The Transworld Snowboarding Riders Poll is live, and we’d love it if our park-shredding friends (or their parents) could take a couple of minutes to drop in and vote for Snowmass and Buttermilk as your favorite terrain in the game. The hard-working terrain elves behind the scenes didn’t get into the snow sculpting business for recognition and accolades, but we’re going to give them some anyway, and we hope you’ll do the same.
Head on over to the poll and cast your vote for Snowmass and Buttermilk.
There’s a reason ESPN has chosen Buttermilk as the home of the X Games Aspen for more than a decade now. Aspen’s littlest mountain has some of our biggest features, including the legendary 560-foot long Superpipe, and a big-air jump that’s been the site of history-making trick innovation in both freeskiing and snowboarding.
Beyond what you’ve seen on TV, Buttermilk has a ton of variety, with more than 150 features spread across 90 acres (that’s over three linear miles!) of freestyle terrain. Start out at the S3 park on West Buttermilk’s Red’s Rover trail, home of 20 beginner-friendly rail features, and “true table” style jumps ranging from five to 15 feet in length.
Main Buttermilk offers an unbelievable range of features as you work your way down the series of connected parks. Little Teaser offers intermediate-sized rails and hip jumps, and a great zone for carving before crossing the bridge into Uncle Chuck’s Glade. Look for wood features in the aspen groves on the side of the run. It can be tough to choose between the smooth jump lines of Jacob’s Ladder versus the endless snake run of banks on the Midway trail, so you’ll just have to take an extra run, I guess. No matter which way you go, Buttermilk gets bigger as you head toward the bottom, so be ready for the Superpipe and Government Jump Line, where you’ll be riding the same terrain as your friends from the X Games.
Highlights of Buttermilk's Terrain Parks
Home of the X Games Aspen for 15 years straight
Two terrain parks boasting more than 150 features
560-foot long Superpipe
S3 Park: perfect for beginners with 20 easy-going rail features alone
At Snowmass, terrain park operations are centered around the Coney Glade Chair, home to three different levels of park riding, with Lowdown (beginner), Makaha (intermediate), and Snowmass (expert) parks all centered in the same area of the mountain. This creates an amazingly supportive and progressive vibe as new park riders can observe some of the strongest riders in the world as they ride up the lift to take another lap.
Keep an eye out for the young rippers from the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, as Snowmass is their training base for for the next generation of halfpipe and slope-style royalty. Park manager Yannick Rioux and company aren’t shy about expressing their creativity, or using the pipe cutter outside of the pipe, so be on the lookout for fun transition-style hits and alternative approaches to the more than 150 features sprinkled throughout the park. Be sure and check out the Snowmass Rail Plaza, home to the Bud Light Street Rail Friday series, where local and visiting rippers throw down their best stunts every Friday afternoon throughout the spring, hoping to walk away with their piece of a weekly $700 prize purse.
Highlights of Snowmass' Terrain Parks
3 different terrain parks, each geared to different ability levels
Lowdown Park: Gentle grade and several beginner jib features
Makaha Park: Ideal for intermediates with more than 25 features
Snowmass Park: More than 50 features for advanced riders including a 22-foot Superpipe
With more than 250 features spread out between 11 terrain parks on two of our four mountains, it’s easy to let the numbers do the talking. But be sure to go back and click the links sprinkled throughout this post for some tasty eye candy.
But first, head over to the Rider's Poll and vote for Buttermilk & Snowmass Terrain Parks.