Top 3 Terrain Parks In North Lake Tahoe
#1 Northstar At Tahoe: One of the best parts about Northstar’s terrain park is the fact that it is so long. You can hit rails, jumps, taps, wall-rides, hips, quarter pipes, and the half-pipe all in one smooth run. The park crew at Northstar does an excellent job at keeping the set-up fresh so that the park never gets old. They are always changing things and adding new unique features that are different from any other mountain. Northstar also offers a wide variety of difficulty in their features from the Burton Progression Park for beginners just learning to jib, to the DC straits where experts can test their skills on perfectly sculpted jumps and well-maintained rails. As a result, Northstar is truly a terrain park enthusiasts dream come true.
#2 Alpine Meadows: My favorite part about Alpine Meadows is definitely their jumps. The current terrain park manager really knows what he is doing when it comes to building perfectly manicured jumps. In my eyes, these are the best jumps in Tahoe because they have smooth take-offs and massive landings that you can take as big or as small as you please. The jibs at alpine are fun but don’t have as much variety as Northstar and are not changed as much either. The downside to Alpine is that they moved the terrain park away from the Kangaroo chair to a less optimal location and they don’t have a half-pipe. However, I still feel that Alpine has the second best park in North Lake Tahoe simply because their jumps are hard to beat.
#3 Boreal: Boreal is a smaller mountain but always has a really fun terrain park. There are multiple parks all over the mountain that feature a wide variety of jibs and a good range of jump sizes. One of the best parts about Boreal is their half-pipe. This pipe is my favorite in Tahoe, and even though I’m not a huge half-pipe skier, I still love dropping into Boreal’s because it’s so smooth. Boreal does a great job at opening up before any of the other resorts in Tahoe and always has a really fun pre-season set-up. Another thing that you may want to try at Boreal is their air-bag. This new features allows skiers and riders to try their new tricks safely before taking them to the snow. Although Boreal’s park runs are a little shorter so you don’t get as much variety as other resorts, they still have many good things to offer.