Bear Mountain, USA
Legend has it, Bear Mountain built the first ever terrain park for snowboarders way back in 1990.
Even today it’s known as being one of the best parks in the world. It offers more than 200 acres of shreddable terrain. On a good day, you can manage over 100 hits.
There’s jumps and jibs thrown in all over the mountain with set ups that change every day, making it one of the best places to shred on earth.
Nordkette Skyline Park, Innsbruck, Austria
The Nordkette Skyline park is unique for the fact that it is the only park in the world that can be described as an in-city (though not inner-city) snow park.
While the park offers a breathtaking view down over the Innsbruck city skyline, snowboarders don’t come for the views, they come for the steep thrills and a park design strongly influenced by skate.
There’s a superpipe, a number of kickers and one of the only quarterpipes in the central Alps here. All accompanied by floodlights, a 2,000 watt sound system, and a cool jib setup. What more do you need?source
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Complete with four parks, Breckenridge offers jumps, jibs, pipes and bonks for snowboarders of all abilities.
Beginners should head to the Bonanza and Trygve’s terrain parks. They are the perfect entry point into park life.
However, it is the Park Lane and Freeway advanced parks that have ensured Breck’s legendary status.
Get as creative as you’d like while picking your line, as it will be days before you manage to exhaust the numerous possibilities.
For the gung-ho and pros, Freeway’s 22-foot superpipe, sculpted jumps and rails provide the ultimate test.source
The Zillertal Valley, near Innsbruck, has always been one of Austria’s hottest snow spots.
Mayrhofen is the biggest draw, thanks to a world-class Vans Penken park that sits next to a super-fast four-man chair, which is serviced by the biggest shaping crew in Europe.
The six areas on the Vans Penken Park extend over an entire slope on the sunny side of the Penken Mountain.
Highlights include the massive rainbow box, a huge wallride at the end of the park, and the infamous multi-jib “Beastbox”.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
The park in Whistler is huge. Like really huge – with five action-packed terrain parks and a superpipe.
The Terrain Garden on Blackcomb is a good place for beginners, while those that seek a more adrenaline-filled ride usually head over to the Nintendo on Blackcomb, or the Habitat on Whistler Mountain.
Nintendo is Whistler/Blackcomb’s signature park and you’ll find medium to large features along the 3,480-foot run.
Add the resort’s famous laid back vibe and epic snowfall, you’ll understand why this is a place that every serious skier and snowboarder has to hit at some point in their life.
Laax is consistently acknowledged as one of the best places to ride park in Europe.
It’s hosted the Burton European Open, the Brits and the European Freeski Open. With four terrain parks and two halfpipes, there are an insane number of options depending on whether you’re beginner or expert.
The Curnius park has freestyle fun for all levels with plenty of rails, obstacles and boxes.
For the more experienced, hit the notorious NoName snowpark and drop into Europe’s largest halfpipe. Or maybe enjoy the chilled-out music, have a coffee (or a strong beer) and watch the show from Café NoName.
Either way, you’ll be stoked.source
Buttermilk, Colorado, USA
As host of the X-Games and three-time winner of Transworld Snowboarding Magazine’s Best Terrain Park, it’s not hard to see why Buttermilk is revered as iconic in the world of snowboarding.
Its number-one superpipe, a 22-foot Zaugg-cut beast that features prominently in the ESPN Winter X Games, is obviously famous.
However, it is the main park with dozens of jumps, logs and rails that stretch along its two-mile length, sub-geared to all levels, that will leave your head spinning.
Avoriaz is a veteran freestyle destination. They were the first French ski resort to build a terrain park, way back in 1993.
The Stash at Les Lindarets is it’s most famous feature. It is a Burton-sponsored jib-fest of tree trunks and natural obstacles, with three routes that cut through the forest.
With very few drag lifts, beginners start easily on the green line and progress rapidly to the jumps and ride-on boxes in Parkway and the airbag jump in La Chapelle, before moving on to the Stash’s runs or the superpipe.
Northstar, California, USA
Northstar is a favourite of two-time Olympic gold medallist snowboarder Shaun White – and you can see why
The terrain parks located on Lumberjack and Main Street are loaded with jumps, hips, rails, boxes and ledges.
Tucked in amongst the trees and protected from the wind are numerous park options, from the misty Stash runs, which incorporate the natural terrain features of the mountain, to the full-on fun of the Pinball park.
With endless trick possibilities, the popular Go-Pro feature and more than 45 jumps, boxes and obstacles, Northstar is now rightly established as one of the best terrain parks in the States, if not the world.
Park City, USA
Park by name and park by nature, Park City in Utah is one of the biggest and oldest freestyle parks in the United States.
When Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics back in 2002, Park City was home to the halfpipe event which saw Ross Powers take gold in the men’s event as well as Britain’s first ever snowboard representative in Lesley McKenna.
Park has three huge terrain parks that cater for riders of various levels, from the Ridge for beginners, up to the King’s Crown which has some absolutely huge kickers. Not for the faint hearted.
In between the two is the Three Kings Park and the Eagle Superpipe – 22ft of prime pipe action.
The world class facilities and easy location (it’s only half an hour from Salt Lake City Airport) make it a popular destination for some of the biggest names in the business with Dan Brisse and Torah Bright on the local pro team.
It’s also featured in many a snowboarding film, the massive kicker section in Art of Flight was filmed in the Three Kings park.