Top 3 Mountains to Snowboard in the USA

- February 10, 2011

This is a guest post by Rory Alexander, an integral member of the Eternal Snow team. EternalSnow.com offers a wide variety of snowboarding gear, such as snowboard boots, snowboards, gloves, outerwear, and helmets.

You’re planning a snowboard trip, but can’t decide where to go? Here’s my Top 3 Snowboard Resorts in the USA.

First off, I won’t include some of the incredible resorts located around the globe simply because we’re focusing on the USA. These resorts are not listed in any order other than distance from me. I’m not going to call any a favorite, other than what I ride most. But, from my travels, from other’s input, and from just overall feel, these are the three resorts you MUST snowboard, given the opportunity.

Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe, California

So, I bring you #1 – Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe, California. Yes, I’m biased, Alpine is basically a “local” mountain for me, and sees my snowboard many times a year. It’s a fun mountain that remains slightly off the beaten path. One main attraction of Alpine in my eyes, aside from the terrain, soft snow, and super friendly staff, is the fact that it’s a less popular mountain. The lift lines you find at more popular Tahoe area resorts including Northstar, Heavenly, and Squaw aren’t an issue at Alpine. Less time in line means more time to ride, and I’m a fan of that.

If you’re thinking of heading to the Tahoe area for a shred trip, don’t overlook the little guys. I won’t argue with hitting up the larger, packed resorts, we all have to do it at some point in our lives, but to fit in more runs, and therefore more time on mountain, give some of Tahoe’s smaller mountains like Alpine a shot. Alpine’s not much smaller than the more popular mountains when it comes to trails or lifts – at least what you can ride in a day or two, and they’re parks are filled with well thought out rails and boxes to keep any park slayer happy. Alpine’s backcountry offering is also right at the top – steep tight tree runs, cliff drops, and snow for days.

Basically, in my eyes, Alpine is more fun for your money than other Tahoe resorts.

Park City Mountain resort, Utah

Number two resort to snowboard is a big one – Park City Mountain Resort, Utah. Home of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Park City is a killer mountain with acres and acres of, well, snow. Utah’s snow is notoriously light and fluffy, making the experience of riding Park City one to remember for a lifetime. Possibly the best snow I’ve ever ridden, and one of the best mountains I’ve had the pleasure of slashing. I’m pretty sure that after riding Park City every possible day of a season straight through, you still wouldn’t be bored of the mountain’s features. There’s just so many trails, so many different lines, and so many people to dodge, every run feels like the first.

Park City is situated in western Utah roughly 30 miles from Salt Lake City, so there’s tons of affordable lodging nearby making a trip to PC easy on the pocket book. And, because of its location, Park City sees a ton of soft, dry snow every year, and with over a hundred maintained runs and tons of backcountry riding available, there’s really no better mountain in the area.

Breckenridge, Colorado

To finish off the top three USA resorts to snowboard, we’re going to take a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. As one of the stops on the 2010-2011 Winter Dew Tour, Breckenridge is a massive mountain located west of Denver in a town called, well, Breckenridge. With thousands of acres on the mountain, dozens of lifts and over 150 runs, there’s a whole lot to ride. Breck boasts six terrain parks for all your jumping and jibbing pleasures, designed and ridden by some of the best park builders, and shreds in the world. Breck’s snowboard team includes heavy hitters like JJ Thomas, Steve Fisher, Ryan Thompson, and Chanelle Sladics, so you know they have features that are big enough for anybody.

The small town of Breckenridge is a little ski and snowboard town – the people who live there seem to all be snow bums, everyone rides or skis, and all enjoy meeting new people. Basically, I think Breckenridge offers one of the best all-around experiences of any mountain out there.

So, there you have it, the Top 3 Mountains in the USA to Snowboard. Get out there, there or there, and ride!

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