The TransWorld Resort Poll Top Ten Parks

If you really like park riding, you might want to move out west. It seems the best parks are split between California and Colorado, with the proud exceptions of Loon in New Hampshire, the massive Whistler/Blackcomb park complex in Canada, and of course, Park City in Utah. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect.

 

 

A. Parks (in order of progression)

1. Park City, Utah
R 4: PayDay Jib Park, Pick ‘n’ Shovel, King’s Crown, Jonesy’s Super Park

Mammoth Mountain, California
3: Canyon Park, South Park, Main Park

Breckenridge, Colorado
5: Trygves, Eldorado, Gold King, Country Boy, Freeway Super Park

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
5: The Straits, Burton Progression Park, Pinball, Moonshine, Pipeline

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
6: Terrain Garden, Habitat Terrain Parks (Whistler Mountain), Night Moves Park, Nintendo Terrain Park, Boardercross Track, Highest Level Park

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
5: Burton Progression Park, Bear Island Park, Picked Rock Park, Northstar Park, Loon Mountain Park

June Mountain, California
3: Mambo, Sunrise, Gunsmoke

Bear Mountain, California
1: The Park (all-mountain park)

Keystone, Colorado
2: A51 Incubator, A51

Winter Park, Colorado
5: Starter Park, Kendrick, Dog Patch East, Dog Patch, Rail Yard/ Dark Territory

 

 

 

B. Ticket Price (full-day adult)

Park City, Utah
$77

Mammoth Mountain, California
$63-78

Breckenridge, Colorado
$75 (’05/06)

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
$58 (’05/06)

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
$70 (’05/06)

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
|$58-65 (’05/06)

June Mountain, California
$60-54

Bear Mountain, California
$50-62

Keystone, Colorado
N/A

Winter Park, Colorado
$49-75 (’05/06)
C. Access Lift

Park City, Utah
King’s Crown high-speed 6-pack, 6 minutes

Mammoth Mountain, California
Thunder Bound Express (Chair 6) high-speed quad, 2.4 minutes

Breckenridge, Colorado
Chair 5 double, 4 minutes

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
Vista high-speed quad, 8 minutes

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
Solar Coaster high-speed quad, 10 minutes

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Kancamagus high-speed quad, 4 minutes

June Mountain, California
J-1 high-speed quad, 5 minutes

Bear Mountain, California
Chair 9 high-speed quad, 10 minutes

Keystone, Colorado
A51 double chair, 5 minutes

Winter Park, Colorado
Eskimo high-speed quad, 6 minutes
E. Snowboard Events

Park City, Utah
King of the Wasatch, TBA
World Superpipe Championships, March 10-11|
Roxy Chicken Jam, March 22-25

Mammoth Mountain, California
Forum Youngblood Rail Jam, November 11
2nd Annual West Coast Invitational Fiesta De La Pipa, May 4
6th Annual West Coast Invitational Rail Jam, May 5
Volcom Peanut Butter & Rail Jam Championships, May 19

Breckenridge, Colorado
U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, December 13-17
Spring Massive Events, April 1-22

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
Vans Tahoe Cup, March 2-7
USASA Nationals, April 1-6

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
Swcase Showdown, February 23-24
12th Annual TELUS World Ski And Snowboard Festival, April 13-22

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Thanksjibbing, November 25
Last Call With Eastern Boarder, March 21

June Mountain, California
Grenade Strikes Back, January 6-7
Grenade Games, April 20
California State Games, March 17-18

Bear Mountain, California
Volcom Peanut Butter & Rail Jam, December 16
Trans Am, January 20
Forum Youngblood Series, March 10
Grenade Strikes Back, March 24-25

Keystone, Colorado
Boarding for Breast Cancer, April (TBD)
36 Hours Of Keystone, December 1-2

Winter Park, Colorado
Jingle Rails, December 31
USASA Pipe And Park, February 10-11
Trans Am, February 17

 

F. Dedicated Park Staff And Machines

Park City, Utah
15 park staff, 3 snowcats

Mammoth Mountain, California
20 park staff, 9 snowcats

Breckenridge, Colorado
17 park staff, 6 snowcats

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
19 park staff, 5 snowcats

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
15 park staff, 14 snowcats

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
14 park staff, 3 snowcats

June Mountain, California
9 park staff, 3 snowcats

Bear Mountain, California
35 park staff, 10 snowcats

Keystone, Colorado
16 park staff, 7 snowcats

Winter Park, Colorado
15 park staff, 5 snowcats

 

