4. Mammoth Mountain, California
Jonas Michelot, Mammoth Mountain. PHOTO: Tim Peare
Flossing four pipes is not the only reason Mammoth stakes claim as one of the best pipe training grounds in the country. Their Super-Duper pipe rolls in at 600 feet long with twenty-foot walls, and their Superpipe cleans up at 450 feet with fifteen-foot walls. Mammoth also keeps its two smaller pipes fresh on the dailly, so you can work your way up to the big transitions.
5. Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
It’s no wonder Whistler/Blackcomb snags top spots every year in the Resort Poll. The place keeps its pipe on lock with eighteen-foot walls that run 400-plus feet down the hill with loads of snow to keep it rolling late into summer. With the resort climbing straight out of near sea level, the expansive valley below provides a stunning view every time you blast out of the lip.
6. Park City, Utah
All eyes have been on this pipe since the Olympics rolled into town six years ago and sent riders sky high. The park recently supersized the existing Eagle Superpipe to 22- foot transitions, stretching it to over 500 feet long. With pristine snow conditions all winter long, there’s no wonder this pipe is home to some of the world’s top pros. Look for the Park City All-Star team lighting it up in the mountain’s feature film I Ride Park City.
7. Snowmass, Colorado
Terrain Park Manager Isabelle Falardeau’s dedicated cutting crew recently partnered up with the SPT (Snow Park Technologies) crew, who helps to buff out this pristine Superpipe in the Blue Grouse Park. An eighteen-foot Zaugg cutter, time spent sweating away in the snowcat, and a favorable climate have all slung this pipe into the ranks.
8. Copper Mountain, Colorado
Over the last three seasons, Copper’s Main Vein Superpipe has been the first in North America to open its perfectly dialed transitions. With a throbbing village, load of pros, and events like the Grand Prix and USASA Nationals, the pipe is steaming with energy for the ’08/09 season.
9. Bear Mountain, California
When you think about the Southern California skyline, gargantuan mounds of sculpted snow don’t usually come to mind, but Bear’s advanced snowmaking setup churns out heaps of snow fit for a massive pipe. Bear’s 580-foot-long white wall is the jam as SoCal’s only in-ground Superpipe, and a pristine one to boot. The walls are always glassy and you’ll find ’em rollin’ in around triple overhead—every day.
10. Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon
Meadows, with its 500-foot-long, eighteen-foot-high pipe, provides a flawless playground for blasting consecutive hits. The frame is mined into the ground to provide the earliest opening possible when the Northwest flakes start flying while sculptors Jason Stankevich and Josh King have the accuracy and muscle to keep it polished. This past season’s heavy snowfall also kept this giant crevasse open late, and if that’s not enough to satisfy your pipe dreams, it’s lit up at night.