Monday, August 11, 2014

Top Snowboarding Destinations in North America

Not all resorts cater well to snowboarders, many of whom emphasize freestyle and seek resorts with a variety of terrain parks and massive pipes for catching big air. We put together this list of the best snowboarding resorts in North America, featuring snowboarding destinations all around both the U.S. and Canada. Snowboarders of all skill levels will find plenty of options to make their preferences and style at each of these resorts. They feature snowboarding terrain parks, half pipes, snow cross, and trails geared toward riders.

Whistler/Blackcomb, BC, Canada 

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Trails: 200+ 
Terrain Parks: 6
Features: Super pipe, snowcross
Skiable Acres: 8,171 total; 99 acres of park terrain

The largest ski resort in North America takes the top spot with sheer size, offering an insane amount of terrain and features for riders of all skills and types. The resort offers one of the most technical big-air terrain park sections, along with a simple starter section featuring small rails, boxes, rollers, and jumps, plus everything in between.

Mammoth Mountain, CA, USA

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Trails: 150
Terrain parks: 8
Features: Super-duper pipe, super pipe, mini pipe
Skiable acres: 3,500

Mammoth Mountain is California’s highest ski resort with a top elevation of 11,053 feet.  Though it is the southernmost resort on this list, it amazingly has the longest ski season of the bunch, averaging from November to early June. Mammoth caters to the extreme snowboarding crowd with Unbound, their massive, feature-rich set of terrain parks. The long season, three pipes, and cutting-edge features draw riders from across the world, including Olympic gold medalist and X-Games champion Shaun White.

Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado, USA 

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Trails: 94
Terrain parks: 3
Features: Superpipe, beginner halfpipe
Skiable Acres: 3,332

Comprising four peaks surrounding the towns of Aspen and Snowmass Village in Colorado, this resort complex is one of the most famous destinations for riders in the world. Buttermilk, one of the four resorts, won Best Terrain Park by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine in 2013. This terrain park boasts a world-class, 2-mile Super Pipe featured multiple times in the X-Games. Along with dozens of jumps, logs, and rails featured along the pipe and numerous other parks and features, Buttermilk and the rest of Aspen/Snowmass have more than enough to keep any rider busy for a season.

Mount Snow, Vermont, USA

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Trails: 135 trails
Terrain Parks: 8 terrain parks
Features: Super pipe, mini pipe
Skiable Acres: 633

Mount Snow in Vermont is one of the only East Coast destinations that can compete with the top spots in the Rockies. Carinthia, the terrain area, is the only all-park mountain face in the Northeast. It has more high output snow fans than any other resort in North America, giving it some of the best snow coverage around.

As the closest ski resort to major metros in the Northeast and recipient of awards including Best Terrain Park in the Northeast by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, Mount Snow is the number one destination for riders in New England.

Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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Trails:  95
Terrain Parks: 3
Features: Half pipe, snowcross
Skiable Acres: 654

Mont Tremblant is the oldest ski resort in Canada, and sits just a few miles from scenic Mont-Tremblant Village, a quaint town melding traditional Quebecois and European alpine architecture. It features three terrain parks from beginner to expert, offering eastern Canadians a steady progression through all levels of freestyle skill.

Whether you’re looking for big air in pipes or off jumps, or terrain parks with a variety of jibs and features, these snowboarding resorts offer the variety to hone your skills and develop some new ones. Several listed parks have full-time, year-round staffs of park terrain designers, so you’re not riding the same lines and features year after year. If you’re looking for a destination that caters to snowboarders anywhere in North America, you can find the ride you’re looking for with any of these. Do you have a different park you love to visit? Sound off in the comments below and let us know about it!

1 comment:

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