This summer, Newschoolers teamed up yet again with Snow Park Technologies to create a comprehensive ranking of the best terrain parks across North America. Our list is decided using a 50/50 split between SPT data and our Park Poll results. SPT sent a consulting team to analyse the number and variety of features across North America’s terrain parks. Meanwhile, we at Newschoolers asked you guys to tell us which parks you were most stoked on via our user poll. We then combined the results of the two surveys to form the final rankings, fit for Newschoolers’ own discerning park skiers. For more info on how the poll is compiled, click here. Without, further ado, the resorts that came out in the top five on the East Coast:
1. Mount Snow
With its black painted rails and beautifully maintained jumps, Carinthia at Mt. Snow is arguably the most iconic terrain park on the East Coast. The park is behemoth by any standard, spanning several different trails all littered with features, and serviced by two dedicated chairlifts. A staple location in the ski scene since the beginning, Carinthia has been featured in countless classic east coast edits from the likes of Dale Talkington, Ian Compton, Lupe Hagearty, and the Traveling Circus. It should be no surprise that this Southern Vermont park tops the East Coast Park Poll.
2. Big Boulder
Big Boulder, located in eastern Pennsylvania, is far from the biggest of ski hills on the East Coast. But what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in the parks department, building features attractive enough to bring STEPT Productions to town a few years ago. Sean Jordan cut his teeth skiing Big Boulder and later returned to his home mountain to host the Sean Jordan Invitational. Their commitment to the park scene is certainly rewarded with recognition in this year's Park Poll (and side note, the lodge at the base of the park is an all-time place to chill).
Loon's park has long been an OG Newschoolers favorite and a haven for ski events, having hosted the infamous 382 Battle My Crew events, and more recently The Newschoolers Gathering. Loon's location in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is just a two and a half hour drive from Boston, making it one of the most easily accessible parks in the Northeast. If you're looking for well-manicured step down jumps, Loon's park is the place for you.
Despite ranking as one of the top 10 resorts by skier visits in the United States, Okemo is relatively slept on as a hot spot for park skiing. Like Loon, it's easily accessible from Boston as well as New York City. With top to bottom park laps and a dedicated scene of local park skiers, Okemo certainly wasn't overlooked in this year's Park Poll.
5. Sunday River
Sunday River is no stranger to terrain park fame, having hosted some of the east coast's most memorable events - Heat Harvest, the Dumont Cup, and Simon Dumont's world record quarterpipe air. While their park scene has evolved in recent years, including a move to new trails on North Peak, this Maine resort remains in the mix for some of the best park skiing on the East Coast.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Park Poll this year as well as SPT for all their work! Look out for our release of the Top 5 Midwest and Top 5 North West terrain parks soon.