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HALFPIPE

The first halfpipe in Grindelwald was built in the winter of 1989 at Männlichen. This was initiated by the Snowboard Club and took several weeks of shovelling two snow hills. The walls were up to 150 cm high, and the transition had quite nasty edges and steps. No wonder we were happy when the Grindelwald First mountain railway in 1993 created a Pipe Dragon and built a permanent half-pipe above the Schreckfeld station. Increasing snowboarder skills, however, increased the demands on a half-pipe, so in 1998 the half-pipe was converted into a superpipe. This has a larger radius and allows smoother pipe riding and higher airs.

Due to the large masses of snow that the construction of a half-pipe requires, an existing terrain recess was sculpted on Bärgelegg in summer 2015 Through the preformed earth displacement, the pipe can be built with less snow. This saves resources such as water and electricity for artificial snow as well as machine hours, and it allows for an earlier start to the season. The snowboard and freeski community can therefore look forward to sessions at the new location.

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HALFPIPE RULES

1. INDICATE RUN

Before you drop in the pipe, check at the opposite coping, in order to see whether other drivers want to drop in front of you. Lift your arm briefly to signal to the other riders that you are ready to go.

2. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

In order to avoid a collision, make sure you keep enough distance from the rider in front. Beginners ride more slowly in the pipe than advanced riders.

3. AFTER A FALL

If you should fall during your run, leave the flat of the half-pipe as quickly as possible. If you have injured yourself, get attention.

4. RUN UPS

If you want to run up along the half-pipe, only do it on the coping. You cannot run up on the flat of the halfpipe.

4. RESPECT EARNS RESPECT

Users should respect the other halfpipe users and nature. This means they should not jeopardise other halfpipe users and adhere to the halfpipe rules.

6. DON’T LEAVE RUBBISH BEHIND

All users of the facilities are asked to dispose of their own rubbish. This also applies to cigarette butts and snus sachets!

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