#1 Pipe: Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
Seven Springs is becoming a perennial contender in the pipe category. They made it into the top five for pipe in last year’s Resort Poll, and by the time you read this they’ll be popping champagne from the number one spot. Seven Springs, a Snow Park Technologies park (think Northstar and Bear), has two pipes—both a thirteen foot pipe and an eighteen-foot Superpipe. Last season, the resort invested in a Bombardier winch to assist in grooming the Zaugg-cut Superpipe, which according to Director of Action Sports, Joel Rerko, is likely what pushed them into first this year. Joel says, “Seven Springs is dedicated to having a good pipe, it’s hard to build and maintain one on the East Coast, and it’s one of the things that we really focus our energy and resources on here. It’s something that separates us from the other resorts.” The 450-foot long Superpipe was up by early February last year, and is maintained every other night through the winter.
Don’t Miss: The new local contest series this winter—Packed Jacked ’n’ Stacked—consisting of two rail events, halfpipe, and Slopestyle.
#2 Pipe: Mount Snow, Vermont
Mount Snow’s 450-foot-long, 18-foot-tall, 17-degree-pitched superpipe has been buzzing amongst New Englanders for its top-notch quality and convenient location on the hill. “We use SMI PoleCats to make the pipe’s snow,” says Freestyle Terrain Manager Ken Gaitor, “which are way higher in quality than normal air/water snowguns.” Stationed right in front of the Carinthia main lodge, the pipe is in the perfect spot for contests, such at the annual The Dew Tour. “It’s great for spectators,” Gaitor added. “And you can access it from two different chairlifts.”
#3 Pipe: Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Loon’s half-tube faces dead north, giving each wall of the 450-foot-long, 18-foot-tall superpipe equal amounts of sunlight (not too soupy but not too stiff—perfect!). Stationed as the last feature in their main park, Loon’s monster pipe gets a thumbs-up reputation because of its consistent maintenance, getting cut four time per week. “If it’s your last run of the day,” says Terrain Park Development Manager Jay Scambio, “we want to make sure it ends on a good note.”
#4 Pipe: Okemo, Vermont
Remember laser-pointers in middle school? Okemo has brought the trend back by implementing laser-technology to their Zaugg pipe-cutter, making for extreme precision and a perfect cut. The Ross-Powers-endorsed, 500-foot-long superpipe is also stacked with an 18-degree pitch (more speed; more air-time!) to accompany its 18-foot walls. Although Okemo’s laser lightshow isn’t as insane as a techno club, the high-energy vibe of its clientèle is mutual; they’re still featuring the towrope for endless laps without hiking a step.
#5 Pipe: Nubs Nob, Michigan
Although the first mountain in the mid-west to construct a no-joke, 300-foot-long, 18-foot-tall superpipe six years ago, Nubs Nob doesn’t stop there at showcasing the importance of a killer pipe for its Michigan-based shred-dogs. “It’s not part of an existing run,” says Nubs Nob’s terrain park guru Jim Bartlett. “It’s its own trail with its own, private lift—there are no issues with skiers flying across your path; you can’t stumble into this thing.”