The best U-Tubes on the right side: the top five East Coast halfpipes.
1. Seven Springs, Pennsylvania
For the second year in a row, Seven Springs has proven that their brand of transition is the hands-down riders’ favorite on the East. Boasting both a halfpipe and Superpipe, Pennsylvania’s shred community has plenty of tranny to work with, allowing the locals to learn their tricks on the smaller walls before bringing them out for the show. The halfpipe itself is no slouch, though; at 275-feet long, with ten-foot walls, you could be hyped to just session those intermediate walls all season long. When’s it time to step it up, head over to the monstrous, 600-foot Superpipe. Cut three times a week, the now-famous mega-tube features eighteen-foot walls, a 57-foot lip range, and over 35 feet in flat-bottom width.
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2. Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Ontario, Canada
Not one, not two, but three pipes scatter the slopes of Ontario’s finest. Mount St. Louis offers a twelve-foot mini-pipe, a new, thirteen-foot Zaugg Progression Pipe, and “Oh, ya …” a full eighteen-foot Zaugg Superpipe. Bring your brain bucket to the transition sessions (all parks are helmet-mandatory at MSLM), and enjoy some of the best pipes in the Provinces.
3. Mount Snow, Vermont
Consistently the first pipe to open on the East, the transition birthplace of Kelly Clark continues to progress. At 425-feet long, with sixteen-to-eighteen-foot walls and a prime spectator location, the Mount Snow Superpipe has hosted both the Dew Tour and X Games. Plus, it’s cut with finesse by U.S. Open and X Games medalist Jason Evans, providing a worry-free flight plan for each and every drop.
4. Okemo, Vermont
Laser-guided cutting and an increased vertical pitch (from eleven degrees to sixteen) are just a few trademarks of Okemo’s massive Superpipe, making it one of the most reliable and progressive tubes on the East. As one of the region’s largest pipes (450-feet long, with 50-foot decks, and eighteen-foot walls), hike salvation can be found with The Pull—a dedicated T-bar ready to bring you from bottom to top, all day long.
5. Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
Loon Mountain maintains two pipes during the season, including New Hampshire’s only eighteen-foot Superpipe. Both are raked daily by the park staff, with the big guy getting the Zaugg treatment three to four times a week. The north/south orientation of the pipe is key; both walls enjoy even sun throughout the day, making for a more consistent and enjoyable ride for everyone who drops in.