4. Snowmass, Colorado:
Snowmass Park

The Burton women's team gets creative on a jump created by the Snowmass Park crew. PHOTO: Frode Sandbech

The Burton women's team gets creative on a jump created by the Snowmass Park crew. PHOTO: Frode Sandbech

Snowmass has three parks to help you work your way up the rad scale. The entry level Lowdown park drops in with four jumps and five jibs to get you going—it’s the perfect introduction into the life of a park rat. Little Makaha, the intermediate park, contains roughly four jumps, fifteen jibs, and big talk of expansion for the 2009/10 season. The main park, Snowmass Park, is where the hype’s at covering 1,224 feet of vertical rise accessible by an –easy-to-lap six-minute chair ride to the top. With park nerds on the loose, Snowmass’s ten jumps and 40 jibs are constantly changing. That, along with immaculate triple lines of jumps, makes this the park perfect for learning new tricks and perfecting old ones.
Web site:snowmassfreeride.com

5. June Mountain, California:
JM2

The ol' over under: Antti Autti and Jeremy Thompson at June. PHOTO: Rami Hanafi

The ol' over under: Antti Autti and Jeremy Thompson at June. PHOTO: Rami Hanafi

June Mountain is the spot to jib the bizarre, from satellite dishes, to wrecking balls, and old propane tanks without trespassing—it’s right in the perfectly groomed park. The two parks, Sunrise and Mambo, vary in difficulty to challenge riders from your little sister to Shaun White. The four-minute chair ride and lack of lift lines make it possible to pound as many runs as you can handle—did we mention the lack of crowds? The beginners park, Mambo, contains down sized versions of the same features for learning progression. June Mountain is also offering new this year, a straight edge hip cutter, so be on the lookout for a dialed in hip throughout the winter. Discover this “get away” for Mammoth locals.
Web site:junemountain.com

6. Bear Mountain: All-Mountain Park

What is left to say about Bear? They revolutionized park riding with their skatepark style approach to snow and continue to raise the bar year after year. It’s So Cal’s shred oasis: they’ve got about 200 acres of shreddable terrain—that’s plenty of room to pack in over 150 hits. Bear has jumps and jibs thrown in all over the mountain, with unique and progressive setups coming out on the daily, and they’ve got nearly every rail setup imaginable. Once the lifts stop turning, you can post up at The Scene in front of the base area. It’s a setup of signature jibs right in the limelight for you to give your best Nima or Bradshaw impersonation. Just don’t act a fool, ’cause they might be watching.
Web site: bearmountain.com