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CBS4's Justin McHeffey skis at Ruby Hill Rail Yard. (credit: CBS)

CBS4′s Justin McHeffey skis at Ruby Hill Rail Yard. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4)- After a winter of too-warm weather, Ruby Hill Rail Yard is back.

Last year it was too warm to proceed with the setup for the free urban terrain park for skiers and snowboarders, but this year it’s been colder and the park is a go. It opened a little over a week ago, and so far riders are loving the rails and its 10 features.

The Rail Yard is located in Ruby Hill Park at the intersection of Platte River Drive and Jewell Avenue in Denver, and it provides Denverites with a unique opportunity.

“What we’ve tried to do is literally bring the mountain to the city and maybe allow people who might not have an opportunity to get up to the mountains on a regular basis a chance to experience winter snow sports here in town,” said Skyler Ruggles, Ruby Hill Rail Yard spokesman.

Several rail riders joined CBS4′s Justin McHeffey at the Rail Yard on Thursday morning and showed off their tricks on the CBS4 Morning News. They all said they have taken advantage of the riding at night, under the lights. The lights stay on until 9 p.m.

Christy Sports provides complimentary ski and snowboard rentals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their on-site facility will be open on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. for as long as the Rail Yard is in operation. Typically that’s about six weeks, depending on how long the colder temps last.

The Ruby Hill Rail Yard was created in 2007 with a partnership between Denver Parks and Recreation, Christy Sports and Winter Park Resort. This year Jack In The Box is sponsoring the Rail Yard.

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