Snow Summit, CA, Wins Best Park; Breckenridge, CO, Named Best Halfpipe

Oceanside, CA, October 8, 2001 ¿ The top snowboarding resorts, terrain parks and halfpipes in North America are ranked by readers in TransWorld SNOWboarding’s reader resort poll in the 2002 Snowboard Travel Guide, a special newsstand-only issue. Whistler/ Blackcomb takes the top spot as best overall snowboard resort in North America.

“Whistler/Blackcomb has what no other resort in North America does–unbeatable natural terrain and parks and pipes that hold their own,” said editor Kurt Hoy. “Add to the mix tons of snow, more than 7,000 ridable acres plus a cool village with blistering nightlife, and it’s no surprise that Whistler/Blackcomb won. Any rider who’s ever been there knows how legit the place is, and to top it off, it’s more affordable to spend a week in Canada than it is to visit a lot of resorts in the U.S.”

TransWorld SNOWboarding’s top ten overall snowboarding resorts are:

1.Whistler/ Blackcomb, British Columbia
2.Mammoth Mountain, California
3.Breckenridge, Colorado
4.Vail, Colorado
5.Timberline, Oregon
6.Snow Summit, California
7.Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon
8.Copper Mountain, Colorado
9.Mount Snow, Vermont
10.Okemo, Vermont

Terrain parks and halfpipes are key to making a resort a top snowboarder destination. Snow Summit, CA is rated No. 1 park by readers because of its five amazing, state of the art parks. The best halfpipe in North America can be found at Breckenridge, CO, due to their amazing commitment to snowmaking and terrain.

Not only does TransWorld SNOWboarding’s 2002 Travel Guide rank the top snowboard areas, parks and pipes, the guide is a full-on resource for where a snowboarder will want to ride this season. The special issue is full of profiles on most major resorts in North America as well as where to stay, how to get there and what to do besides ride.

The reader resort survey is sent to more than 4,000 subscribers. Resorts are ranked in three major categories: Park, Pipe and General Resort Info. A resort must show up on at least 20 ballots and the reader must have ridden a resort at least once during the 2000/2001 season. TWS readers ride an average of 30 days a year and have been riding an average of 4.6 seasons. For a complete listing of all category winners, in-depth scoring and a breakdown on each mountain’s high and low scoring, go to transworldsnowboarding.com/parkandpipesurvey.

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