Alpine Meadows offers terrain that will be great for anyone skiing or snowboarding whether advanced or beginner.
Sherwood Bowl which is an advanced course, offers the feeling of roaming the otherwise, forbidden open snow outside the resort bounds even though you are still in the resort. This is some of the best powder offered in Lake Tahoe. There are multiple other options for experienced riders such as Sun and Big Bend Bowls, which are a close hike from Ward Peak, and they have steep faces and cornice drops which ensure high speed turns which lead to open terrain and areas with trees leading back the chairlift. The front side of the mountain also offers technical turns with drop offs and tight turns.
Intermediate skiing and snowboarding have many options at Alpine Meadows to. Covered on the front side of the mountain are groomed trails that are linked. Scott Ridge offers a long fast run down the mountain meeting up with East Creek, and ending with a cruise down to Hot Wheels Chair. On the back side of the mountain are perfect for long wide carving turns by the Lakeview Chair.
In front of the main lodge is all the beginner terrain. Alpine Meadows offers lessons for skiing and snowboarding from advanced riders in small groups.
Freestyle has not escaped the memory of Alpine Meadows. They offer 3 terrain parks; the beginner park mostly for kids, intermediate Kangaroo Ridge Park which has jumps, boxes, and rails, and then Shreadows, the advanced park which is for all the big air jumps, hips, boxes and rails. As well as the terrain parks, they have a well kept up halfpipe.
Mammoth Mountain, CA
June to November Mammoth Mountain is in full swing of the winter season, and one of the longest seasons in North America running from November to June. It is also known as the highest winter resort in California. Mammoth Mountain offers terrain for beginners – advanced skiing and snowboarding.
Panorama Gondola is great after heavy snowfall for steep open terrain located in Hangman’s Hollow and Upper Dry Creek. For some of the best tree riding for skiing and snowbording, explore around Chair 22.
For a long, groomed, and fast trail intermediate riders check out St. Anton trail, near chair 9. For more like St. Anton don’t forget Gold Hill and Quicksilver trails. The challenging steeper trails, Chair 14 for intermediates is on the backside of the mountain, and for the more experienced intermediates check out Cornice Bowl for off piste powder.
For beginners Mammoth Mountain offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages and skill levels and will learn around Chair 7 next to Canyon Lodge. Easy Rider green trail is great for the beginners once they have started to get the hang of things, with winds down and around the mountain that make it fun.
Freestyle skiing and snowboarding has its own place at Mammoth Mountain with 7 “Unbound” terrain parks and 3 halfpipes which cover over 90 acres. Each park is made to cater to different skill levels and has over 115 sized boxes, jumps, jobs, and rails. Winter Gravity Games is held at the Unbound Main Park which hosts other competitions throughout the season, as well. Mammouth opened a halfpipe in 2009 that measures 500+ feet long, 22 feet high, and 62 feet wide(Located in Unbound Main Park). With cutting-edge grooming and shaping equipment, all of the parks and pipes are maintained constantly and attentively.
Vail is the largest skiing and snowboarding resort in North America traveling a distance of 7 miles wide with 5,000 acres of terrain. On average there are only 2 people whom are skiing or snowboarding per acre, and 4 on a busy day. Vail has 3 unmistakable areas: The front side with 127 trails, the boundless 7 back bowls, and the Blue Sky Basin which is 645 acres of backcountry style.
An experienced snow rider’s dream has come true in Vail. Around the Highline Chairlift is double black terrain which will challenge even the most experienced riders to their limits. If you continue going left the steeper and more difficult the trails become. In the Sun Down Bowl is the Forever trail which is famed for its large moguls. Many of the other bowls and trails are steep and fast.
The entire front side of the mountain are carpet like trails perfect for intermediates, the Lionshead in particular is an awesome ride. The China Bowl’s Poppyfield’s has introduces piste powder for skiing and snowboarding. For GS turns the trails surrounding Game Creek Express Lift are the way to go.
