Pieter Van Noordennen

The Subaru North American Freeskiing Championships were held at Kirkwood, California on Sunday, Feb 27th and Monday, Feb 28th—two beautiful bluebird days after a storm

Inside Line: Kirkwood, CA

Kirkwood is off the grid in more ways than one. The whole place runs on generators. Lift lines are six people deep on a powder day. Sierra storms fill the ski-porn-worthy terrain, closing roads and shutting down lifts for days. But with inbounds runs slanted up to 42 degrees, the most reliable snow in the area, and chutes that make big-mountain skiers queasy, it’s hard to believe the resort stays so low-key. Thank the hourlong drive from South Lake Tahoe’s packed casinos and resorts, which ensures Kirkwood remains unsullied by the masses. Just the way skiers there like it.

"Have you seen that big lake they keep talking about?" Ty Dayberry gets some tele-air on Heavenly's California side.Photo Courtesy of Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly

California's biggest ski resort, which straddles the border between California and Nevada.

Andreas Hatveit gets ready for a crazy game of Twister. Freeway 8 superpipe, Breckenridge.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado's Summit County offers world-class skiing, lodging, dining and nightlife. Breckenridge averages 300 inches of snowfall and 300 days of blue skies per year.