Lesser-known Resorts with Awesome Terrain Parks
The rails and pipes of Park City, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain get all the prestige – and rightfully so, as these terrain parks are ranked among the best in the world. But thanks to the ever-growing popularity of snowboarding, terrain parks have been installed at ski resorts nationwide – including a few spots that have managed to remain relatively under the radar.
Alyeska Resort, Alaska
The Goods: Alyeska boasts two terrain parks. Pump Station 3, designated as a beginner park, offers entry-level jumps and jibs, as well as a short progressive rail. The resort’s advanced park, The Refinery, boasts a wider array of features, including a 20-foot rainbow box and 1000-gallon fuel tank jib. But Alyeska’s biggest draw for trick riders is the 400-foot-long, 55-foot-wide Super Pipe.
Adult Ticket Price: $40-45
Cranmore Mountain Resort, N.H.
The Goods: Cranmore is a popular spot among New Englanders – and this is largely due to the Matinee Terrain Park that was installed last year. Cranmore plunked down $6 million on the area, which was designed and constructed by Snow Park Technologies (the building team behind courses for the X-Games and Vans Cup, among other events). The offerings include a 20-foot flat box, 20-foot flat down rail, and other goodies that are on par with the features of the country’s most prominent terrain parks.
Adult Ticket Price: $59
Granite Peak Ski Area, Wis.
The Goods: Each of Granite Peak’s five terrain parks cater to a different style. Tyro Progression offers beginner jumps and tabletops, Aspen features intermediate jibs and Sugar Maple features five advanced rail setups and a three-hit jump line (the largest of which is 60 feet). The resort also features two top-to-bottom runs – Western Frontier and Mission Ridge – that are equipped with jibs and jump lines, as well.
Adult Ticket Price: $62
Mount Snow, Vt.
The Goods: In terms of skiable acreage, this Green Mountain resort is less than one-sixth the size of Squaw Valley. But Mount Snow also features Carinthia Parks, the only all-park mountain face in New England, which is comprised of 10 terrain parks and two pipes. The designated areas include Inferno, home to the 2000 Winter X-Games; the propane tank-laden Junkyard; and Prospector, which features a series of natural jibs like logs, tree stalls and rock drops. Adult Ticket Price: $83
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pa.
The Goods: Appropriately, Seven Springs features seven terrain parks of varying skill levels; the most recent addition – an urban-style park dubbed The Street – was installed earlier this year. The resort’s first terrain park, The Spot, includes an Olympic-sized super-pipe complete with 22-foot walls. Seven Springs may not be considered an A-list establishment in name alone, but TransWorld’s Resort Poll 2012 listed the resort first among the ‘Top 5 East Coast Parks’ and named its super-pipe the fourth best in the country. Adult Ticket Price: $51
Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area, Wyo.
The Goods: This resort’s expansive Medicine Bow Terrain Park is chock-full of hips, rails, jumps, and a myriad of other features for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. The resort also hosts contests throughout the season; January 19 marks the ‘Best of the Grind Rail Jam’, followed by the ‘Big Air Comp’ in February and ‘Battle at the Range’ in March. Adult Ticket Price: $43