25. Mt. Snow, Vermont

Mount Snow has a history of hosting top snowboarding events, including the 2001 ESPN Winter X-Games February 1¿4. Last year’s event at Mount Snow shattered spectator records for all other Winter X-Games combined with 83,500 people in attendance. The resort also created the first Eastern snowboard park in 1992.

A majority of Mount Snow’s terrain is intermediate. Everything is easily accessible: most of the pipes and parks are in the same area with direct lift access. The resort features four parks and two pipes, including a PalmerCross park. Mount Snow is very progressive and flexible in developing its artificial terrain, which is always being adapted to fit the riders’ needs.

Mount Snow claims the most tree terrain in Southern Vermont¿twelve black-diamond areas that are easily accessible in between the trails. The resort offers a lot of variety for freeriding; you can hit bumps, trees, parks, and cruisers in a couple of runs.

While not known for steep terrain, the resort does have a few notable trails on the North Face¿including Ripcord, one of the steepest trails in the East. Another bonus is that Mount Snow doesn’t have a lot of flats.

The resort is a fun place to go with friends or to make new ones¿Mount Snow has a real sense of community and caters to the hardcore riders as well as mom and pop. The bars are usually packed to the walls, so try to get a table early.

Mount Snow sponsors a team of pro riders who train at the resort but can usually be found traveling, competing, and freeriding all over the country, including world-class boardercross racer and local hero Jason Evans.

Tip: Ask one of the SnoForce Team Pros about the secret stashes.