While most people choose their ski resort for the size of the ski area, the accommodations, the apres ski or even for the number of chairlifts; boarders & freestyle skiers are most likely to make their mind up whether the resort has a terrain park or not.
Throwing yourself off jumps or double back flipping over & over became casual ski holidays for many of you. So we thought you might need a top 10 of the best terrain parks around the world to pick your resort for next winter! This list is no particular order from top to bottom!
While the biggest resorts in the world are mostly in Europe, North America wins hands down for the best terrain parks!
5. Blackcomb, CanadaTyler Nicholson by Scott Serfas
No doubt this is Canada’s best park. And ski resort. The combo Whistler/Blackcomb will respond to all your expectations: 5 parks, 1 halfpipe, 99 acres, more than 150 features (including 90 rails) & 40 jumps. And the extra information that will give you a faint smile: each park is groomed twice every 24 hours. Nothing more to ask for.
In addition to these awesome features, the laid back vibe & the epic snowfall perfect the chill atmosphere of this resort.
4. Keystone, USADave Schoepfie by Chip Proulx
If you’re a newbie in freestyle, Keystone is the perfect place for you. For many years, Keystone stands up for being one of the best snowpark for every ability and we can’t take that from it! With its many extra-small, small, and medium features in the A51 park, it well-deserves to keep its 1st place in the beginners heart. But don’t let that fool you! The Main Street Park has pretty big stuff & it’s for them that Torsetin Horgmo and the Shred Bots are showing up every season…
3. Bear Moutain, USAScott Vine by Lee Stockwell
For many years, Bear Moutain has been in the Top 3 Snowparks in the world. No resort can match the size of the park area and the number of features the resort offers. Bear Mountain has four half pipes: 8 foot, 13 foot, 18 foot and a jib pipe. It is also home to the Red Bull Plaza, an urban inspired rail section to give you that street feel on hill so you can ride everything from pipe to park to street.
2. Breckenridge, USABreckenridge Wallride by Aaron Doods
Breckenridge is well known for its four-award winning terrain parks and its 22 foot Olympic-size Superpipe. In addition to the Freeway Terrain Park (advanced), the resort has 4 other terrain parks to suit beginners through pros: mid-sized jumps, a huge selection of trails & a 14 foot half pipe.
1. Mammoth, USA
Jaeger Bailey by Peter Morning
Mammoth takes this year’s big win. The resort offers 3 parks with XL features, from intermediate to pro level. A nice forest trail playground for beginners, with its well-proportioned jumps and jibs with small gaps allow a fun and natural way to progress your skills. With its lower elevation compared to the rest, the jib park, makes it a perfect place to spend the day when the weather isn’t cooperating. And, of course, the 4 half pipes, voted as the #1 pipe in the US by Transworld Snowboarding for several years, and being Shaun White’s go-to pipe for dialing in new tricks are just a few feathers in its cap.