Vail’s front side of the mountain catered to beginners by giving them options of beginner trails that link together unlike many others places which confine them to one area. Vail also offers classes with a world class instructor, no matter what your skill level is.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a paradise for the experienced snow rider. It is famed for it’s open bounds policy, expert natural terrain, and the deep dry powder. For those who enjoy extreme skiing and snowboarding this is the place to be. There aren’t many marked trails at Jackson Hole, just suggested routes and most of the terrain has not be groomed but left to it’s natural state. Rendezvous Mountain and Apres Vous Mountain are two interlinking mountains that make up the Jackson Hole Resort. Rendezvous Mountain is known for having the most extreme terrain in North America. With a continuous vertical rise of 4,139 feet the mountain has endless steeps, cliffs, tress, powder filled bowls, gullies, and chutes. Apres Vous Mountain is home to the intermediate trails which are groomed.
For advanced skiing and snowboarding head to Rendezvous Mountain. Once you get off the tram you can go to the right which will take you to the Rendezvous Bowl or left which will take you to the Corbet’s Couloir. Corbet’s Couloir is one of the steepest and most difficult chutes in North America. It is the ultimate adrenaline rush. People who are at expert levels in skiing and snowboarding should be attempting this chute and should expect narrow turns, deep powder, boulders, cliff drops, trees, and hidden natural obstacles. Rendezvous Bowl is not as narrow as Corbet’s Couloir but still is challenging. Snow Riders should expect chutes, cliff drops, and treed terrain. Between Rendezvous and Apres Vous Mountains there is a black diamond Casper Bowl which links between these mountains and is heavily treed.
Jackson Hole is the paradise for expert skiing and snowboarding but intermediates are also welcome here. Linking trails allow exploration of the mountain and most of these trails for intermediates are groomed, but not regularly. For improvement in skill and challenges for the intermediate rider Jackson Hole has constant steeps and terrain that will challenge skills. These trails offer a chance to learn how to ski or snowboard off a piste. When the wind starts kicking up the Saratoga Bowl stays suitable for capable intermediate riders.
Apres Vous Mountain’s lower slopes offer easier beginner trails that are awesome for learning. Jackson Hole also has classes run by professionals to teach you better skills.
Mt. Rose, Nevada
Mt. Rose has a variety of 60 trails ranging from double black diamond expert trails to rolling, winding groomed trails for beginners. The summit of Mt. Rose is 9,700 feet.
There is many steep mongol runs and piste descents going out all directions for the experienced skiing and snowboarding community. In 2004 the 16 double black diamond chutes opened up. You can expect it to be heavily trees and steep. Known to be the most challenging are Saddle, El Cap, and Jackpot. The moguls are located to the right of the Northwest Magnum Chairlift.
Intermediate skiing and snowboarding is what Mt. Rose comes first class in. It has many groomed and linking trails throughout the mountain. These trails are groomed regularly.
For beginners have seven gentle trails that are open to the right of the main lodge. Mt. Rose has classes group classes for beginners to which come as a package deal with lift ticket, equipment, and two hour lesson.
Aspen has four mountain resorts; Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands. Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are half way in between Aspen Mountain and Snowmass which are about 12 miles apart. Each mountain has it’s own ambience. The terrain ranges from advanced with steep fast mogul runs to easy beginner.
Aspen Mountain is for both advances and intermediate and for those who love moguls, this is where to indulge. As well as moguls, this is also for those snow riders who love to just cruise down the mountain on unbroken trails. At the tops of the ridges begins the steeper mogul runs that meet up with well groomed and wide trails.
Snowmass is fitting for all skill levels of skiing and snowboarding with terrain that ranges from tree lined trails, heavy treed terrain, steep moguls, and gentle beginner trails. High Alpine has the challenges that experienced skiing and snowboarding riders want with challenging chutes, tight tress, and secret powder stashes.