Surf park opens in Silver Mountain

June 3, 2008 | Surfing
Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark: a new water sports facility opened in Silver Mountain

This weekend marks the grand opening of Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark at Silver Mountain. The new park adds the thrills of surfing, sliding, tubing, and other wet and wild fun to the high country.

With plenty of snow still on the mountain, resort-goers will be able to ski on the mountain during the day Saturday and come down to surf the waterpark by night.

“It began with the construction of the ski hill, then condominium lodging in the Gondola Village in 2004 and is coming to fruition and is being completed with the opening of Silver Rapids Waterpark,” said Neal Scholey, Silver Mountain Resort Real Estate Sales Manager.

The new waterpark is nearly the size of a football field. It includes body and tube slides, skylight, a lazy river, family raft slide, kid’s activity lagoon, and the ultimate in aquatic attractions – a FlowRider Surf Wave.

In just 10 seconds, 10,000 gallons of surging water is released into the FlowRider’s wave box, combining the thrills of surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding all in a wet, wild, and – best of all – safe environment. The FlowRider is covered in foam padding so that when a surfer loses the wave, the wipe-out is cushioned.

Open year-round, Silver Rapids will provide endless aquatic fun, along with Silver Mountain’s other multi-season activities. Silver Rapids is the first of its kind at a ski resort in the Western United States, Scholey said.

“The evolution continued last year with the beginning of construction of the Galena Ridge Phase I,” Scholey said, “Planned to be an 18-hole championship golf community, this year rounds out the destination resort atmosphere with the waterpark and planned golf amenities for our guests.”

The FlowRider is the perfect wave, a continuous wave that can be body boarded or surfed. Over 60,000 gallons per minute moving at 35 miles per hour.  You are actually standing still but the moving water, under you, gives the illusion that you are moving along at a 35 mile per hour clip.  It looks easy but will take some practice to master. 

Height Requirements: FlowRider Boogie Boarding 42" and taller / FlowRider Surfing 52" and taller

Source: Shoshone NP