If you grew up riding your snowboard in the Midwest, well … wow. That’s pretty badass.
There’s a reason so many Midwest kids are coming hard right now, making a loud presence in both the film game and contest circuit. Spend one day taking countless laps at any of these snowparks—with hundreds of non-stop drops, your legs will give out far before the rope tows come to a stop.
1. Granite Peak, Wisconsin
The Midwest’s best was a new category this year, with the inaugural prize falling to Wisconsin’s Granite Peak. The resort brings six parks to the table, with more than fifteen jumps (featuring a fun-as-hell quintuple line), 35-plus jibs (including identical length box-to-rail progression sets), and a park staff who ride with the guests on the daily. The locals are friendly, loyal, and always open to sharing their parks. After all, there’s nothing quite like a bit of that good ol’ Midwest hospitality.
For the rest of the 2011 Top Three Midwest Parks, click the page numbers below.
2. Hyland Hills, Minnesota
Just outside Minneapolis (roughly five minutes from The Mall of America), Hyland Hills is the skatepark-on-snow home to the truest of Midwest dirts. Local heroes Zac Marben, Jake Olson-Elm, and more of Minnesota’s best all hail from the 175-foot vertical mega-lapper, where you can realistically get 50-plus runs a day. Two rope tows keep the vibe flowing, with a park staff committed to keeping things fresh and new. Midwest, represent.
3. Tyrol Basin, Wisconsin
Tyrol Basin has been backing snowboarders since the very beginning. One of the first resorts in the world to have a snowboard park and halfpipe, the good humans in Wisconsin realized early-on that not only is snowboarding a legitimate activity to invest in, but it’s also direct path to success as a resort. That commitment continues on today, with the modern resort holding three varied parks and a pipe, all lit for nightriding. They’re also known for a pretty stout events schedule, further helping to keep that storied snowboard legacy alive and well.