COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colorado: Can one resort have it all? Copper makes a strong case. Carve groomers, hop on the snowcat that accesses Tucker Mountain's wide-open bowls and chutes, or take a lap through the Catalyst Terrain Parkall in one morning. coppercolorado.com
Park & Pipe
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado: With a dedication to maintaining one of the best pipes in North America, Breck has established itself as a perennial favorite among the jibber crowd. This year, the resort adds a new park progression system on Peak 8. breckenridge.com
BRIGHTON, Utah: Easy access (it's an hour from the Salt Lake City airport), mellow crowds, and 500 inches of great snow annually are three good reasons to hit this resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. But it makes our must-go list because of its diversity, from three linked top-to-bottom terrain parks to sidecountry access with cliff drops and chute squeezes. brightonresort.com
NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE, California: Thanks to runs like The Stash, a top-to-bottom tree run, all-mountain freeriders can hone skills on natural jibs, bounce down a pillow line, or clear a road gap at this 2,490-acre resort near Truckee. northstarattahoe.com.
STRATTON MOUNTAIN, Vermont: This historic hill is home to snowboarding's marquee event, the U.S. Open, and served as the proving grounds for the first Burton snowboard. The reason on both counts? It's a boarder's paradise, thanks to few traverses and the best terrain park in the Northeast. stratton.com