Top 3 Parks in the Northwest

Austen Sweetin. Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington. Photo: Darcy Bacha

Summit at Snoqualmie

Proximity, it’s one of the standout traits that Summit at Snoqualmie has. The West, Central, and East portions that make up the area are only a 45-minute drive from the greater Seattle area. Add in night riding access and the Central Park and Greehorn Mini Park are the places for park riding in Washington State.

Standouts: Night riding, fast laps

Don’t Miss: Wildside Wednesdays, Gnu’s Tube City, Volcom PB & RJ, Smith Grudge Match

 

Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor’s location bridges high desert and classic wet Northwest forest giving it the best of sun and snow. While it’s one lonesome, big-ass volcano with ever-evolving windlips that create fun freestyle terrain, it’s the roughly six terrain parks and lengthy operating season that give Bachelor premium park status.

Standout Terrain: Long park runs, mix of natural and crafted terrain

Don’t Miss: The Dirksen Derby

 

Timberline

Timberline is most well known as the global host of Mt. Hood summer shred camps and the place to be Peter Pan forever. What’s often forgot are the jump lines and jib creations that exist throughout winter. While a pipe is lacking, there’s talk of one for this season, until then you have to get your u-ditch fix at camp.

Standouts: Big jump line, nearly year round riding

Don’t Miss: Hammers and Style, Airblaster Board Games

 

Value

Alpental

Sister operation to The Summit at Snoqualmie, Alpental is only a parking lot away and offers some seriously steep and rugged terrain and bountiful back bowls. Alpental also has night riding and when the storms are on there are easily accessible ridgelines to take you into the sidecountry and beyond.

 

Pep Talk

The gloom can make you groggy. Luckily pep comes in the form of a warm brownish liquid called coffee, it’s found everywhere up here. These are a few premium substitutes to Starbucks and Folgers sawdust.

Stumptown

Heart Coffee Roasters

Tony’s 

Moka Joe

Caffé Umbria

Victrola Coffee

Espresso Vivace Roasteria

Caffe Vita

Fremont Coffee Company

Zoka

Herkimer

Fremont Coffee Company

Fonté