The Big Sky is often slept on; probably because most people don’t vacation in Montana. Let’s take a few lines to appreciate this blessing in disguise. If this towering 11,000-foot mountain were anywhere else, it’d be overcrowded. It offers three terrains, very quick lift lines and 40-50 degree descents with no trees.
Breckenridge, Colorado established itself as a gold mining town in the 1850s. Five terrains spread across 25 acres with runs for every type of snowboarder. Hit the local taverns for some cheap drinks and happy hours after crushing the slopes.
Jackson Hole is located in Wyoming and is enormous. It runs on two mountains, and over half of its trails are for extreme badasses. Bring her A-game when you go to Jackson Hole, it is not very forgiving. Jackson Hole is riddled with obstacles like roofs, trees, and tree trunks.
Mammoth (CA) is a lava dome located within the Sierra Nevada. Mammoth feels like a Disneyland for snowboarders. Mammoth holds three half-pipes, 100 acres, and nine terrain parks! Mammoth offers free transportation throughout the city; making it extremely easy to stumble back and forth between the slopes and town life.
Northstar rests on the California side of Lake Tahoe. It’s a pretty light ski and a great resort. It is the perfect place to polish your skills if you’re a novice in the game.
Packed with 114 trails and 3,300 acres of skiing; you’ll be hard pressed not to be impressed with Park City. This shredder’s Graceland holds a superpipe and three terrain parks. This place is so gnarly, and it was featured in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games! The park opens up for night boarding from December 25 to March 25.
Get this; Snowbird gets bombarded with snow. It sees more than 40 feet of snow a year! This is nature’s way of saying “Oh yea, come shred here.” Skiing Magazine named Alta-Snowbird the best ski resort in the country in from 2003-2005.
Squaw Valley was featured in the 1960s Olympics, making this a legendary place to hit the slopes. The valley is known to be one of the hardest resorts in the land.
Stratton is credited as snowboarding’s birthplace; in 1983 it was the first resort to allow it. Since its groundbreaking embracement, it has built four terrain parks and annually hosts the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships.
Vail has the persona for the lavish folks. However, it is still a very raw and beautiful place to board. The runs are pure, the terrain park is freaking huge, and it offers three half-pipes with twelve runs! There are over 3,000 acres of bowls behind the mountain with fresh powder.