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 in the Midwest:
Nestled in the woods of Dresser, Wisconsin, Trollhaugen has claimed the top spot of the Midwest poll for 2 years running & for good reason. Their 2 parks, Valhalla & The Summit Project which are both serviced by high speed tow ropes, offer what few other resorts in the Midwest could even think of putting up. Valhalla is a rail garden that you can literally lap a single feature over a hundred times in an hour if you can handle it. The Summit Project is the flow park on the other side of the resort that has thousands of line choices to pick from. In addition to full resets on the regular, you can always count on Troll to keep it fresh & interesting every time you go. Skol!
2. Boyne Highlands
Jumping into the top 5, Boyne Highlands from the mitten of Michigan offers 6 total parks; one of the most diverse in the Midwest. Weather can be a bitch sometimes but with 6 parks to pick from, you'll get over it. Late February to end of March is the money spot for riding here and be sure to check out the Transfer station that has a ton of wild features like an old snowmaking station.
3. Boyne Mountain
Dropping a spot to number 3, Boyne Mountain, also located in the upper part of the Mitten, stays in the top 5 because their mantra is that progression is key to establishing future riders. With a progression first mindset, features are setup for riders of all skills to have fun and move on from just doing lip on to getting those spicy lip on blind 2s with ease.
4. Spirit Mountain
The addition of Spirit’s rope tow was a huge bonus last season, it finally brought the fast-paced hot-lapping rope park chaos to the second largest ski area in Minnesota. Spirit also has the only halfpipe worth riding in the midwest as well as a jump line with four large hits by midwest standards. - John18061806
5. Chestnut Mountain
"Our park is never built on a computer," says Chestnut Mountain’s terrain park manager, Dave Geary. "Since I do all of the cat work, I usually just start pushing snow and get a feel for what feature would best fit the amount of snow and the location." You can bet on Chestnut having an opening day jump along with about dozen rail features. In addition, just like most of the other Midwest spots on this list, late January to February is when the park starts popping off.
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 North West terrain parks soon.