Currently the only East coast stop, U.S. Airbag will have its newest giant airbag set up inBartlett,New Hampshireat Attitash Mountain Resort on Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 22 allowing skiers and snowboarders to utilize this newer freestyle trick training and development product. The airbag is used as a safety cushion to softly catch riders after a jump, whether it is a beginner level skier or a professional rider. Manufactured by U.S. Airbag in theUSA, their new airbag is a 50 foot by 50 foot inflatable with adjustable vents to allow for varying softness. The participants ski or snowboard off a regular jump and land on top of the airbag, allowing their impact force to be absorbed by the inflatable, greatly reducing risk of injury.
“Airbags allow skiers and snowboarders to try tricks that they might otherwise be doing for the first time on snow where there may be a greater risk of injury,” said Frank Hennigan, an Attitash seasonal freestyle coach. “They are becoming a popular and low cost training option at resorts and it should be a great weekend for Attitash to get a sense of what it’s like to operate and facilitate one.”
Skiers and riders 12 years and older are invited to come and try tricks and softly land on this giant stunt airbag. A regular lift ticket or Attitash/Wildcat season pass is required in addition to the cost of purchasing jump tickets. Jump tickets will be $5 for 2 jumps; $10 for 5 jumps; or $25 for 15 jumps. U.S. Airbag staff will be selling tickets directly at the jump site and it will be required that persons show their valid lift ticket or season pass and will be required to sign additional liability forms (or have parent/guardian signature required for skiers and riders between age 12 – 18) when purchasing the jump tickets. For more information, visit attitash.com.