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The Summit at Snoqualmie
An hour's drive from Seattle, the Summit at Snoqualmie offers four mountains: Summit Central, Summit East, Summit West, and Alpental. Each has its own appeal, and all are open to snowboarders. The monster among them is Alpental, best suited to advanced and expert boarders and skiers with its 50-percent advanced terrain. In addition, the Summit at Snoqualmie has a new half-pipe and terrain park at Summit Central. At night, the Summit glows with lights for night skiing. Recent additions include two high-speed quad chairlifts and a rental shop featuring K2 snowboards.
Lake Louise, Alberta
Located in Banff National Park in Alberta, Lake Louise Ski Resort offers jumps and bumps and big air. Juniper Jungle, the new terrain park for adventurous skiers and boarders, features a half-pipe, tabletops, big-air jumps, berms, banked turns, spines, quarter-pipes, half-pipes, hips, rail slides, and fun boxes. Completed in February 2000, the park is the largest in North America. Snowboarders can ride an impressive vertical drop of 1,950 feet from the bottom of Summit Platter to the base of the park on the front side of Whitehorn Mountain.
Blackcomb offers all the challenge anyone could ask for. Riders can choose an intermediate or expert run through the park. On the expert side, expect monster tabletops and a couple of hips. On the intermediate side, you'll encounter loafs, tabletops, and spines of less intimidating size. Both parks have access to the World Cup pipe. A new beginner park/snowboard cross areadesigned to help rookies practice before they hit the bigger stuffcan be found at the top of the Catskinner chairlift.
Whistler, British Columbia
To welcome the new millenium, Whistler unveiled a radical new Nintendo Terrain Park. Situated both left and right of the Green Acres run, it has doubled the ridable area on that part of the mountain. The expert line, on the left side of the park, features several huge pro-style jumps. On the right or intermediate side, riders encounter more of a free-ride experience. Whistler's half-pipe at the top of the Emerald chair provides access to the park.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication