s the kicker to the wall that I’m super unfamiliar with.  Some people are really good at it. I have trouble visualizing what I am doing, so I am def not good at it, but I am really glad knowing I will be eventually because it exists!  Cannonsburg has opened up a whole new world of opportunity for progression to shreds all over the state and I am grateful. Seriously, this area of Cannonsburg is wonderful and I feel lucky to have the chance to ride some of this stuff. Kudos to everyone involved.

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FUN ★★★★★
FEATURE QUALITY ★★★★★★
MAINTANENCE QUALITY ★★★★★
FLOW ★★★★★
PROGRESSION ★★★★★

So in closing, Cannonsburg is amazing with its only real weakness being the tow ropes. It actually serves them well in some aspects, but in the big parks it’s kinda a bummer and on busy days they have been known to shut down. That is the only thing we could even really find to beat ‘em up on. Cannonsburg not only has amazing parks, but is involved directly with Michigan’s snowboarding scene, which in itself is such a big deal. Canonsburg has earned and deserves the title of being one of the best parks in the Midwest.  Their staff is also very cool which a bonus is as well. Do yourself a favor and go this season.

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