Terrain Parks: A spring skiing no-brainer

Terrain Parks: A spring skiing no-brainer

Spring skiing often times means sun, fun, and lots of soft snow! Whether you want to perfect your box skills or finally land that inverted trick, spring is the time to do it. Here’s a guide to the terrain parks in Summit County and the Vail Valley and what you might expect when you get to the top of the park this spring.

Home to Area 51, Keystone has one of Colorado’s largest parks. From a pro line with jumps as big as 85 feet, to a beginner area with rollers that just get you off the ground, Keystone has something for everyone. Take the Peru Express and you’ll end up right at the top.

Area 51 has a variety of terrain. A beginner area with small jumps and boxes will get your feet wet. Getting better? Head to the medium-sized jumps where you might catch some pros honing their skills. If you are an adrenaline junkie and like to fly over 60 feet, the expert-only jump line is the place for you. And if this wasn’t enough, there is still I-70, which is home to more rails and jib features. Although Keystone does have a half pipe, they are known for their jumps and rails.

All season long, the Freeway Terrain Park plays host to Olympic athletes, X-Games medalists and competitions like the Dew Tour. Breckenridge has built a reputation as one of the nations top terrain parks with insane features and jumps that will throw you into orbit.

Known for its massive Freeway terrain park, Breck has some impressive features as well as jumps and rails to get you started. With a park for beginners, Breckenridge offers a fun and chill environment if you are looking to land your first 360. Next to the main Freeway jumps, Breckenridge has a medium jump line and abundance of boxes and rails. In Freeway, you can hit all the jumps the pros are hitting- pro snowboarder Steve Fisher and freeski phenom Bobby Brown call Breckenridge home. Take Chair 5 and you’ll be dumped right at the top.

Breckenridge also has one of the best pipes in the Rocky Mountains. Cut fresh daily, the pipe is always in top shape and ready to be torn apart. If you are looking to progress this spring, make sure to check out Breckenridge and bring your A Game! Check out Breck1080 for more of the park scene.

Beaver Creek:
While not known for their park, Beaver Creek offers some fun features located all over the mountain. Starting at the top of the Cinch Express lift, beginners and riders of all levels can hit the Zoom Room and tear apart the features and smaller sized jumps. Work your way down Latigo over to the half pipe, then head to Rodeo, where you’ll find more difficult features and bigger jumps. The top-to-bottom layout of the park makes it unique.

Don’t expect to find the same type of riders at Beaver Creek as there are in Summit County- there’s a much more progressive feel at Beaver Creek, minus the tall tees. Don’t look past this park and expect for it only to get better!

Previously the host of the US Open and Honda Sessions, Vail is looking to get back on the map as one of Colorado’s top parks. Conveniently located at Golden Peak and next to a high-speed quad (Riva Bahn), you can spin laps on the jumps all day. They also have a rail section the flows better than most with features of all shapes and sizes. One of Vail’s most unique features, however, is the airbag.

Ever been scared to try that back flip? Practice on the airbag before landing on the snow. Vail is on the forefront of park progression and is always looking to add features to the park that provide a safe way to challenge yourself, and the airbag is no exception.

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