Top 3 Freeriding Resorts in the West
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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