Snow Park NZ has secured a deal with Development Snowparks to purchase their New Zealand designed and built 22ft Global Cutter halfpipe shaper. The Global Cutter is aground breaking innovation in halfpipe preparation, utilising a laser guidance system that ensures efficient and accurate shaping and achieves perfect vert and straight line cutting.

With the preparation for the New Zealand 2010 winter season in full swing, the GlobalCutter is a key element in a new look Snow Park NZ for 2010. The halfpipe will be maintained to competition standards, ensuring everyone who travels to Snow Park this season will have the pipe available to ride.

“It has always been a part of our long term plan to move to 22ft for our halfpipe,” said Sam Lee, Snow Park NZ General Manager. “It’s the new world standard, offers increased capacity for performance and makes riding halfpipe easier for any level of snowboarder or skier.”

Another benefit of the new shaper is the ability to raise the size of the Snow Park quarterpipe to 22ft. Snow Park features the only quarterpipe maintained through the season of any New Zealand resort.

The GlobalCutter uses less snow than current methods of pipe cutting at Snow Park, and with our extensive snowmaking we will be opening the halfpipe on June 26th,30 days earlier than usual. For New Zealand’s snowboarders and skiers this will enable them to train earlier and produce better results in the 2010 competition season.

Lee is pleased to be working with John Melville of Development Snowparks and the new design.

“John’s knowledge and experience in the industry is extremely admirable and we are really looking forward to putting his cutter into action for the 2010 season.”said Lee.

Development Snowparks will be teaming up again with Arena Snowparks, who were both contractors to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, to provide the halfpipe commissioning for Snow Park upon delivery of the Global Cutter.

Snow Park opens on June 26th and early bird seasons pass sale finishes on March 31st.