Despite it being the middle of the summer, it is never too early to begin planning a snowboarding trip for when the snow finally begin to fall. Whether you enjoy freeriding in the fresh snow, carving fast down a well groomed mountain, or getting some elevation in the terrain park, there are some pretty amazing mountains here in the United States for all to enjoy. Here is a list of some of the best places to snowboard in the United States:
4) Mount Bachelor Ski Resort, Oregon
Mount Bachelor is situated on a sleeping volcano in Bend, Oregon. Chutes and gullies created by previous lava flows from long ago, give the terrain a shape and contour difficult to find on any other mountain. This mountain, with 3,683 acres of terrain, is well suited for advanced and expert boarders, but beginners and intermediate riders will be able to find their fair share of rideable terrain as well. This resort is perfect for both freeriders and terrain park lovers, offering both open, tree lined riding as well as a superpipe, quarterpipe, hips, tabletops, jumps and rails.
3) Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
Park City Mountain Resort is an amazing mountain located just 35 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. Park City offers over 3,300 acres of terrain and an average snowfall of 360 inches, making it a true snowboarding paradise. The resort hosted the 2002 Olympic Games, so there is no question it has challenges for even the most experience snowboarders. But do not let that deter you from visiting if you are less experienced, the mountain has trails for riders of all skill levels. Park City Mountain Resort is consistently ranked within the top 10 of family resorts in North America, meaning it is the perfect destination for the entire family, regardless of if they snowboard.
2) Squaw Valley, California
Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, is a state-of-the-art, snowboard-friendly resort and one of the best known resorts in the Tahoe area. Squaw Valley is a mountain village surrounded by six peaks and 4,000 acres of terrain which brings in an annual snowfall of 450 inches. You will find terrain perfect for all skill levels and styles, including steeps, trees, long chutes, and easy flats. With an average of 300 days of sunshine, Squaw Valley is a beautiful place to spend the day. But the night can be equally amazing, as the 3.2 mile long Mountain Run stays open until 9 p.m. allowing you to ride beneath the stars.
1) Mammoth Mountain, California
With a peak elevation of 11,053 feet and over 3,500 acres of terrain to explore, it is clear how Mammoth Mountain got its name. This mountain has an average of 400 inches of snowfall every year and lasts about 6-months, providing amazing snowboarding from November all the way up until June. Mammoth Mountain is home to a 600-foot-long and 22-foot-tall Super Duper Pipe along with a Mini Pipe and Superpipe, making it a must visit park for all extreme riders.