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“I Can’t!” (But Really, “I Can!”)

September 30, 2021

Written by Ben Sattler, Assistant Director of Operations

If I had a dollar for every person that came up to the range to watch a friend and tell me ‘I can’t shoot’ I’d… well, I’d have a lot of dollars. There are a lot of unfounded beliefs about people’s ability to use firearms, and it’s very natural! Firearms are not something that many people are raised around, and they have some serious negative image problems. They can be loud and if mishandled, much like a car or snowboard, they can be dangerous. But much like cars or a snowboard they can also be really fun. The difference between ‘unsafe’ and ‘really fun’ is all in the user, and that’s where we can come in.

Learning to Shoot Safe

The staff at Liberty Mountain Gun Club are all experienced firearms instructors who are used to working with people who have never shot before.  We will offer instruction where we work with you in a safe environment until you are comfortable with the whole thing. We like working with new people and offer patience, encouragement, and gentle reminders as needed.

You Have Options!

LMGC offers a number of different options to try out. If you’re totally new to shooting, we recommend starting off on a weekend at the rifle or pistol range with a 10-22 rifle. These have so little recoil that I would put one on my nose and shoot it, and a slick red-dot sight that makes aiming really easy. I’ve been working at LMGC for three years and have yet to see someone leave without a smile on their face after using one of these. If you prefer pistols, we also have Ruger Mark 4 22-45 pistols for rent. These are a little bit trickier to shoot than the rifles, but only a little bit more. They offer a good step-up challenge once you feel you have mastered the rifles!

Lastly, the shotgun range is open 7 days a week and offers something that the other ranges don’t: moving targets! Contrary to popular belief, shotguns do not kick like a mule, and it can be very satisfying to hit a clay pigeon while a friend films it. Shotgun can be more challenging than rifle or pistol, but it’s the challenge that makes it worthwhile. No one celebrates picking up a pencil or when you throw an empty can into the trash; success is taken for granted because it’s so easy.

So, What Do You Say?

College is an opportunity to stretch your horizons, experience new things, and overcome challenges that offer self-confidence and skills to move forward in life. It’s perfectly okay to feel nervous about trying new things, but if you never try new things, you’ll be limiting your future potential. LMGC offers you the opportunity to try something new with a lot of patient and professional support. Why not give it a try? Learn more about Liberty Mountain Gun Club at liberty.edu/LMGC. See you soon!

Shotgun Games at LMGC

June 10, 2021

Written by Josh Bryant, Assistant Director of Operations

Are you a complete novice to shotgun games? Maybe even shooting in general? Don’t worry, we’ll give you a primer in the shotgun games available at the Liberty Mountain Gun Club.

LGMC currently offers American Trap, American Skeet, and 5 Stand. The targets for all three games are small clay discs—commonly referred to as clays, pigeons, or birds. Each game consists of 25 targets. Only one person shoots at a time, but up to five people can participate in a game at once. So, keep that in mind when you’re getting a group together to come to the range! When it’s a shooter’s turn and they’re in position ready to shoot, they call out ‘Pull!’ and the clay pigeon is thrown.

American Trap

American Trap is a good place to start for people unfamiliar with shooting. In American Trap, only one target is presented at a time, and the targets are always going in the same general direction—away from the shooter. The shooting positions are 16 yards behind the target launcher, or trap machine, which is inside a small building also known as the ‘trap house’. There are 5 shooting positions, evenly spaced in a line (or shallow arc), and each participant shoots at 5 targets per position.

American Skeet

American Skeet steps up the difficulty from American Trap in several ways. Firstly, there are two machines, one on the left side of the field (the high house) and one on the right side of the field (the low house). Secondly, not only do the birds come from two different directions, shooters are moving from one station to the next around a large semi-circle.  To further complicate things, at several stations participants have to shoot two birds at a time! In total, there are 8 stations along the semi-circle, each presenting a different angle to the birds. Again, don’t worry if this sounds confusing. When you’re at the range, we’ll walk along with you and explain as we go.

