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Local resorts have become home to some of the best terrain parks on the east coast and the country! There's something for all abilities and many areas now have Big Air Bags as well to safely try new tricks on.
• Attitash, Bartlett: The freeride movement remains a vital part of the culture at Attitash Mountain Resort (374-2368) and its terrain parks, from big hits to unique rails and jibs maintained and kept fresh by a dedicated park crew, remain a canvas for freeskiers and snowboarders wanting to hone their skills and style.
New for the 2012-2013, Attitash has relocated its larger terrain park to Bear Peak. The new Abenaki Park is situated on Lower Mythmaker and Kachina trails and can be accessed from the mid-station of Abenaki Quad. Leveraging the experience and expertise that has created Carinthia at Mount Snow, relocating and developing Abenaki Park is the next progressive step for Peak Resorts to utilize a crew of innovative park groomers and cutters and central fabrication shops to develop and maintain freestyle terrain areas and parks that are appropriate for each resort.
• Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods: Bretton Woods (278-3320) has four freestyle terrain parks to keep all skiers and riders entertained. The parks progress from small to large across the mountain (The Toy Box, The Midway, Wild West, Coos Caper), so that you can start small and work your way up. Also look for natural features hidden in the glades.
• Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway: Cranmore Mountain Resort (356-5544) has redesigned its five terrain parks by adding a more family-friendly focus for 2012-2013. The Parks, now themed with a Comic Book/Retro Movie motif, feature dramatic hand-painted elements with Roy Lichtenstein-like creations. The mountain is also opening its first skier/boarder cross.
“The bulk of people who are coming here to ride are beginners or intermediates — maybe one to five percent are advanced,” explains Ryan MacCallum, Cranmore’s terrain park supervisor. “The plan is to transition all park features to be 80 percent beginner-to-intermediate friendly, 20 percent advanced.” The resort believes that transitioning their parks, which used to offer more advanced to expert terrain features, will be more welcoming to families.
The parks include Matinee, a perfect spot for the ultimate beginner; the Double Feature Progression Park (Cranmore’s signature park, featuring a strong focus on progression — guests can find beginner and intermediate lines of jumps and jibs that mimic each other to continuously progress and take each park lap a step further); the Skier/Rider Cross; the Director's Cut (it offers the most advanced terrain, with medium sized jumps, and larger, more difficult elements); and the Reel (located just below Director’s Cut, skiers will find this area to be dedicated to intermediate and advanced featuresr those learning t).
• King Pine, East Madison: The Twisted Pine Terrain Park at King Pine (367-8896) features rails, boxes and jumps. Other elements are also spread throughout the mountain such as a 2x6 Spine-mounted Flat Rail" and a 8-foot Ride-on Fun Box
• Shawnee Peak, Bridgton, Maine: Over the years, what began simply as a snowcat-created halfpipe tucked at the bottom of the East Slope at Shawnee Peak (207-647-8444) has moved, morphed and grown into one of the mountain's signatures: its terrain park.
Progression never sleeps, that’s why they’re always at work to make its park the best it can be, so riders can be the best they can be — whether they’re working out their first box ride, or pushing it to the next level. This year, everyone can push it even further with the Peak's new BigAirBag.
Shawnee Peak also has a park in its learning area devoted to the up-and-coming rippers: Grommet Garden. This area contains gentle hits and park features that ease skiers and riders into the park experience safely — so they can build confidence to be ready for the “big time,” notes marketing director Rachael Wilkinson.
UPDATED BY TE 1-14-13