Master show-stopping stunts at these 11 awesome terrain parks
If zipping downhill on the bunny slopes seems too tame, try tricking on the terrain parks!
Lucky for you, each of West Virginia’s ski resorts has a terrain park for skiers and snowboarders of any skill level.
So suit up, fasten your helmet and get ready to catch some air!
1. Timberline Four Seasons Resort
2 terrain parks in Davis, WV
One of the top 4 glade skiing areas in the East, Timberline’s high elevation and varied terrain make it a mecca for skiers and snowboarders. They have 2 terrain parks to choose from, including a new 750-foot park for the 2016 season. Freestyle fanatics will be impressed with the new addition, which boasts big jumps and lot of room for flow.
If you’re up for a lengthy journey after hitting the 30-, 40- and 50-foot jumps, ride the resort’s 2-mile long Salamander Run, the longest trail in the Southeast.
2. Oglebay Resort
1 terrain park in Wheeling, WV
Looking to get your toes wet and catch some modest air? Oglebay is the perfect place to define your freestyle form. Small but mighty, Oglebay’s terrain park offers rails and box features of varying sizes, perfect for an eager beginner. Plus, exciting snow-made jumps for intermediate-to-advanced riders.
3. Snowshoe Mountain Resort,
5 terrain parks in Snowshoe, WV
If you have Olympic ambitions or maybe just a daredevil spirit, the new Evolution Park at Snowshoe Mountain Resort is the spot for you this season. Highly anticipated for its length and flow, this world-class park lets freestylers hone their tricks, spins, posture, speed and smoothness.
Snowshoe also has Progression Session Park, which has small and medium features that are friendly for both novice and intermediate riders. Their Silver Creek area boasts 3 more terrain parks, including the Mountaineer, where you can take your turn on a rail and showcase your skills to onlookers.
Put your trickin’ to the test during the Progression Session Jams: noncompetitive, jam-style sessions that link you up with coaches to help take your skills to the next level.
4. Winterplace Ski Resort
2 terrain parks in Ghent, WV
Low risk and big thrills are the name of the game at Winterplace Ski Resort’s 2 terrain parks, which specialize in beginner or intermediate features. The resort was named “Best place to learn” by Blue Ridge Outdoors, so if you’re hoping to spice up your time on the slopes, try private terrain park lessons.
If you’re already confident in your skills, the jumps and rails create the perfect combination, or hit the 6-foot T-box.
5. Canaan Valley Resort
1 terrain park in Davis, WV
The terrain park at Canaan Valley Resort is right in the heart of the action. The park’s box and rail inventory get switched up throughout the season to stay fresh. Interchanging features include a C-box, flat box, 25-foot flat rail, 20-foot step-down jumps and more.
Canaan’s Rail Jam Series throughout the season gives freestyle competitors a chance to flaunt their flow. Keep an eye on the event calendar for upcoming dates!
If you’re nervous about your first terrain park trick, you can get private freestyle lessons at all of the ski resorts.
Don’t forget your helmet, a good attitude, and most importantly: have fun!