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Everyone has an opinion on what makes a terrain park great, from the size, to the number of features, to the types of features—even how it’s accessed. The very best terrain parks have the perfect combination of all of the above. Here are our picks.
Mammoth Mountain, Calif.
The SoCal resort has nine parks and two Superpipes ranging in skill level from never-ever to pro. That’s over 100 jibs and up to 50 jumps across 100 acres. The biggest is the Main Park, accessible off of Chair 6 and serving up 18 jibs plus a 22-foot Superpipe, a large jump, and a snow cube. On the other end of the spectrum are the beginner-friendly Disco, Eagle, and Wonderland Playgrounds—mini parks with rollers, small boxes, and other features that gradually get bigger as you move through the park.
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Mount Snow, Vt.
Mount Snow’s Carinthia isn’t just a terrain park, it’s a whole slope full, with 100 acres comprising nine terrain parks of varying skill levels packed with jumps, rails, glades, kickers, and more, plus a 16-foot Superpipe. Options range from Inferno, which hosted the 2000 X Games and boasts massive rails and 70-foot jumps, to Grommet, packed with pint-sized features served by its own convenient Magic Carpet.
From the 2021 Resort Guide: No. 17 in the East, Mount Snow
The Winter X Games venue has stellar parks, of course. The marquee park is X Park, off of Buttermilk‘s Summit Express lift. It has 25 advanced and expert features plus the 22-foot Superpipe and Big Air Jump used for the Winter X Games. New last season is the Eagle Hill Cross Course, a ski and snowboard cross track with medium and large rollers, tables, and berms. Teaser Park is for the groms—up to 15 urban-style, smaller features reminiscent of a skate park.
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Eight terrain parks for all levels keep Timberline in the Top 5, plus six of them are conveniently accessible off of the Stormin’ Norman chair. Look to Spraypaint for big-air jumps and Conway for your jibs and other larger features. Newbies will want to stick to Schoolyard, where the smaller features are well spaced and encourage hiking to perfect form.
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If Breck’s four terrain parks and 18-foot Superpipe are good enough for the Dew Tour, they’re good enough for you. Start at the entry-level Highway 9 and work your way to the slightly-larger Frontier before dipping a toe in at Park Lane, which was built with two triple lines this season and enough medium- to large features to keep you busy all day. Freeway is the expert park, where you’ll find four big-air-inducing jumps plus the Superpipe.
From the 2021 Resort Guide: No. 12, Breckenridge