DENVER, Colo. – Many Denver residents will forget paying for a pricey lift ticket at ski resorts to learn to ski/board or simply practice new tricks. The free Ruby Hill Rail Yard opened Monday in Denver with more than an acre of man-made snow and ten different rails built in for the public enjoyment.
The park, located at the intersection of Platte River Drive and Jewell Avenue in Denver, is a yearly collaboration between Winter Park Resorts who provides the snow making equipment and rails, Christy Sports who provides free rental equipment, and Denver Parks and Recreation who provides the location.
The urban terrain park has been an annual winter go-to spot for all ages since 2007, but couldn’t open last year because of the warm weather.
“After losing the 2012 season to Mother Nature, it was nice to see the snow machines in action this past week,” said Lauri Dannemiller, Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation. “The Ruby Hill Rail Yard is an amazing opportunity for Denver residents to experience winter sports activities close to home. We have wonderful partners that are helping to make this happen again this year and we are hopeful that the weather will cooperate long enough to give us a nice full season.”
More than 30 volunteers and Denver Parks and Recreation staff will be maintaining the rail yard in hopes it will stay open to the public for the next 6 weeks. With a forecast reaching into the 60’s this week, many are keeping their fingers crossed for that possibility.
“I hope the snow holds up… I come here a lot just to practice new tricks when I don’t have time or money to drive to the resorts” said Carl Scholz, a snowboarder who’s been taking advantage of Ruby Hill Rail Park since it first opened.
The park also has a separate sledding hill for those not keen to throw on the sticks or board.
Parking is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week with lighted night riding from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Christy Sports offers free rental gear every Friday through Sunday while supplies last. For children and young adults under the age of 17, a release waiver will need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
For more information on the Ruby Hill Rail Yard, click here.