5 Stand

5 Stand seeks to simulate hunting scenarios and is a scaled-down version of the popular shotgun discipline called sporting clays. 5 Stand, oddly enough, has five stands! At LMGC, shooters can potentially engage 9 different targets on a variety of flight paths. Each stand has a card, or menu, that lets the shooter know which birds they will see from that stand. Each stand has a different card in order to make the game more diverse. There are five targets thrown at each stand: a single clay, two clays thrown with a bit of a delay (report pair), and two clays launched simultaneously (true pair).

Hopefully, this has given you some idea of what to expect when visiting the Shotgun Range at LMGC. If this sounds like a good time, come on up! And if it still sounds confusing, don’t worry. The LMGC staff is always available to help and will be on the range the whole duration of your game.

The Importance of Ski/Snowboard Lessons

May 27, 2021

Written by Isaac Gibson, Programs Coordinator

If you were to ask someone if they have ever skied or snowboarded there are usually two main responses: “Yes, I love skiing. I go every year!” or “I went once and it was so hard. I spent more time on the ground than I did on my skiis.” Over the years, I have learned that people either fall in love and continue riding for nearly the rest of their life, or they have a terrible experience and never do it again. In the end, it all comes down to that first experience, and I highly recommend the first experience being a lesson with a trained instructor.

It’s Like Driving

I describe skiing/snowboarding for the first time like getting in a car to drive for the first time. If you get in with no experience, no one telling you how to properly operate the vehicle, and go straight out onto a busy highway… the result will most always end in an accident. There is a reason why Driver’s Education and behind the wheel instruction is required to get your driver’s license. It’s not because the act of driving is incredible difficult to learn, but rather because of the high level of danger that comes along with it. In the same way, skiing and snowboarding is not that difficult to learn, but if you try without instruction you are probably going to fall a lot and potentially injure yourself or someone else.

Importance of Instruction

Much like driving a car, the better instruction you have and the more time you are able to dedicate to it, the more confident you will be out on the slopes. There is a reason why the average driver can jump into the car and not think twice about driving down the road. It becomes second nature because of how frequently we drive. You can expect the same for the ski slope. After getting the basics down in a lesson, continuously putting in time will increase your skills! Next thing you know, you’ll be skiing top to bottom without thinking about your every move.

In Summary…

Take a lesson, you won’t regret it. You will learn so much quicker and your experience will most likely leave you wanting to come back for more! Once you feel comfortable and confident, go out on your own. If you have something you want to learn and don’t know how, take another lesson!

Go at your own pace! Everyone learns differently and progresses at different rates. So, don’t get discouraged if you take longer to learn something than your friend.

In the end it’s all about having fun! So, make it your own and don’t feel like you have to look like everyone else on the hill.

Once you learn how to do it well, share it! There is nothing better than teaching someone how to ski or snowboard and seeing them fall in love just like you did!

What is the Equestrian Dress Code?

May 14, 2021

Written by Harriet Carter, Farm Management Coordinator

All sports require a particular type of attire, and the equestrian sport is no different. Having the right apparel for equestrian riding is key for both safety reasons and comfort. Equestrian dress observes the sport’s physical and safety demands and considers the unique history of the sport. Whether you are stepping into the barn for the first time or looking for ideas to dress appropriately for the sport, this guide covers all the tips on feeling confident and well dressed in the saddle.

Long Fitted Pants

It is logical to assume that wearing shorts is appropriate for horse riding during sunny days. Unfortunately, shorts and the equestrian sport do not mix well. Friction from bare legs and the saddle moving from the horse’s natural motion leaves the rider with uncomfortable pinches down the legs [2]. Also, wearing baggy clothing such as loose pants, sweaters, or scarves is not recommended as they can easily get caught on the saddle, risking being dragged by the horse.

