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How good is the terrain at Buttermilk? In 2012, the resort won Best Terrain Park by Transworld Snowboarding Magazine for an unprecedented third year in a row. With the #1 superpipe — a 22-foot Zaugg-cut beast that features prominently in the ESPN Winter X Games — and dozens of jumps, logs and rails along its 2-mile length, the Buttermilk Main Park will keep you busy all day and then some.
Within the park are a handful of sub-parks geared to all levels. Here's a quick guide.
A. S3 Park (ski and snowboard school) – Located on Reds Rover Trail and accessed from the West Buttermilk Express lift, S3 consists of roughly 20 beginner- and intermediate-level features. There are several true table-top jumps ranging from 10 to 25 feet. The jibs include flat boxes, flat rails and a variety of shaped jibs (flat downs, bonks, rainbows and mini wall ride). This is a great park for entry- and low-level park riders, not visible from any lifts and out of the way with lots of room to breathe.
B. Teaser Park – Located on Teaser trail right off the top of the Summit Express lift, Teaser Park consists of roughly 10 intermediate and advanced features ranging from stock down rails and fun boxes to urban features. The urban line includes barrel bonks, propane tank, diamond-plate pyramid and more.
C. Chuck's Park – Located on Uncle Chuck's Glade — also off the Summit Express (and directly below Teaser Park) — Chuck's Park consists of more intermediate- and advanced-level features. There are approximately 15 features including hidden log jibs, flat boxes and rails, small-side hits and tree-, traffic-barrier, and barrel-bonks.
D. Jacob's Ladder Park – Located on Jacob's Ladder Trail accessed off of the Summit Express lift (and directly below/connected to Chuck's Park), this park has 12 advanced features including four jumps (ranging from roughly 20 to 35 feet), two hip jumps and up to six jibs including a recycled feature from the Team Shootout at Snowmass.
E. X Park – Located on Spruce and Government trails and accessed off of the Summit Express lift, this is the apex of Buttermilk's terrain. X Park consists of approximately 25 advanced and expert features and is home to the famous 22-foot Zaugg cut SUPERPIPE ranked best in the universe!!! The parks mentioned above, starting at Teaser, spill into this area providing a top-to-bottom park line totaling more than 2 miles in length! There are 10 top jumps ranging from approximately 45 to 70 feet, five in a row on the Government side and four on the Spruce side. There are also up to 15 jib features including the ESPN Winter X Games boxes and rails, street-style rails and a variety of bonks and boxes.
X park usually opens when Buttermilk opens for the season but shuts down for a little over one month after Christmas. It reopens following the Aspen/Snowmass Open. This closure is necessary due to the prep work needed to host the ESPN Winter X Games and the Aspen/Snowmass Open, which are held on the same course as X slope-style. Following these two events, the slope-style course is only slightly altered (gaps are filled in and takeoffs are merged from two options to one large take-off for each feature).
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