20. Squaw Valley, California

Squaw Valley boasts some of the sickest terrain in the Lower 48 states. The inbounds riding is insane and unfortunately gets tracked up quickly by crowds of rippers who know all the ins and outs of the resort. Long before Hot Dog, the media has been all over the mountain taking advantage of the amazing features.

“Squallywood,” as the locals call it, is a world-famous destination resort. It’s expensive to ride at Squaw, yet crowds gather en masse for weekends and holidays. The funnel effect caused by runs merging at the bottom of the mountain on the way to the base lodge can create major traffic jams.

The pipes and parks are well maintained and definitely standard-setting for the region. The pipe sessions are heated¿if you’re planning on stepping up, prepare to be humbled by local chargers. Many pros call Tahoe home, and Squaw is the mack daddy of the Tahoe resorts.

Squaw’s wide variety of runs means there’s something for everyone. KT22 accesses some of the best terrain in the Lake Tahoe area. Because it’s sheltered, the chairlift stays open when wind shuts other lifts down. Headwall is the spot for bump freaks; Palisades is the cliff-hucker’s paradise; Granite Chief, Siberia Bowl, and Shirley Canyon offer great freeriding opportunities to round out the experience.

¿John Chorlton