A snowboarder gets air on a jump at the Woodward at Cooper terrain park on the opening day at Copper Mountain ski area in 2011. Woodward serves as a slick training ground for skiers and snowboarders who want to hone their high-flying tricks. ?
Buffs on snow

The CU Snowboard Team is a competitive Club Sport that shreds all over.

CU’s Freestyle Ski Team is also part of Club Sports.

Not competitive, but love to ski and ride? Boulder Freeride , the ski and snowboard club, is the largest student group on campus. Boom — Buffs love snow. .

Dropping a knee isn’t new — in fact, it’s the oldest form of downhill skiing — but the Boulder Telemark Club is new, as of last year.

W hat better way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning than rolling through the terrain park with your homies, looking steezy and feeling fresh as you jib and jump after last year’s dismal snowfall.

Let’s not go back to that un-snowy place.

You might be tempted to pile up snow in the backyard of your rental on the Hill, climb up to the roof and jump your heart out. That’s fine when you can’t make it to the slopes, though probably not fine with your landlord. Instead, head to one of these tried and true terrain parks for your winter adrenaline rush this season.


Keystone’s Area 51 is the place to be seen — literally, you can watch who’s jibbing or jumping and whatnot below as you ride the lift that services the park.

The A51 lift makes for shorter lap times between runs on the rails, which the park’s crew changes up on a regular basis. It’s easy to spend a whole season here.



Want to push yourself to go harder, bigger and faster than ever before?

Head indoors to Woodward at Copper’s Barn to learn and try new tricks in relative safety, with trampolines and foam pits. There are several ways to do Woodward, from day-long camps to drop-in solo sessions, starting at around $30.

After an indoor sesh, you can head outside to one of Copper’s five terrain parks, which includes a 22-foot superpipe and plenty of jumps, rails, boxes and wall rides.



For the third year in a row, Buttermilk was named the best terrain park in North America by Transworld Snowboarding magazine.

Buttermilk is home for the Winter X Games again this year, and its 100 features won’t disappoint.

Knowing that Olympians and snowsport legends have shredded the 22-foot superpipe makes it all the more awesome. If you’re new to terrain, visit Panda Pipe and Ski & Snowboard Schools Park.

This year’s X Games run January 24-27, so the semester workload shouldn’t be heavy yet. Pick up the College X Pass to ski or ride during the competition. Two days costs you $82.


Arapahoe Basin

The Basin isn’t off the beaten path, but its smaller size and hardcore mentality tends to draw smaller crowds, especially on weekdays.

If you’re looking for plenty of room to fall on your bum or shred at your own pace without huge crowds, the Basin’s Treeline and High Divide terrain parks are totes your jam.

Plus, Treeline takes the cake as the highest terrain park in North America, so that’s pretty sweet.



Steamboat turns the big five-oh this year, so give the old lady some love and head north and west.

Sure, it’s off the beaten path, but Steamboat Springs (the town) is filled to the brim with local charm — and home-cooked eateries. Yum.

The Mavericks terrain park has its own chairlift and spreads across 14 acres. And the outdoor music system for the 450-foot superpipe makes for some tuned-in riding.

Plus, you can start small at the Lil’ Rodeo Park, before moving on to Rabbit Ears, the intermediate park at Steamboat.


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