Mountainwatch | Video
World-renowned terrain park designer and builder Charles Beckinsale grew up snowboarding in Thredbo, where his career as a park builder also started. He was also one of Australia’s leading snowboarders and had an athlete’s understanding what was required and a desire to build jumps and parks that enhanced progressive riding.
Over the years he has worked in resorts like Thredbo, Perisher and Whistler Blackcomb, establishing a reputation as one of the world’s best park builders. This led to freelance jobs building parks in Europe and North America for national teams and one-off projects for the likes of Red Bull and Monster.
In 2016 Charles launched the Stomping Grounds Project, building a slopestyle park, big air jumps and a superpipe on the glacier in Saas Fee Switzerland, running two two-week sessions and has attracted the world best park and pipe snowboarders and skiers for pre-season training for the past eight years.
This year Charles brought his Stomping Grounds Project to Thredbo with the US and Canadian snowboard teams training on a 65-foot jump as well as a number of leading European riders. It was something of who’s who including Red Gerard, Brock Crouch, Mark McMorris, Anna Gasser and Clemens Millauer and, of course, Thredbo ambassador Tess Coady.
As this excellent video produced by Thredbo’ media team shows, It was a full circle moment for Charles, some of the world’s best riders making their way to ride the jump in Thredbo, where it all started for Charles doing work experience with the park crew when he was 15 years old.