G. Local Pros

Park City, Utah
Shaun White, Marc Frank Montoya, Jeremy Jones, Scotty Arnold, Aaron Biittner, Stevie Bell, Erin Comstock, Drew Fuller

Mammoth Mountain, California
Danny Kass, Molly Aguirre, Mason Aguirre, Matt Hammer, Gabe Taylor, Hana Beaman, Tara Dakides, Eddie Wall, Tommy Czeshin, Tyler Flanagan, Mercedes Nicoll

Breckenridge, Colorado
Chad Otterstrom, Steve Fisher, Ryan Thompson, Mike Casanova, Jonas Michilot, Gabi Viteri, Tori Koski, Josh Sherman, JJ Johnson, Leslie Glenn

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
Todd Richards, Andy Finch, Eero Ettala, Heikki Sorsa, Chaz Guldemond, Jussi Oksanen

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
Leanne Pelosi, Chris Dufficy, Jon Cartwright, Jonovan Moore, Simon Chamberlain, Devun Walsh, Marie France Roy , Tadashi Fuse, Annie Boulanger, David Aubry

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Scotty Lago, Mike Parnell, Chris Carr, Melissa Millar, Seth Learned, Jacques Beriau, Andre Beriau

June Mountain, California
The Grenerds, Danny Kass, Kyle Clancy

Bear Mountain, California
Clayton Shoemaker, Chris Bradshaw, Mike Burton

Keystone, Colorado
Bob Burell, Rob Faller, John Sasso

Winter Park, Colorado
Pat Milbery

 

H. Defining Feature

Park City, Utah
Decline Stairs with a ledge and a street-style rail

Mammoth Mountain, California
The 50- to 60-foot double-line and the 75-foot jump in Main Park

Breckenridge, Colorado
The triple line in Freeway

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
The Matix 30-foot staircase with three different jib options

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
The Channel Jump and Shack Booter in the Highest Level Park

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
The 32-foot Wallride made from lift towers

June Mountain, California
The series of 70-foot-plus jumps in Gunsmoke

Bear Mountain, California
The Hip

Keystone, Colorado
The double-barrel rainbow barbecue rail

Winter Park, Colorado
The Dark Territory double-line (special pass required)

 

I. What sets this park apart?

Park City, Utah
Progression-friendly rails and jumps for every level from beginner to (well-beyond) advanced

 

Mammoth Mountain, California
The whole package: great parks, great pipes, and great freeriding

Breckenridge, Colorado
The size of the jumps: 50-75 feet

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
The newly introduced The Stash-combining park riding with backcountry feel and features

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
The vibe, variety, and number of jibs and rails for all levels

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Tons of events and a great vibe

June Mountain, California
No crowds-your own personal playground

Bear Mountain, California
The nation’s first all-mountain freestyle park with over 150 jumps and 80 jibs

Keystone, Colorado
A super fast lift that gives riders a view of the features-and night jibbing

Winter Park, Colorado
Fun jump lines and the “gaper-free” Dark Territory

J. Snow Fall

 

Park City, Utah
350 inches plus snowmaking

Mammoth Mountain, California
400 inches plus snowmaking

Breckenridge, Colorado
300 inches plus snowmaking

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
350 inches plus snowmaking

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
360 inches plus snowmaking

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
121 inches plus snowmaking

June Mountain, California
250 inches plus snowmaking

Bear Mountain, California
100 inches plus snowmaking

Keystone, Colorado
230 inches plus snowmaking

Winter Park, Colorado
360 inches plus snowmaking

 

K. Web site

Park City, Utah
www.pcride.com

Mammoth Mountain, California
www.mammothmountain.com

Breckenridge, Colorado
www.breck1080.com

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
www. northstarattahoe.com

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
www.terrainparks.loonmtn.com

June Mountain, California
www.junemountain.com

Bear Mountain, California
www.bearmountain.com

Keystone, Colorado
www.nightpark.com

Winter Park, Colorado
www.rlyrd.com

 

L. Park Season Dates (estimated)

Park City, Utah
November 17-April 15

Mammoth Mountain, California
November 10-July 4

Breckenridge, Colorado
November 10-April 22

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
November 18-April 22

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
November 23-July 31

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Mid November-mid April

June Mountain, California
December 16-barrel rainbow barbecue rail

Winter Park, Colorado
The Dark Territory double-line (special pass required)

 

I. What sets this park apart?

Park City, Utah
Progression-friendly rails and jumps for every level from beginner to (well-beyond) advanced

 

Mammoth Mountain, California
The whole package: great parks, great pipes, and great freeriding

