In the winter of 2009, the Snowpark Alta Badia first moved to its recent location. The first creative lines were established right next to the Ciampai slope and they marked the base for one of the best and one of the biggest snow parks in the Dolomites. The area was characterized by creative lines, lots of medium kickers and a colorful jib-mix. Time after time, the area was expanded, the lines were defined according to different skill levels and thus, not an inch of the new freestyle paradise at the heart of the Dolomites was left unused.
Already in its first season, the park attracted attention with a very special highlight: the first special obstacle, a 20m gap kicker, was built from scratch – and the one and only Marc-André Tarte, Canadian snowboard legend, came all the way from North America to master this beast in the untamed scenery of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. In the following years, the tradition of the special obstacles was maintained and the construction of the Moby Dick kicker definitely marked the peak. It took the shapers two weeks to create this extraordinary feature and Daniel Hruby, long-lasting shape crew member and now Technical Director of the park, still has quite a vivid memory of the idea's origins: "We started out with the idea of building a kicker with a hole, so you could simply look through it. But after the first attempt, we weren't really satisfied with it. It had more the shape of an eye – at the same moment a white bird flew over our heads and the association of the white whale popped up in our heads. Instantly, the decision was final – we added a huge jaw and Moby Dick was born. The white whale stranded at the Snowpark Alta Badia."