A team of engineers and snowmakers are hard at work in Fenway Park on a massive 140-foot-high snow-covered ramp that will soon host the world's best skiers and snowboarders. We've known since the summer that Boston's 103-year-old Fenway Park would host a big air ski and snowboard competition this winter, but now we have all the details on what to expect.
The event is slated for February 11 and 12 as part of the U.S. Grand Prix freeskiing and snowboarding tour. And while the other tour's stops include classic ski destinations like Park City, Utah and Mammoth Lakes, California, this will be Fenway Park's first time hosting a snow event.
According to Outside Magazine, Americans Sage Kotsenburg, the gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding at the Sochi Olympics, and Joss Christensen, who took gold in the same event for skiers, will compete for the prize in front of 20,000 people. The event will also be broadcasted to over a million people thank to TV coverage by the NBC Sports Network.
Staff will use cranes to move snow around on the ramp, and an elevator inside the ramp's steel structure will get athletes to the top. Skiers should hit speeds of 35 miles per hour and end up more than 40 feet in the air. You can buy tickets here.