Dressing in long, tight fitting pants protects you from being pinched by the saddle and can keep sharp objects that may be lurking in the barn such as hay, farrier nails, and splinters off of your legs [1].

Rubber-Soled Boots

The urge to wear open shoes to horse riding during hot days is inadvisable. A horse may accidentally step on the rider’s foot leading to serious and painful injury [2]. While this may be surprising, tennis shoes are also not acceptable. They are not nearly as protective as rubber-soled boots.

Wearing rubber-soled boots with a protected toe comes in handy as being stepped on by your mount is a common injury. Boots reduce the risk of falling over on slippery surfaces and keep your feet dry while working [1]. Make sure that the boots you are wearing can comfortably slip in and out of the stirrup. It is important that your foot not feel tight in the stirrup while riding.

The Helmet

The helmet is the most important piece of equestrian clothing, it’s importance cannot be understated. A helmet should be on at all times when you are riding no matter where you are. Riding helmets can be found at a variety of tack stores and come in many different looks. In the show ring, black is the preferred color. If you own a helmet of another color and do not want to replace it, a black helmet cover slip can be put over your helmet.

Ensuring the Right Fit

It is important to examine helmet fit when it is sitting on your head. How much does it wiggle? Is it too narrow? Does it fall down into your line of vision? A helmet that fits correctly should not wiggle around and the brim should sit about an inch above your eyes. Once you have found a helmet that works adjust the chin strap so that it is comfortable but snug. Some helmets come with an adjustment dial that can be moved to change the size of the helmet. If your helmet has a dial like this make sure that it is appropriately fitted to your head also. Remember, a helmet can save you from great injury. It is important that it fits well and that you wear it to ride every time.

Horse Showing Attire Do’s and Don’ts

In the face of ever-changing fashion and trends over the years, riders are tempted to dress in flashy and showy clothes. However, it is important to respect the equestrian show and maintain its tradition. Specifically in Hunt Seat/English competitions riders should avoid loud items that lie outside the norm as it distracts judges from the horse’s performance [3]. A good rider should want their performance to speak for itself rather than one’s loud clothing stealing the show. The horse and the rider’s performance are the judges’ key focus. The most important element of dress that riders should observe is the overall cleanliness of both the horse and rider. Well-tailored and adequately fitting clothes add a professional touch and draw the judge’s eye while horse showing [3]. Beige breeches are the most widely seen breech for horse showing though canary, tan, rust and white are also appropriate in certain horse show classes. If you are unsure, it is best to ask your trainer or coach what is best. Professional but modest attire will not limit your ability to perform and subtle touches on clothing like beautiful fabric on a show shirt can bring out the rider’s elegance. Black boots are also a key element of horse show attire. Boots should be polished and cleaned of dirt. Boots that fit appropriately will rise to just below the bent knee of the rider. If your boots are new make sure to break them in at home by riding in them at least a few times!

You may not be a professional rider or heading to an equestrian show anytime soon, but if you do come up to Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center for a trail ride or riding lesson, be sure to dress appropriately!

References

[1] https://www.braysisland.com/life-in-the-field/expert-guide-equestrian-attire

[2] https://mtcreekstable.com/2018/03/19/weve-got-you-covered-what-to-wear-horseback-riding/

[3] https://www.theplaidhorse.com/2019/09/16/be-well-turned-out-with-arista-equestrian/

Gun Club Lingo 101

April 29, 2021

Written by Bill Crawford, General Manager of Liberty Mountain Gun Club

Every industry/sport/hobby has its own lingo to one extent or another, and shooting is no different! In this brief introduction to gun lingo, we’ll look at some words and phrases you may hear at LMGC. After reading this, you’ll have a better understanding on the most common phrases spoken on our ranges. Our goal is to explore more obscure phrases in another blog to come!

“The Range is Hot”

We may declare this on a 25-degree day in February…when it’s snowing…and windy…and everyone is bundled in five layers of clothing. It’s not a weather observation, but rather a command that means the range is now ready for individuals to handle firearms and begin shooting. Prior to this command, however, we must say something else that sometimes seems an equally odd statement (see next).

