Best Snowboarding Destinations in the US

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The US is chock full of amazing snowboarding destinations. If you’re looking to ride in knee-deep powder, down unbelievable steeps, or spend hours in terrain parks, we’ve put together the list for you!

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you’re looking for a challenging ride, Jackson Hole is your place. 50% of the terrain is rated as advanced and speckled with long chutes, trees and challenging verticals. This resort spans two mountains with an additional 3,000 acres of backcountry terrain. If you’re looking for some prime freestyle riding, Jackson Hole is home to the Burton Stash terrain park. You won’t find manmade pipes in this park, but you will find playful obstacles such as roofs and trees.

Mt. Baker, Washington

This is where the snow is! The total snowfall for January-April 2016 was 304 inches! This powdery heaven is suited for riders of all abilities. 24% of the terrain is rated as easy, 45% intermediate, and 31% advanced. The open boundary policy is a backcountry boarder’s dream. Forget the lines as well. The resort spans two mountains and is located 20 miles from the nearest town of approximately 300 people. Fewer people means more powder and untouched lines for you!

Mammoth Mountain, California

If you’re looking for terrain parks, you’ve just found nine. NINE! The Super Duper Pipe is a whopping 22 feet tall and 600 feet long. If this is a bit intimidating, have no fear, the Super Pipe or Mini Pipe will probably fit your needs. The 3,500 shredable acres cater to beginner to expert riders, and offer numerous bowls, groomers and trees. If you’re really looking for a hair-raising ride, try out the infamous Hangman’s Hollow, a gnarly chute bordered by unforgiving rocks.

Vail, Colorado

Look past the celebrities, the heated sidewalks, and ridiculously expensive town—there are over 5,000 acres of ridable terrain! The resort includes a park that has three halfpipes. Regardless of the lift lines, the resort is so big that you can always find some privacy and usually some untouched lines to shred. The bowls on the back of the mountain are what a rider’s dreams are made of. Vail also has one of the most welcoming attitudes toward snowboarders you can find in the states.

Snowbird, Utah

Steep terrain is the name of the game at Snowbird, located just 30 miles from Salt Lake City. If you’re an experienced rider, this is your home. Novices be warned, this may not be the place for you. The gullies, chutes, bowls and trees are frequently filled in with perfect, dry powder and are steep. It’s easy to find fresh lines all over the mountain. With the closeness of Salt Lake City, nightlife and culture are easily accessible.

Park City, Utah

This may be one of the most famous resorts in the US, and for good reason—it hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. There’s amazing terrain, tons of parks to ride in, and a fantastic town. It’s everything you could want in a snowboarding excursion. Park City features 100 trails on a well-mapped 3,300 acres. The resort’s atmosphere somehow caters to the competitive rider as well as the rider with his or her family in tow. If you need to get your foodie fix at the end of an epic day of riding, Park City is bursting with culinary options to satiate any taste buds.

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

Chutes plus gullies plus wind make for one of the most unique riding experiences in North America. Wind-lips dot the mountain to make natural terrain parks. This is seldom found elsewhere. The weather system is one of a kind as well. You can almost bet on a couple of inches of fresh snow every day and a weekly mammoth storm. In case the natural terrain parks don’t fit your needs, have no worry, the mountain is home to seven parks and pipes.

Do you have any other snowboarding destinations in the US that you think should have made the list? Comment here and let us know why!

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