2. Snowmass, CO

Eric Willet enjoys an empty Snowmass Park. This wasn't a private day, it's always like this. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

Eric Willet enjoys an empty Snowmass Park. This wasn't a private day, it's always like this. PHOTO: Scott Serfas

This year, Snowmass climbed three spots by adding a couple key elements to an already prime park including the addition of a new Superpipe cutter, and the resulting number-one ranked Superpipe. And it seriously upgraded the snowmaking capabilities with a fresh York system that gets the park and pipe open earlier than ever. “We call it the snow farm,” says Snowmass Terrain Park Manager Greg Boyd. Variety defines the snowmass park- from jibby features packed into crannies, to Zaugg-cut transitions for slashin’, and multi-use elements like the new pole jam. “The features stay in great shape because of slightly less traffic than other resorts-but our park crew makes sure they’re the best maintained in the industry, says Boyd.—J.S.

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