4. Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C. Canada

This looks like a good day to be at Whistler. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

This looks like a good day to be at Whistler. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

When it comes to Canadian super resorts, Whis is king. One of the biggest winter playgrounds in North America, the resort spans two interconnected mountains full of everything from agro alpine lines to finely tuned terrain-park perfection. There’s plenty to ride for all levels and appetites, and, of course, plenty of powder. Plus, Blackcomb glacier is open during the summer for slush park shredding. The town of Whistler is a Mecca of the good mountain life, with a definite cosmopolitan flare due to its proximity to Vancouver.

#5. Park City, Utah

Another sunny park and pipe day at Park City. PHOTO: Christy Chaloux

Another sunny park and pipe day at Park City. PHOTO: Christy Chaloux

Park City is, ironically, most famous for its parks. From mini-shred kicker lines to pro-sized cheese wedges, PC’s three terrain parks address every single rider, and the buffed out 22-foot Superpipe is Shaun White’s “home pipe.” There’re also two back bowls full of gladed goodness, not to mention a packed dance floor along Main Street awaiting you come sundown. The best part? The place is only 40 minutes from the SLC International Airport—so fly by morning and ride by afternoon is a definite go.

#6. Sierra-at-Tahoe, California

Devun Walsh legally steps out of bounds at Sierra. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Devun Walsh legally steps out of bounds at Sierra. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Sierra-at-Tahoe is a sweet bite of South Shore goodness that sits twelve miles from South Lake Tahoe. It’s a mellow, down-home spot that serves up all types of terrain—from craggy rock drops and stump/tree jibs to three different parks and South Shore’s only Superpipe. There’re acres of sumptuous, wind-protected tree riding courtesy of vast old-growth conifers and nearly 500 inches of fresh snow per season. The town of South Lake sits squarely over Nevada/California state line, and it’s home to a lively range of food, gambling, and lodging opportunities.