Top 3 Midwest Parks

Words by Mike Sudmeier

 

1. Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin

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Pat Milbery. Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin. PHOTO: CHRIS GARRISON

Parks: 5

Pipe: 12’

Jumps: 4–8

Jibs: 30

Game On: Early January

Website: tyrolbasin.com

 

For more than two decades, Tyrol has crafted premium parks. And thanks to serious snowmaking, Tyrol keeps kids shredding for six months straight. After warming up on Gentle Ben, head to the pipe or the Barnyard for lines filled with rails, kickers, and jibs. “Tyrol Basin’s park crew does an awesome job of changing up the park weekly and maintaining all the features,” local rider Calvin Connor says. The park also has at least one larger jump that gets up to 65 feet. Float a backside one over this monster kicker and then snap up some of Bartender Josh’s legendary wings in the lodge. Keep it going into the night then roll into Mount Horeb for a milkshake and ButterBurger at Culver’s or microbrews at The Grumpy Troll.

 

2. Granite Peak, Wisconsin

 

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Corey Wissnik. Granite Peak, Wisconsin. PHOTO: WYATT FRITZ

Parks: 5

Pipes: None

Jumps: 15

Jibs: 45

Game On: January

Website:skigranitepeak.com

 

Granite Peak has got park building down to a science. Thanks to a dedicated crew that’s constantly grooming and raking, every feature remains well maintained. “You can take lap after lap without having to land in a three-foot-deep rut,” local ruler Corey Wissink says. After warming up in the Tyro Park, catch the high-speed Comet chair and lap Sugar Maple and Aspen.  These park runs transfer into one another, creating lines filled with rails, boxes, and booters. If you’re looking to catch some sky, head to the west side of the mountain and hit up the jump line. The booters run seven deep and are up to 60 feet in length. After a long day—or night—of shredding, hit up Polito’s Pizza or Zhou’s Mongolian BBQ.

 

3. Cannonsburg, Michigan

 

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Brad Doren. Cannonsburg, Michigan. PHOTO: MARC MOLINE

Number of Parks: 7

Number of Pipes: None

Number of Jumps: 7

Number of Jibs: 70

Game On: Mid-January

Website:cannonsburg.com

 

With seven manicured parks, Cannonsburg makes a masterpiece out of a small canvas. “The people and staff are super friendly with just a good all-around vibe,” up-and-coming ripper Jacob Visser explains. “What makes them stand out is their determination to provide an outstanding park and mountain.” To see for yourself, hit up the jumps on Cannon Park and then cut over to the rails and jibs on City Park. Thanks to several new towropes and a new lighting system, lapping Cannonsburg’s parks just got easier.  With a series of events that keep riders amped all season, Cannonsburg also works hard to build a tight-knit shred scene. When the day is over, you just might find the locals celebrating over dinner at The Grist Mill.