2009 Resort Poll: Top 10 Pipes

What qualities do all of these top ten pipes share? They’re huge and they’re constantly maintained. Want to dial in those spins and increase your air time in the pipe? We suggest you train in the best.

* About The Poll: The online Resort Poll is voted on by both subscribers and the online readers of twsnow.com—in total over 1,600 readers logged on to cast their votes. Readers were given the opportunity to vote on the three best resorts they visited during the 2007/2008 season, ranking them on 21 different categories. Some 154 resorts across North America and Canada were judged, after the numbers were crunched, ten in each category rose to the top.

1. Buttermilk, Colorado

The sleeping giant of Buttermilk awoke this year with a roar. The 500-foot long, 85-foot wide, and 21-foot deep Superpipe residing in the hills of Aspen is not only the largest pipe in the Rockies, but is also the Resort Poll’s number one pipe. The success of this beast lies in the dirt foundation with the grooming equipment to match, the right amount of sunlight (the pipe runs southwest to northeast), and above all, the park staff’s commitment to precision sculpting. Shapers Yannick Rioux and Kyle Bradley relied on an eighteen-foot Zaugg Pipe Monster to slice clean transitions this past year and they’re gearing up for an even better pipe this year with a 22-foot cutter to match the newly shaped dirt foundation. The park crew’s crucial decision to close the pipe in the early afternoon (around 2:00 p.m.) throughout the winter kept the pipe from getting too sloppy and allowed it to maintain its consistently consistent shape, says Terrain Park Manager Greg Boyd.

Shaun White, about to drop into the winning Pipe. Photo Adam Moran