3 Great Resorts for Snowboarding

By Sarah Brodsky , last updated January 3, 2012

As you ponder where to snowboard this year, reading about the following three great resorts for snowboarding should help you narrow your choices. These resorts landed in the top ten in the TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Poll. The rave reviews they win from visitors are well deserved; each offers exceptional snowboarding plus the dining and lodging amenities you want for a fun vacation. Read on to learn more about these resorts, and check out their webcams to see their slopes and parks.

Mammoth Mountain

This California resort boasts three pipes, including one that's 22 feet tall. That's the same height as the pipes used in the X Games and the Winter Olympics. Not many places have pipes of that dimension, so snowboarders who intend to compete should get some practice in at Mammoth Mountain. Also available are the 12-foot Canyon Pipe, a good first pipe for beginners, and the 18-foot Super Pipe. Mammoth Mountain has opened a new Art Park, where you can view features painted especially for this resort. A few other parks of note here are Jibs Galore and X-Course, which is known for its rollers and jumps. On the resort side of things, the Mammoth Shop is well stocked with snowboarding gear. And when you'd like a break from the rails and boxes, the Yodler Restaurant has nachos, pizza, and wings waiting for you. Among the upscale dining options are Sushi Rei and the Lakefront Restaurant.

Breckenridge

Colorado's Breckenridge Resort, affectionately called Breck, was the first resort in Colorado to permit snowboarding on its grounds. Today it has multiple trails and runs reserved for snowboarders. Breck also offers five terrain parks. Trygyves is well suited to beginners, with its relatively easy jump line, box line, and rollers. Bonanza Park has similar features and is another good place for newcomers to practice. Sundown Park has a down rail, an up box, a flat box and a flat rail, and two jumps. This park is often used by intermediate snowboarders. Advanced snowboarders can push themselves to new performance levels in Park Lane or Freeway, which feature jumps, jibs, rails, and boxes. Freeway also includes a Super Pipe. Some must-see attractions of this resort are the historic shops, which sell items as diverse as handmade soaps and Navajo weavings, and the Breckenridge Brewery.

Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain in Utah offers snowboarders fun areas to explore. One is the Ridge, a mini park that contains small ride-on boxes and four baby jumps, as well as seven jibs. Another park to check out is Three Kings, which can be used by riders at different experience levels to hone their skills. And don't miss the Eagle Superpipe, a 22-foot half pipe that pros use for training. Park City Mountain runs a snowboarding school for adults and kids; adaptive lessons are available for people with disabilities. The resort offers plentiful dining options, ranging from the Summit House restaurant to the Legacy Cafe (famous for its pizza and hot pretzels) in Legacy Lodge. In the evening, enjoy a cozy sleigh ride to a gourmet meal at the mountain lodge.

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