“Eyes and Ears Everyone!”

We are aware that the vast majority of our range users do, in fact, have eyes and ears. We’re not suggesting that folks check for the physical presence of their eyes and ears, but rather it is telling everyone that the range is about to “go hot” and that everyone must put on their eye and ear protection. We’ve just shortened it to the friendly reminder/command “eyes and ears.”

“The Range is Cold!”

Yes, it’s the opposite of a “hot” range. It’s what we call out when we want to allow folks to do things like hang new targets, paint steel targets, or otherwise just make the range fully safe. Before we can call the range “cold,” we must assure that everyone’s firearms are unloaded, locked open, with all sources of ammunition out of (and preferably away from) the firearm. Best of all scenarios, the firearm is put in its case.  NO firearms may be touched once the “cold” command is given. And, once “cold,” you may remove your eye and ear…protection (please leave all body parts firmly attached).

“Birds”

Birds is a term we use to describe our clay pigeons. Some people get rather queasy if they are asked if they want to “go shoot some birds.” No wildlife of any kind can be shot at our range, so rest easy knowing “birds” in our case means little round clay targets that are launched from a machine.

“Spalling”

Spalling is one of the reasons we require “eyes.” Some people call it shrapnel, but more commonly gun ranges will use the word spalling to describe the little pieces of bullet fragments that are created when a bullet hits a steel target (or other hard surface). There are always some small amounts of spalling flying around, and that is why we do require eye protection, as well as have restrictions on how far away steel targets must be. If it was any closer you run the risk of being hit by spalling.

Thanks for reading and as mentioned before…stay tuned for more! Visit Liberty.edu/LMGC to learn more about the Gun Club.

Gun Storage Options

April 2, 2021

Written by John Nelson, LMGC Range Safety Officer

With the record setting number of first-time gun owners in America today, many individuals are finding themselves the proud owner of a new handgun, rifle, or shotgun and are now wondering how to safely store this new firearm. Whether it is to safeguard it from children or other occupants in the home, potential thieves, or for any other reason, firearms should absolutely always be safely locked up whenever they are not in your possession! Common options for securing your firearm include gun safes, gun cabinets, and single-gun lockboxes.

Gun Safes

Gun safes are very commonplace in homes across the country and are an excellent option from a security standpoint. Typically the costliest and heaviest of the options, weighing in at several hundred pounds, these containers are ideal when you do not intend to move the container frequently, would like to store multiple firearms, or desire a container rated for protection against fire and flooding in addition to theft. That last feature also makes them great for other valuables and important documents.

A few options I recommend are Cannon Safe and Stack-On’s Sentinel line.

Gun Cabinets

Gun cabinets come in a myriad of sizes and shapes, many similar to gun safes on the market today. They tend to trade off the top-notch security and the fire/flood protection offered by safes for a lower price point and weight. They are another excellent option for storing multiple firearms and are markedly easier to move without strong helpers or specialized equipment than a similarly sized gun safe. Many models offer the option to bolt the unit to wall studs from the inside to prevent a would-be thief from carrying off a still-secured cabinet with its contents.

I recommend looking into Hornady RAPID products.

Single-Gun Lockboxes

Single-gun lockboxes are another popular option on the market today, and many can be readily mounted in drawers, vehicles, or under furniture for a compromise between keeping a firearm securely locked up, but still quickly accessible in emergency situations. Access options include keys, combination dials, fingerprint scanners, and even RFID keychains to suit individual preferences and needs. Models exist which are even designed to conceal themselves around the home and not broadcast valuable contents to would be thieves in the first place.

A few options I recommend are Hornady RAPID products and GunVault’s NanoVault product line.

