This summer, Newschoolers teamed up with Transworld Snowboarding and Snow Park Technologies to rank and catalog the best terrain parks across North America. SPT sent out their team to conduct an analysis of the number and variety of features at terrain parks across North America. Meanwhile, we at Newschoolers set up a user poll to find out from the most opinionated park skiers on the planet (i.e. you guys) which parks skiers were most stoked on. Then we combined the results of both surveys to form the final rankings. We’re stoked to finally have the results for you, so without further ado, we give you the Top 5 Parks in The Midwest.
With tow ropes galore and weekly resets of their two really rad parks, Trollhaugen is the epitome of Midwest riding. Stoke is always high with snowboarders and skiers feeding off each other to get the creative juices flowing. Tow ropes make riding an absolute blast as you can get in hundreds of laps in a day if you can handle it.
2. Boyne Mountain
The past several years have been very kind to Boyne. Their park crew really stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park with creative hits and frequent resets. As one of Michigan’s first resorts to open every year, they are the go-to spot for early season shredding.
3. Spirit Mountain
"Spirit Mountain stands out in the midwest park scene with the rarities of speed and space. Wether it’s their three signature table top jumps with big arching knuckles, the best (and possibly only) halfpipe in the region, 100ft rail, or the seemingly never-sticky rails, it’s never a bad day at Spirit." - 1806
Home to legend Mike Hornbeck, “C-Burg” as some of the locals call it, has one of the cleanest park setups in the nation. The highlight of the park is the Monster City Park with features that are reminiscent of Seven Springs street park and provide a dope flair to the setup.
5. Chestnut Mountain
If you don’t know, now you know. Chestnut Mountain is a tru hidden gem in the Midwest park scene. Home to “The Big Nut Open”, one of the few, rad Midwest competitions, and a park that always has more than one way to hit a feature, there is good reason that it made its way into the Top 5.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Park Poll this year! Check back with us next week for the Top 5 East Coast.