2. Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge, Colorado’s recently relocated Park Lane park on Peak 8 is so primo-just as Donny Stevens. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Early snowfall, that crisp Colorado cold, and a reputation backed by years of sculpting experience has the Freeway Superpipe sending riders through some of the best ivory-smooth transitions in the country. Terrain Park Manager Eric Armfield credits cutter Nick Symon for his tedious commitment to every aspect of the pipe (flat bottom, vert walls, deck, et cetera), while Nick adds that working alongside riders to perfect the transitions and vert is what makes the pipe so fun. Breck’s pipe reputation is legendary and its quiver of pipes (four on-hill) delivers an array of tranny to suit any rider. Lighting up the U-jump kicks off early with the first big contest of the season, the Chevy Grand Prix (December 13–14, 2008), which rolls out with some of the best riders on the globe.