#7. June Mountain, California
If Mammoth is a full-blown destination resort, June Mountain—20 minutes to the Northwest—is still an unpretentious hideaway. Real locals walk the streets of sleepy June Lake, and the mountain itself is a serene shred experience. But—don’t be fooled, because in addition to trees and endless sunny groomers, the park is completely off the chain. Unique junkyard jibs like the famed satellite dish wallride and ball and chain jib have graced many a magazine page, and the resort just built a “hip cutter” from an old pipe cutter.
#8. Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
Northstar is a celebrated hub of Tahoe snowboarding. Why? It’s got the parks—five of them, including the first ever Stash, an entire run devoted to natural terrain features (local logs and stumps, et cetera). It’s also got the tree lines, the buffed out groomers, and the epic sushi restaurant right at resort base. With all that said, Northstar attracts many a Tahoe super pro on a daily basis. Lodging-wise, you can shack up right in snazzy Northstar Village and take advantage of the outdoor skating rink and plenty of restaurants, or drive fifteen minutes to Truckee—a gem of a historic logging/ski town with plenty of local flavor.
#9. Breckenridge, Colorado
An hour and a half drive from Denver, this high-altitude shred haven was one of the first mountains to allow snowboarding. The resort sprawls out horizontally into four different peaks harboring five awesome parks, two halfpipes, and eight bowls. With a base elevation of almost 10,000 feet, Breck gets you blower powder and above treeline adventuring, too. The town itself is less a tourist trap and more a historic mountain town with a devoted year-round population, cosmopolitan sensibilities, and definite soul.
#10. Keystone, Colorado
A park oriented paradise amidst looming Rocky Mountain peaks, Keystone features a banger terrain park called A51 that has its own high-speed chairlift and the only night park-riding in Colorado. The freeride scene is all about blue spruce glades and super long runs, while the off-hill scene is about sipping microbrews/mochas at the laid-back slopeside village or hightailing it to the nearest town, Silverthorne. Oh, and a rarity at central Colorado resorts, there’s free parking within walking distance of the new gondola at River Run.
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