Riding in the Midwest is unlike snowboarding anywhere else. A lot of talented riders have come out the area recently and now that they’re getting recognized, resorts are adding new features and maintaining their parks better than ever. Here are the three that did it best this year, all while keeping that good ol’ Midwest vibe.—Jordan Michilot
1. Granite Peak, WI
Shreds in the Midwest are used to tow ropes and short runs, but Granite Peak breaks the mold with some of the longest runs in the region. The park setup has plenty to keep riders busy with tables ranging from 10-to 65-feet in the Sugar Maple Park. New this winter, it’s adding a massive pyramid-style box with a rail on top and a redesigned rainbow rail that will reduce impact on landings.
Tyrol Basin may only have 30 acres of terrain, but it maximizes the area by constantly changing up the features. By reserving a third of its three-dozen rails it’s able to rotate them to keep things fresh. Keep an eye out for the 24-foot Barn Box and the Flex rail, which can be set up in multiple combos up to 70-feet long. Jumps range from 15-to 60-feet.
3. Nubs Nob, MI
The Nubs Nob’s park crew is mainly skateboarders who prefer to build skate influenced features. They keep it interesting by adding new features every season and adjusting the park weekly. Their signature setup is a 28-foot up-flat-gap-to-down box with banked sides. You can shred that bad boy all day.