To reiterate, any firearm not in your immediate possession should absolutely always be safely locked up, and any quality-made variant of the options presented above will serve you well in keeping your firearms secured against accident and theft. Factors to consider in determining which option is best for you include your budget, how often you plan to move the container, how much space you have for firearm storage, how many guns you intend to store, and if fire/flood protection is worth the cost and weight premium. Happy shopping!

Find Your Passion at LMGC

September 25, 2020

Written by Bill Crawford, General Manager of Liberty Mountain Gun Club

The morning started off with a quiet calm and just a bit of low-lying fog. Rumors of “record-breaking weather” were murmured until the lead edge of the cold front started to blow in. Now everyone is conceding defeat, but not you. You suspected the front would bring crazy winds, and you were right.

You’re at the 1000-yard Benchrest Shooting National Championship and surprisingly find yourself as one of the favorites. Who would have thought just few years earlier you had wandered up to Liberty Mountain Gun Club with no experience and no expectations whatsoever? The Range Safety Officers and staff there immediately made you feel comfortable and encouraged you to learn.

Undiscovered Talent

You quickly found your passion in precision rifle shooting. When you found out there was an academic rifle shooting class, you were pleasantly surprised. Who would ever have thought you could get two credits learning to shoot? So you became a regular at the range and your skills grew rapidly.

While LMGC offers 100, 200, and 300-yard shooting ranges (which are good distances to learn precision and some wind reading), your tastes grew to longer ranges—600 yards, then 1000. From contacts you made while studying at Liberty, you even got an opportunity to engage steel targets at over a mile away!

Friendly Competition

Back at the national championship, as you stare downrange, you notice the 200-yard wind flag blowing slightly to the left, the 400-yard flag blowing strongly to the right, and the 800-yard flag blowing up. UP?! You make note of this anomaly and wonder how on earth a flag can be blown straight up. This is going to be a fun and challenging day.

About then, one of the world’s greatest shooters and defending national champion walks up next to you. He looks to the flags and casually observes, “Our kind of weather huh?” You nod and say you sure hope so.

You find a sense of pride and are humbled at the same time that someone like him would make such a comment to you, like you were long-time pals—even equals! He knows you went to school at Liberty and learned how to shoot there, and he finds it intriguing that a university has such a rare facility within their campus recreation department.

After a friendly exchange, you wish him luck, shake his hand, and say you hope to meet him in the finals. Then, with one last look downrange, you head back to your car to prepare for the day of shooting, in the sport you grew to love those few short years ago.

To view hours and find more information, visit Liberty.edu/LMGC

Horse Talk 101

August 19, 2020

Written by Kimberly Counts, Barn Staff

Have you ever looked at a horse and wondered what they might be thinking? Horses communicate in mysterious ways, but if you look closely, you can figure out what they are trying to tell you.

Sounds

Horses are generally very expressive creatures who have an interesting way of telling you what they’re thinking! They have a unique system to communicate amongst themselves and people. I’m sure you’ve heard a horse whinny, but do you know what it means? Whinnying and neighing are a horse’s way of letting you know what they are feeling or telling you they want something. These sounds can mean a variety of things like: “I’m hungry,” “Take me outside,” or “Pay attention to me!” If you walk through the Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center around 4:30 P.M., you will hear a chorus of whinnies from hungry horses demanding their food. If we happen to be even a few minutes late, we have about 50 hungry horses telling us it’s time to eat! Horses thrive on a schedule and are quick to learn what time things get done.

Another way they can “talk” to us is through snorting. A snort generally means they’re alarmed by something, and it can be their way of assessing the situation. For the most part, the snorts are loud when a horse is scared. Some of our horses here at Liberty snort when they get excited or are feeling particularly wild (especially in the cold weather!).

Lastly, horses often squeal when they get excited or are trying to play. Squealing is their way of saying “Yippee” and letting loose. Sometimes we’ll have to keep our horses in their stalls for a few days because of weather, and it’s not unusual for us to hear lots of squealing when we turn them out again. Squeals can also be used to figure out the dynamics of a group of horses. When horses meet each other for the first time, they often squeal as a greeting and figuring out who’s in charge.

