Best places to go snowboarding in America
Crested Butte is fun for the whole family. Although more than half of the mountain’s 1,547 acres of terrain are for advanced riders only, those new to the snow sport can spend their time cruising down the groomed runs from the top of Paradise Express Lift, practicing at one of the three terrain parks complete with boxes, rails and jibs, or exploring Crested Butte via zipline, snowshoes or snowbike.
If you’re new to snowboarding, Jackson Hole is probably not the best place to vacation. For expert riders, however, it’s a magical wonderland with 90 percent of the trails suited for intermediate and advanced snowboarders. Expect 2,500 acres of in-bound terrain with a whopping 4,139-foot vertical drop and, as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a halfpipe and two terrain parks to play on.
3395 Cody Lane Teton Village, WY, 83025, (307) 733-2292Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dion Hinchcliffe
For more than 60 years now, snowboarders from all over have been flocking to Taos. The snowy northern New Mexico resort—replete with over 110 trails and a freestyle terrain park—sees an average of 305 inches of snowfall and more than 300 sunshine-filled days every year. About half of Taos’ terrain is for the adrenaline junkies who crave a challenge like the Kachina Peak (12,481 feet), which, thanks to a recent renovation, is now accessible through a chairlift—no hiking required. The resort’s renovation also features the debut of The Blake, an 80-room alpine hotel complete with dining and a spa.
116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM, 87525, (800) 776-1111
Sun Valley lures in snowboarders from around the country with not just one mountain but two sunshine-drenched ones. Beginners can swoosh down the smooth, open runs of Dollar Mountain or have fun at the terrain park complete with 76 trails and a 22-foot high superpipe (the largest in the Northwest!). Meanwhile, Bald Mountain has everything advanced riders crave, including groomers, glades and a dramatic 3,400-foot drop.
1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley, ID, 83353, (888) 490-5950
Located right on the border of California and Nevada, the dreamy Heavenly Ski Resort offers a view of the dazzling cobalt-waters of Lake Tahoe that just can’t be beat. Expect 97 trails and two terrain parks that cater to a range of skill levels. Beginners can practice their tricks at Groove Park, while experienced riders looking for a challenge can find it at High Roller Park.
4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150, (775) 586-7000