Returning for its seventh season, and just in time for the Broncos big game, volunteers for Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort have begun snow making in anticipation of the January 2013 opening. Ruby Hill Rail Yard brings the excitement and energy of skiing and snowboarding to Denver with a free, ski and rider urban rail yard.
Snowmaking begins tonight, January 11 and will continue as a 24 hour operation until snow making is complete. When complete, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will begin grooming more than an acre of snow. When opened, Ruby Hill Rail Yard will feature six to eight rails of varying configurations and levels of advancement. Weather permitting, the rail yard will be open approximately six to eight weeks.
Jack in the Box is the new sponsor this year. Christy Sports has again signed on to be equipment sponsors, providing free equipment for use while at Ruby Hill and even staffing the equipment area to ensure proper fitting and adjustments. Youth, ages 8-17, will need to have a parent present to sign a release form before snowboards and/or skis will be given out. The Christy Sports on-site facility will be open on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Information and details about Opening Day, tentatively planned for the weekend of January 18, 2013, will be released once there is enough snow and rails are in place. Ruby Hill Park is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue. The park is open every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and lights will be on at the rail yard until 9 p.m.