The East Coast is known in the snow world for its infamous Nor’Easter, bringing with it brutal arctic air ( and with any luck some snow0. The harsh environment breeds a hard-nosed dedication for the sport in any conditions. That’s why you can find these resorts at the front line of the terrain park evolution. Even on the Ice Coast, kids will always shred, and they’ll always have fun!—Ian Frisch
1. Seven Springs, PA
Taking the top spot two years in a row, Seven Springs has solidified its place on the East Coast. “We’ve taken people by surprise as a resort that is park-driven,” says Terrain Park Manager Joel Rerko. “Getting the top spot for the second year helps prove we’re here to stay.”
Seven Springs is ideal for any experience level, given its jumps range from five-foot mini-kickers to a 70-foot monster in the main park. While it earned this number one ranking with an 18-foot pipe, Seven Springs is stepping up to a proper 22-foot Superpipe for this upcoming winter, one the few in the East. “We’re always keeping at it,” Rerko adds. “Tweaking. Adding. Moving. Always improving!”
2.Mount Snow, VT
“It’s about giving riders creative freedom,” says Marketing Director Vinnie Lewis. The parks are sprinkled over 100 acres and jam-packed with features including elbow kinks, street-style setups, barrel bonks, combo boxes, and jumps ranging from 15-to 70-feet. If you’re looking to take a break from the metal, check out the all-wood jibs in the Prospector Park. Snow guns with fan technology helps offset potentially icy conditions.
3. Loon Mountain, NH
For 2012, Loon unleashed the chainsaws, adding another park trail alongside its main park, which is still be chock full of signature features like the wall ride and Hubba setup, all of which are meticulously maintained daily. “My staff has a lot of pride,” says Terrain Park Director Brian Norton. “Everyone eats, sleeps, and breathes snowboarding.”
4. Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Ontario, Canada
A soccer goal rail? An airbag jump? Ontario’s Moonstone takes the prize for most interesting features in the East. “Oh, yeah, we’re making a waving-flag-type box this year, too,” says Terrain Park Director, Craig Burley. To really see what this park is capable of, check out the end of season Quiksilver Downlow slopestyle when features are pushed to the max.
5. Waterville Valley, NH
“Our park has a lot of skateboarding influences,” explains Terrain Park Manager Luke Mathison. Staying true to the skate vibe, Mathison has teamed up with a new groomer for 2012 to make sure the setups stay tight throughout the parks. “We always want to build a very street-style park,” Mathison says. And don’t worry about airtime-the Exhibition Park’s got your booter needs covered.