On Saturday Leo & I made the trek out to Fenton, Michigan, to check on the progress at Misfit Lab Skate & Snowboard Park. We spent about an hour or so touring the place and chatting it up with Shaun, the owner, getting the inside scoop on what’s in store for the snowboard park and taking a few pictures to show off what they’ve already accomplished.
The biggest news is that: Misfit Lab’s snowboard park will open to the public on Saturday, December 17, 2011.
The jib side of the Lab consists of two different slopes to drop in from. Right now, they are just roughed in but you can get a feel for it. The PowderPak carpet should arrive today, Shaun and his crew will be working long hours to get it laid and put the finishing touches on the jib park in time to test it out for a few days before the official opening.
On these slopes, they’ll be rotating a variety of boxes, cannons and rail features. Shaun is going to fill in the transition between the two slopes to simulate a natural transfer hit, and he has also built a small roller (where we are standing in the picture) to mimic real terrain.
Behind the jib section, there will be a trampoline, as well as a 20′ x 20′ foam pit for practicing aerials. The foam pit will have a 12′ wide PowderPak drop-in, as well as a 3′ wide masonite drop-in for skateboarders. Here’s a look at the drop-in under construction.
As soon as the doors open on the snowboard park they will finish building the features for the skate park (he and the workers have already been sessioning a handful of rails and ramps) so for the time being the skate park is still a work in progress. There is also a large lounge area with video games and table games like foosball and pool.
The pro shop will have snow & skate equipment, from wax to ball bearings, protective gear, boots, bindings, snowboards and outerwear from brands like Marhar, Salomon, Candygrind, and Airblaster.