Top 3 Freeriding Resorts in the West

An early morning boat at Snowbird, Utah. Photo: Andrew Miller.

 

Snowbird, Utah

The Bird really is the word in Little Cottonwood Canyon. From Baldy and Silver Fox—former Freeride World Tour comp runs—to side hits on Chip’s Run, trees off Gad 2, and the always-popular (and ever-tracked-out) Cirque, there’s something for every type of freerider.

Poll Terrain Variety Rank: 7

Standout Terrain: Baldy, Upper Cirque, Gad 2, Chip’s Run

Average Snowfall: 500 inches

Don’t Miss: First Tram, drink deals at the Tram Club

Can’t Miss: Deadlung

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Need we even mention the name? This is where Travis Rice hones his big mountain skills alongside a grip of other legends and up and comers who claim Jackson’s rugged freeride terrain as home. Ample snow, backcountry access, a huge vertical drop (4,139 feet), and a Burton Stash park pretty much sum it up.

Poll Terrain Variety Rank: 1

Standout terrain: All the bowls: Cody, Rocksprings, Tensleep, Casper, Laramie

Average Snowfall: 459 inches

Don’t miss: Corbet’s Cabin breaky, first tram, Million Dollar Cowboy bar shenanigans

 

Bridger Bowl, Montana

Bridger is the real deal, not some prepackaged cowboy experience. A small, but potent area just outside of Bozeman, Montana with mellow to steep terrain and decent snowfall. With ample sidecountry access be sure to bring your avy gear and hiking legs.

Poll Terrain Variety Rank: N/A*

Standout Terrain: Schlasman lift, hike-to Ridge Terrain

Average Snowfall: 350 inches

Don’t Miss: Hikes, Starky’s, Dave’s Sushi, Over The Tapas, Ale Works

 

*Too few poll votes for sample size.

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