Whaleback, New Hampshire
In its second year, skiers and boarders again can come together to shred the rails and jumps at this East Coast oasis alongside the resort’s owners. There may be a shortage of natural snowfall, but there’s no shortage of jams and events. Whaleback is in the process of becoming a year-round action sports center with a BMX bike track, Zero Gravity skate camps, and what-have-you.
Deals: Check out the three-hour session deals for only twelve bucks throughout the week.
Nightriding: $29 ’til 9:00 p.m.
Web site: whaleback.com
Echo Mountain Park, Colorado
The single-lift-accessed park is just 35 miles from Denver. Designed by the pros at Planet Snow who shape the perfect parks at Hood, the park is filled with rails and jumps and pumping beats from the sound system.
Tickets: $35 weekends, $25 weekdays
Deals: Echo Three Pack (three tickets for $75).
Nightriding: $20, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Web site: echomtnpark.com
Big Bear, California
The Park at Big Bear was the first all-mountain park. It has grown to include 198 acres with spines, tables, hips, gaps, and cheese wedges mixed with rails, boxes, jibs, a Superpipe, and a halfpipe. It’s always in perfect shape thanks to an enormous park staff.
Deals: Receive a fifteen-dollar credit toward another lift ticket if you leave by 1:00 p.m.
Nightriding: $30-39, 3:00-9:30 p.m. at Snow Summit’s Ego Trip park.
Web site: bearmountain.com
The Jibassic Park all-mountain park features 100 rails, jumps, and hips including a Superpipe that is groomed twice daily. The pipe is even lit this year. There’s more off the back of the mountain in the “uberpark.” (P.S. Bring your skate-Boreal has an indoor skate bowl at the base, too.)
Deals: Night season passes are only 99 bucks.
Nightriding: $22-25, 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Web site: rideboreal.com
Jeff Meyer executes a blast-off bonk at Echo Mountain!
Photo: Mike Arzt