Best Terrain Park (2016)


Gap jumps, super pipes, step downs, rails and jibs – terrain parks are where skiers and snowboarders go to catch some air or practice new moves. USA TODAY 10Best editors teamed up with members of the U.S. Snowboarding Team to nominate North America's 20 best terrain parks, and then we turned things over to you! After four weeks of voting, the results are in!

  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort

    Seven Springs Mountain Resort
    Seven Springs, Penn.

    Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania offers an incredible 285 ridable acres of parks and pipes, including the only Olympic-sized half pipe on the East Coast. Everyone from first-time riders to pro-freestylers will find the perfect challenge.
    Photo courtesy of Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

  • Big White Ski Resort

    Big White Ski Resort
    Kelowna, B.C.

    The top-notch Telus Terrain Park at Big White Ski Resort attracts freestylers with its obstacles, boarder cross course, half pipe and superpipe spread across 50 acres of private, lift-accessed terrain.
    Photo courtesy of Big White Ski Resort

  • Northstar California Resort

    Northstar California Resort
    Truckee, Calif.

    Freestyle riders and skiers at Northstar California Resort in Lake Tahoe can choose between seven terrain parks and an 18-foot superpipe. Kids-only Ripperoo Riglet Park teaches 4- to 6-year-old riders the tricks of the trade, while the Burton Progression Park offers a comfortable environment for learning terrain park skills. Pinball is a great all-around option, while pros head to The Straits to show off beneath the main chair lift.
    Photo courtesy of Northstar California Resort

  • Copper Mountain

    Copper Mountain
    Copper Mountain, Colo.

    The parks and pipes at Copper Mountain put their focus on progression, allowing newbie freestylers to move from easy features to larger, more difficult ones. Features include a 22-foot superpipe, 13-foot half pipe, a jib park and two playground parks. The Woodward Copper training facility has an indoor area where riders and skiers can practice before hitting the snow.
    Photo courtesy of Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

  • Stratton Mountain Resort

    Stratton Mountain Resort
    Stratton, Vt.

    Home to the tallest peak in Southern Vermont, Stratton Mountain Resort is also one of the best resorts in the state for its terrain parks. There are four progression-focused parks to choose from, including a boardercross course and slopestyle course. A high-speed, six-person lift services all four parks, making it convenient to lap through the parks.
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Nancy Palmieri

  • Mount Snow

    Mount Snow
    West Dover, Vt.

    Central to several northeastern cities, Mount Snow in Vermont boasts eight different terrain parks, plus an 18-foot superpipe. Collectively known as the Carinthia Parks, this large swathe of freestyle terrain includes nearly 150 custom-made features. Inferno, the most advanced terrain park on Mount Snow, has hosted both a Winter X Games and Winter Dew Tour.
    Photo courtesy of Mount Snow

  • Keystone Resort

    Keystone Resort
    Keystone, Colo.

    A highlight for freestylers at Keystone Resort is the A51 Terrain Park, one of the biggest in the U.S. covering 60 acres with more than 100 features. A park-specific lift services A51, where riders and skiers can progress from beginner-friendly Easy Street to the intermediate areas of Park Lane, I-70 and The Alley, finishing in Main Street, where pros will find the park's largest jump line.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Whistler Blackcomb

    Whistler Blackcomb
    Whistler, B.C.

    Whistler Blackcomb has a combined total of 5 terrain parks spread across 99 acres. Highlights include a 22-foot superpipe, 40 jumps and more than 150 features, including 90 rails. A permanent boardercross course lets riders race their friends down the mountain.
    Photo courtesy of Brian Finestone

  • Loon Mountain Resort

    Loon Mountain Resort
    Lincoln, N.H.

    Loon Mountain Resort is home to New Hampshire's best terrain parks – six in total in addition to a minipipe and a superpipe. Top Secret Park, Riglet Park, Progression Park and Lil Stash all offer small features for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders, while Springboard Park offers medium features and signature Loon Mountain Park has medium and large features, including 50 jibs, several jump lines and a wall ride.
    Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain Resort

  • Breckenridge Ski Resort

    Breckenridge Ski Resort
    Breckenridge, Colo.

    Newbies and expert freestylers alike will find something to love amid Breckenridge Ski Resort's four terrain parks and 22-foot superpipe. The Freeway is for pros (and those who like to watch them), while Park Lane is a favorite among locals. Small jumps, rails and boxes make Highway 9 ideal for beginners, and even little ones can get in on the action at kids-only Trygve’s.
    Photo courtesy of Aaron Dodds/ Breckenridge Ski Resort

The top 10 winners in the category Best Terrain Park are as follows:

  1. Seven Springs Mountain Resort - Seven Springs, Penn.
  2. Big White Ski Resort - Kelowna, B.C.
  3. Northstar California Resort - Truckee, Calif.
  4. Copper Mountain - Copper Mountain, Colo.
  5. Stratton Mountain Resort - Stratton, Vt.
  6. Mount Snow - West Dover, Vt.
  7. Keystone Resort - Keystone, Colo.
  8. Whistler Blackcomb - Whistler, B.C.
  9. Loon Mountain Resort - Lincoln, N.H.
  10. Breckenridge Ski Resort - Breckenridge, Colo.

A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Greg Bretz and Elena Hight were chosen based on their extensive pro-snowboarding experience.

Additional nominees for Best Terrain Park included Bear Mountain, Boreal Mountain Resort, Buttermilk, June Mountain, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Park City Mountain Resort, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Snowmass, Vail and Winter Park Resort.

Congratulations to all of our winning terrain parks!

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