You know what’s really cool about terrain parks? Not the rails, nor the jumps. Not the skills, not the stoke.
What’s really cool about terrain parks is that you can build a terrain park anywhere with snow. You don’t have to have a ragged peak or endless vert to have a park with a massive jump line.
And you don’t need a massive jump line to have fun.
Whether you’ve playing in the Riglet Park with a tiny snowboarder, successfully riding your first box or building your skills progressively, terrain parks are fun and they are everywhere.
And the Favorite Parks Are…
We’ve been doing informal, totally unscientific social media polls for a couple seasons now. We’ve asked you about your favorite powder runs, glade skiing, groomed terrain and bowls.
Still, this poll was something different. The nominations from the East and Midwest outnumbered those from the West and three parks in particular received numerous nods.
Mount Snow’s Carinthia Parks
Imagine 100 acres, an entire mountainside, dedicated to terrain parks. That’s what you’ll find at Mount Snow. Originally a separate ski area, Carinthia is freestyle heaven with eight parks, more than 150 features and a superpipe.
Inferno is the largest and most aggressive of the parks, and is the only park, anywhere, to have hosted both the Winter X Games and the Winter Dew Tour.
The Farm is unique unto itself, with a rideable barn, horse trailer, sap bucket and a sugar shack.
According to Mount Snow’s Freestyle Terrain Manager, Benny Mcginnis, Prospector is perhaps the most popular park on the mountain. Crafted from wood cut down during brushback projects, the park contains no metal or steel and all features are made on-site.
In fact, all of the features in the Carinthia parks are made at Mount Snow and the creative team also produces features for Mount Snow’s sister resorts, Hunter Mountain, NY, Attitash, NH and Big Boulder, PA.
On March 4, Mount Snow hosts the Red Bull All-Snow, an amateur competition on features made solely from snow and ice. No metal. No wood.
Mount Snow and the Mount Snow Academy are known for producing world-class competitors including Olympic and X Games medalist Devin Logan.
“Mount Snow is an awesome mountain,” shares Logan. “I grew up there and learned to ski there. I still represent Mount Snow in my ski career. And I still like to come back there and feel at home.”
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K2: Keystone and Killington
Keystone, Colorado. One liftopia.com follower called Keystone’s A51 park “amazing,” and many others agree.
Another large park, A51 serves up 60-acres of features in six areas —Easy Street, Park Lane, The Alley, I 70 and Upper and Lower Main Street.
With a dedicated chairlift, it’s easy to lap A51 and make the most of more than 100 boxes, rails and jumps in a variety of sizes.
Beginners will find mellow ride-on features and small jumps in Easy Street, before progressing to I70 and The Alley.
Main Street is the ultimate destination with the largest jump line on the mountain.
Kevin Laverty, Terrain Park Manager at Keystone Resort, shares why he thinks A51 rides so well.
“The A51 Park Crew focuses on creativity and progression for our skiers and riders. Each feature naturally progresses to the next one, and as skiers and riders progress through the different size parks they’ll find that each one picks up where the smaller one left off.
“We also change up the parks often, switching out or re-setting features on a daily basis to keep the park fresh and fun for our guests.”
Killington, Vermont. “Killington’s Stash park is on point!” exclaimed reader Darrell U.
An all-natural terrain parks created by Jake Burton and the Burton Team, the park has more than 65 features interspersed between glades and open terrain. Inspired by Jake Burton’s experience shredding the Vermont backcountry, the park is an homage to riding the snowy woods.
Killington is a big resort and The Stash is found in the Skye Peak/Bear Mountain area. Here you’ll also find the Dream Maker park and the 18’ Superpipe.
Four other parks are found on Ramshead, including the new Lil’ Stash park, inspired by The Stash, but right-sized for younger riders. Neffland, a collaboration with Neff Headwear, is an outer space themed park with rocket jibs, planets and lunar vehicles, while Timberline and Easy Street Progression park are more traditional.
With the longest season in the East, Killington has three early and late season parks, open only in October, November and April.
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Brimacombe, ON. Home of the Piggy Bank and the Vault parks. Deposits made practicing on the smaller features of the Piggy Bank park payoff big time when you move up to the Vault.
Georgina Recreation Outdoor Campus, ON. A municipal facility with a tubing hill and terrain park. Served by a magic carpet, you can score four hours of riding for just $22.00 CDN.
Silver Star Mountain Resort, BC. One of only two western parks nominated, Silver Star Mountain Resort has a 16-acre park with four progressive lanes (S, M, L, XL).
Cranmore, NH. Progression parks for all levels and a skier/boarder cross course make this resort near North Conway, NH popular.
Gunstock, NH. The 12-acre Blundersmoke Park is the largest night park in New Hampshire. Show off under the lift or take your skills (during the day) into the Parallax gladed park.
Okemo, VT. Eight terrain parks and a halfpipe to rival Sunday River’s, (both claim honors for the longest in the East), Okemo is known for its meticulous grooming and family-friendly vibe. If you’re skiing with young kids, head directly to Robbins’ Nest.
Ski Sundown, CT. Features linked with jibs and jumps define the two parks at Ski Sundown. New to riding? Check out their five-week Intro to Terrain Park program.
Sunday River, ME. Maureen M. had this to say about Sunday River: “I love Sunday River! They are the best.” One of the “Top 5 Parks in the East” according to Transworld Snowboarding, Sunday River claims the longest pipe in the East, along with Okemo.
West Mountain, NY. Home of the Sawmill terrain park, West Mountain is a local mountain with a lot of energy. It’s especially popular at night.
Mont Ripley, MI. Located near ultra-snowy Hancock, Michigan, Mont Ripley is owned by Michigan Technological University and has four terrain parks with 33 features.
Spirit Mountain, MN. Newschoolers named The Parks at Spirit the #3 park in the Midwest for 2017. New this season, a high-speed rope tow serving the all-levels Tow Park.
Welch Village, MN. According to Liftopia Facebook follower Brad B. the Welch Village terrain park stands out because “the crew is always changing it up to keep it fresh and interesting.”
Copper Mountain, CO. Home of Woodward Copper, with it’s year-round freestyle training facility, the Copper Mountain pipes and parks are home to beginners and pros alike.
Park City, UT. Park City’s main park is at the Park City base, in the historic mining town. It’s a photogenic spot where you can watch Olympians hone their skills alongside local park rats.
Northstar California, CA. With 8 parks and an 18’ halfpipe, Northstar is best known for it’s marquee park Pinball and the Stash, one of six au natural parks designed by Jake Burton.
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