Expressions

The head of a horse can also tell you a lot about what they might be feeling or how they are going to act towards you. Looking at a horse’s ears is an easy way to figure out what mood they’re in. Ears up means they’re happy, interested, and overall in a good mood. If you see their ears go straight back and are pinned flat against their head — walk away! This means they’re angry, unhappy, and most likely want you to leave them alone. Most of the time, you’ll see horses with their ears somewhat relaxed and drooping to the sides. This type of expression is showing you that the horse is stress-free, content, and feels comfortable.

You’ll also sometimes see a horse “smile” by lifting their top lip and showing you their teeth. Funny enough, this is their way of saying they smell or taste something weird. Don’t be offended if a horse does it after sniffing you — I’m sure they’re just trying to tell you they like your perfume.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways a horse can “talk” to you. It’s important to know what you’re looking for in order to get a better understanding of what they’re trying to tell you. Remember to look at their faces for an indication of their mood and pay attention to their ears!

At the Liberty Mountain Equestrian Center, we love having visitor’s stop by and see the horses. View our website for visiting hours, and we can’t wait to introduce you to some of our sweetest horses!

      First Time Visit at LMGC

      July 31, 2020

      Written by Hope Thompson, Range Supervisor

      There are moments when we wish we could decide on something to do as fast as Phineas with a, “Ferb, I know what we’re going to do today!”. Well good news, there are plenty of options for you to spend your day up at Liberty Mountain Gun Club! Located directly across from Hydaway, LMGC is a recreational shooting venue available to current students, staff, and faculty and caters to both new and experienced shooters alike.

      So, What Does a First Visit Look Like?

      For new shooters or first-time visitors to the Liberty Mountain Gun Club, there are always friendly faces ready to help you learn about the ranges or any other questions you may have. The staff at LMGC strive to make sure every customer is comfortable and following the four main safety rules. When you first enter the facility to check-in, you watch a four-minute safety video and sign an Assumption of Risk form. After that, you will be all set to check out and start your range time or game! Liberty Mountain Gun Club typically offers a variety of different rental options if you don’t have your own firearms, which include Ruger Mark IV pistols (.22 caliber), Ruger 10/22’s, and Beretta over-under shotguns (12 & 20 gauge).  In addition to the various rental options, LMGC also has made a big effort to keep prices very affordable for users!

      What Are the Four Main Safety Rules?

      We’re so glad you asked! Here are the four main firearm safety rules:

      • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded at all times.
      • Muzzle Awareness: Always keep the muzzle of your firearm pointed in the safest direction possible.
      • Trigger Finger Discipline: Keep your trigger finger straight, out of the trigger guard, and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
      • Know Your Backstop. Always be sure of your target, what is in front of it, and what is behind it.

      If you aren’t quite sure what some of these mean, the LMGC staff will be happy to help further explain and demonstrate these rules to ensure your visit is as safe as possible!

      Educational Classes

      Insert advertiser voice, “But wait, there’s more!”. There are several residential classes that students can take for credit. These electives take place at the facility with our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic full-time staff. These classes are geared toward those who want to learn more about firearms, ammo, and how to handle firearms in general.

      LMGC also offers a free General Firearms Safety class which is available to current students, staff, and faculty and immediate family members thereof. The class is an introduction to firearms safety—a perfect opportunity for new users to learn how to safely operate their firearms! It will also allow a Virginia resident over the age of 21 to apply for their concealed-carry permit once it is completed.  It can be useful for getting your Liberty University concealed carry permit, but is not required.  We will provide a firearm, eye-and-ear protection, and everything else needed to complete this course.

      What are you waiting for?

      Overall, it is definitely worth the drive up the mountain to the Liberty Mountain Gun Club. Whether it’s your first time up or your 100th, there is always something to do. But don’t just take our word for it, come up and see for yourself!

          What Even is Snowflex?

