2009 Resort Poll: Top 10 Parks

4. Keystone, Colorado

Nick Dirks at Keystone. PHOTO: Robbie Sells

Keystone used to be a secret, but after years of consistent park builds, pro-level events, and photos in the mags, people know the score. The hit-packed Area 51 park zones offer everything from mini jumps to the pro line on upper Main Street. The well-laid-out surplus of obstacles and jumps is always getting a fresh groom, good for locals and visitors alike.

5. Buttermilk, Colorado

While the crowds are swelling over at Aspen and Snowmass, shredders in the know can be found ripping laps through any of the four parks and North America’s numero uno Superpipe at mellow, little Buttermilk. Jib-bonk a log on Uncle Chuck’s, hit a wallride on Jacob’s Ladder, then point it down to Crazy T’rain. All day long.

6. Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge Colorado’s recently relocated Park Lane park on Peak 8 is so primo—just ask Donny Stevens. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Make the best laps of your winter on Peaks 8 and 9. Breckenridge is bananas and slides into the top five by dropping a wide array of rails, boxes, and even some “junk”-style obstacles in their five perfectly groomed parks. The jump lines at Breck, from Freeway to Park Lane, are smooth as butter.

7. Park City, Utah

Park City has a long history of giving riders what they want and also building features you’d never expect. The Pick ‘n Shovel park offers a mix of jumps, innovative jibs, and rails while Jonesy’s park sports a pro-caliber jump line. With the quality and variety of A-grade freestyle terrain, it’s no wonder so many pros claim local status at Park City.

8. Mammoth Mountain, California

Mammoth is the place to escape to for Southern Californians. With everything from steep cliff drops and lines to epic park and pipe and late-night restaurants and bars in the village-Mammoth meets the needs of SoCal shredders. Jonas Michelot blasts off in excitment. PHOTO: Tim Peare

Mammoth has led terrain-park innovation for a decade; yet they never rest. On any given day in the winter, something is fresh. From Main Park, the most pro-populated park run in snowboarding, to South Park, where the whole crew can hang, it’s all good. With some of the most consistent and progressive parks anywhere, local Mammoth kids continue to become world-class pros year after year.

9. The Canyons, Utah

In a region with lots of options for the park-minded shredder, The Canyons has set themselves apart with progressive park designs. In addition to smooth-cut jumps features, they’ve loaded the hill with some sick skate-style jibs, like twenty-foot-long picnic tables, a crazy quarterpipe, a steep rail with stairs, and more.

10. June Mountain, California

Chas Guldemond blasts off a mega-feature at the biggest secret in snowboarding-June Mountain, California’s park-during the stoniest event in snowboarding, the Grenade Games. PHOTO: Andy Wright

It seems the sun is always shining over at June, perfect for all-day park play. From the top of Chair One it’s easy to spot your crew lapping one of the six park runs. With everything from an all-jib park to pro jump lines and big, sunny Superpipe, June is on. The fact that it’s never crowded is a bonus.