The Best Snowboard Parks in North America?

by Fraser

On my way back from America I picked up a copy of Transworld Snowboarding at the Airport. Sure it’s a snowboard mag and therefore interesting, but I was attracted by their poll of the best parks, pipes and resorts in North America. So it turns out that from the 1700+ readers that voted, the best park in North America is Buttermilk, CO. Interesting. I’m not disputing it (how could I?), I’d just naively assumed that Whistler and Mammoth took the top spots. Maybe that’s the impression we have from over here?

I’ve only been to one North-American resort, and whilst I probably wouldn’t swap those two weeks in Fernie for any others I’ve had on snow, I didn’t get the chance to sample a park from across the pond. Something I’d like to do.

Here’s the top 10 from the Transworld poll:

  1. Buttermilk, CO
  2. Keystone, CO
  3. Mammoth Mountain, CA
  4. Snowmass, CO
  5. June Mountain, CA
  6. Bear Mountain, CA
  7. Whistler/Blackcomb, B.C.
  8. Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA
  9. Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA
  10. Park City, UT

Anyone been to any of these parks? Got a different idea of which is the best? (Incidently, Buttermilk was also voted as having the best pipe, and Snowmass is considered the best overall resort).

And what about Europe? It’s not like I’ve been to a good selection of the best parks, but recently I’ve been really impressed with the freestyle options that Avoriaz, France provides. They’ve got a bunch of parks for different abilities and the Stash is pretty sick…

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