Breckenridge, Colorado
The size of the jumps: 50-75 feet

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
The newly introduced The Stash-combining park riding with backcountry feel and features

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
The vibe, variety, and number of jibs and rails for all levels

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Tons of events and a great vibe

June Mountain, California
No crowds-your own personal playground

Bear Mountain, California
The nation’s first all-mountain freestyle park with over 150 jumps and 80 jibs

Keystone, Colorado
A super fast lift that gives riders a view of the features-and night jibbing

Winter Park, Colorado
Fun jump lines and the “gaper-free” Dark Territory

J. Snow Fall

 

Park City, Utah
350 inches plus snowmaking

Mammoth Mountain, California
400 inches plus snowmaking

Breckenridge, Colorado
300 inches plus snowmaking

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
350 inches plus snowmaking

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
360 inches plus snowmaking

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
121 inches plus snowmaking

June Mountain, California
250 inches plus snowmaking

Bear Mountain, California
100 inches plus snowmaking

Keystone, Colorado
230 inches plus snowmaking

Winter Park, Colorado
360 inches plus snowmaking

 

K. Web site

Park City, Utah
www.pcride.com

Mammoth Mountain, California
www.mammothmountain.com

Breckenridge, Colorado
www.breck1080.com

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
www. northstarattahoe.com

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
www.whistlerblackcomb.com

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
www.terrainparks.loonmtn.com

June Mountain, California
www.junemountain.com

Bear Mountain, California
www.bearmountain.com

Keystone, Colorado
www.nightpark.com

Winter Park, Colorado
www.rlyrd.com

 

L. Park Season Dates (estimated)

Park City, Utah
November 17-April 15

Mammoth Mountain, California
November 10-July 4

Breckenridge, Colorado
November 10-April 22

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
November 18-April 22

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
November 23-July 31

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Mid November-mid April

June Mountain, California
December 16-April 15

Bear Mountain, California
November-April

Keystone, Colorado
November 10-April 15

Winter Park, Colorado
November 15-April 15

 

J. Freestyle Training

Park City, Utah
Park lessons for all ability levels available at PC Snowboard School

Mammoth Mountain, California
Freestyle-skills lessons through Mammoth Mountain Snowboard School, and three-day Park and Pipe camps

Breckenridge, Colorado
Burton Learn To Ride Program, Roxy Women’s Park & Pipe Snow Camp (February 10-11), Rocky Mountain Park & Pipe Camp (March 3-4)

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
Northstar Resort Freestyle Team, Burton Learn To Ride Program, Freeride Sessions

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
Freestyle/Freeride Snowboard Camps, Burton Women’s Learn to Ride Camps, Roxy Women’s All Star Snowboard Camp

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Loon Freestyle Progression Camps, Loon Snowboard Team, Loon Freeride Team, Loon Seasonal Freestyle Development Program, the Burton Learn to Ride Center

June Mountain, California
Park and pipe clinics at June Mountain Snowboard School

Bear Mountain, California
Burton Method Center, Burton Learn To Ride program, Burton Progression Park

Keystone, Colorado
Terrain-park-skills training at Snowboard Ride School

Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park Snowboard Team

16-April 15

Bear Mountain, California
November-April

Keystone, Colorado
November 10-April 15

Winter Park, Colorado
November 15-April 15

 

J. Freestyle Training

Park City, Utah
Park lessons for all ability levels available at PC Snowboard School

Mammoth Mountain, California
Freestyle-skills lessons through Mammoth Mountain Snowboard School, and three-day Park and Pipe camps

Breckenridge, Colorado
Burton Learn To Ride Program, Roxy Women’s Park & Pipe Snow Camp (February 10-11), Rocky Mountain Park & Pipe Camp (March 3-4)

Northstar-at-Tahoe, California
Northstar Resort Freestyle Team, Burton Learn To Ride Program, Freeride Sessions

Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C., Canada
Freestyle/Freeride Snowboard Camps, Burton Women’s Learn to Ride Camps, Roxy Women’s All Star Snowboard Camp

Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Loon Freestyle Progression Camps, Loon Snowboard Team, Loon Freeride Team, Loon Seasonal Freestyle Development Program, the Burton Learn to Ride Center

June Mountain, California
Park and pipe clinics at June Mountain Snowboard School

Bear Mountain, California
Burton Method Center, Burton Learn To Ride program, Burton Progression Park

Keystone, Colorado
Terrain-park-skills training at Snowboard Ride School

Winter Park, Colorado
Winter Park Snowboard Team