Board to Death!
Breckenridge Ski Resort
In the mid-1980s, Breckenridge distinguished itself as the first major resort to allow snowboarding in the United States. Since then it has acquired a Super Dragon 2000 that is used to carve half-pipes with 15-foot-high walls. The resort now offers bowls, chutes, glades, powder pitches, bumps, and jumps, along with mellow cruising zones. Breckenridge has more than 2,000 acres of prime Alpine terrain stretched over four mountains. That spaciousness, combined with some great site engineering, translate into some of the best boarding in the Rockies.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
800.544.8448 or 800.754.3733
A family-friendly resort in a historically authentic mining town, Crested Butte is the last great Colorado ski town. It boasts 1,160 acres of skiable terrain, from gorgeous cruisers and easygoing slopes to an awesome snowboard park. Blanket all this with 25 feet of snow each winter, and you get an ideal venue for hardened shredheads and wobbly tyros alike. Crested Butte added a new half-pipe in the 2000 season.
North America's only year-round ski area, 11,235-foot-high Mount Hood boasts the Ski Bowla snowboard park containing not only a boarder-cross but jumps, rail slides, and a humongous entrenched half-pipe. Race training takes place on Palmer and Zig Zag Glaciers, with free-riding on White River Glacier. Two express quad chairs and 2,500 feet of vertical makes Mount Hood attractive for any winter activity. Free-riders spend most of their time in the park's Lower Palmer area, or in the public park on the Magic Mile.
Opening in mid-October and closing sometime in June, Killington posts the longest season in the East. According to Snow Country magazine, Killington is the favorite resort of East Coast riders. It has the most novice terrain in the East; intermediates will find an endless variety of new and challenging trails; and advanced skiers and riders can test their mettle on the largest advanced complex in the east. For beginners, Killington's Learn to Ride program includes a three-hour clinic, rentals, and lift ticket for only $60.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe has long been a leader in the growth and development of snowboarding in the U.S. Snowboard Life magazine has rated Stowe the Number 1 place to ride in the East, offering great terrain for snowboarders of all ages and ability levels. Check out the Jungle, an incredible terrain park. The Stowe Snowboard School, one of the nation's top snowboarding instructional centers, is dedicated to providing fun and fast improvements for riders. Stowe's new Pipe Dragon Groomer enables the resort to shape and groom the half- and quarter-pipes to world-class standards.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication