Come check out Pumpkin Park at Timber Ridge in Gobles, MI! Specially-designed for the beginner rider/skier to develop their skills, whether they are just starting out or working on their first jump. Features include numerous beginner rails and boxes and a small table-top jump. Pumpkin Park is served by a rope tow for less waiting in line and more park time!
FACT: It’s called Pumpkin Park because before we started building beginner jumps and rails here, this was a beginner ski run called “Pumpkin Patch”.
Take your skills to the next level in Timber Park a.k.a. “the big park”! With numerous intermediate-to-advanced rails and as always, a big jump table, this terrain park will allow you to work on tricks of all levels. Features a high-speed rope tow that allows for up to 60 terrain park runs per hour!
FACT: In the “old days” the high-speed rope tow was actually a “Poma Platter” lift. The Poma Platter broke down so often that Gordy converted it into a reliable, fast uphill ropetow.
Park Safety & Etiquette
Warm up in the Pumpkin Park.
The Pumpkin Park was specially-designed to keep riders low to the snow and on their feet. Whether you are taking your first run in a terrain park or just warming up for the day, this is the place for you. You owe it to yourself to warm up your body, mind, and heart before pushing your limits.
Know your line.
Always plan the direction and path you intend to ride. More advanced riders may be better at adjusting their line while they are riding, but this only happens after years of experience. Planning before executing takes one more strain off your mind to free it up for concentration on the trick you plan on executing. Your path should be clear of other riders’ lines and riders who are chillin’ waiting for their turn. Also, be certain that landing zones are free of people and obstacles before approaching the hit!
Listen to yourself.
After taking it easy for a while, you will know if today is the day that you stick a brand-new trick or just lay low and strengthen your foundation. The critical warm-up time is a way to let other tensions and thoughts melt away so that only park riding is on your mind. There will be days when the weather, your hit, your body, your mind, and your attitude will all line up to allow you to push your limits. Wait for these days and you will avoid pain both physically and mentally in your personal quest.
Mind your surroundings.
Be fully aware of what is happening around you. If you wish to hang out in the middle of the park to session one feature, be certain that you are not hindering an uphill rider’s line especially take-offs and landings.
Drop with confidence.
Dropping etiquette is likely the most important part of keeping a busy park safe and fun for everyone. Before deciding to drop on busy days, you must communicate with others that you intend to drop into the park. If it is really busy, don’t be afraid to call out “dropping” before you go. Also, you must respect the riders that are uphill from you before dropping, make sure that you are not dropping into an uphill riders’ line!