          July 10, 2020

          Written by Victoria Dissmore, Marketing Employee

          Snowflex… The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. You may have gone up for a fun event, or to go tubing, or to jump on the trampoline. But if you’ve ever skied or snowboarded or even sledded on the eponymous white carpet-y material, you may have wondered, what even is Snowflex?

          Snowflex is…

          According to the official website of the company that invented the artificial snow surface, Snowflex is made up of six layers from top to bottom:

          • Snowflex composite, sliding component—slick, springy, hard wearing monofilament
          • 2 in.–5 cm. shock absorbing layer
          • Impervious membrane
          • Geotextile separating layer
          • Carefully selected gravel layer
          • Sculpted sub-soil layer

          Let’s Break That Down

          If you’re like me, you have no idea what a lot of these mean. Thankfully, the Internet is a helpful and easily accessible resource for deciphering some of the more technical terms.

          Polymer Composite
          The Snowflex composite is made of a material called a polymer composite, which is “a multi-phase material in which reinforcing fillers are integrated with a polymer matrix, resulting in synergistic mechanical properties that cannot be achieved from either component alone.”[1]

          Basically, this material is a large number of similar units bonded together at the molecular level (that’s a polymer) that are then mixed with another material (making the composite). All this is made into a monofilament, which is simply a single strand of the man-made fiber, comprised of that polymer composite.

          Shock Absorbing Layer
          It is unclear what exactly this shock absorbing layer is made of, as there are many materials available for shock absorption, but I would imagine it is some kind of foam material, to cushion the slope.

          Impervious Membrane
          The impervious membrane is a thin material that water cannot get through, so the water from the BritonMist lubrication system stays on the top layers and keeps the ground below from becoming too water-saturated.
          This membrane is also used for recycling water that keeps the slope slick. When the water from the BritonMist system is sprayed onto the slope, it runs down onto the membrane and back to the piping mechanism to be reused on the slope.

          Geotextile
          A geotextile is a type of permeable fabric that helps separate, filter, reinforce, protect, and drain the soil beneath it. The geotextiles used for Snowflex make up a woven layer that helps prevent earth movement as people ski and snowboard on it. This is better for the environment because it creates limited disturbance, so the soil stays healthy.

          Gravel Layer
          The carefully selected gravel layer works with the geotextile layer to provide texture to the soil which prevents sliding and erosion.

          Sculpted Subsoil Layer
          The sculpted subsoil layer determines the lay of the land for the slope, including hills, bumps, and curves.

          In Simpler Terms

          If that explanation was still so much more than you ever wanted to know about your favorite artificial snow surface, here are the (very basic) basics. From top to bottom, Snowflex is made of:

          • White carpet
          • Foam
          • Stuff that keeps water in upper layers
          • Woven fabric
          • Gravel
          • Soil

          Benefits of Snowflex

          There have been many ski surface inventions over the last fifty years, but Snowflex is recognized as the artificial snow surface that is the closest replication of snow. Previous synthetic materials came out of the brush, plastic, or carpet industry, but Snowflex was designed specifically for skiers and snowboarders.

          Besides the obvious benefits of year-round usability and the ability to be built anywhere, Snowflex has many other perks:

          • Low carbon footprint compared to a refrigerated building
          • Softer to fall on than hard packed snow
          • Slopes can be built on land that might otherwise be unusable for building
          • Maximum forward speed and extra edge control for turning
          • Ability to create adventurous and interesting terrain and stunt formations

              Fun Facts

              In case you’re still curious about this mystery material on the mountain, here are three more fun facts about Snowflex:

              • Must be installed by the company that designed and manufactured it (Briton Engineering Developments Ltd—they’re British!)
              • Suggested replacement time about every ten years
              • BritonMist water spraying system mists water at a particular droplet size, giving maximum effect with minimum water usage

              Now you can impress all your friends with your hi-tech knowledge of Snowflex! And of course you have to come visit to check it out yourself!