Park City Mountain — Parks and pipes

Park City Mountain Resort has some long, nearly flat runs that snowboarders will want to avoid. The two worst ones are Jupiter Access and Thaynes Canyon, both of which are used primarily to reach other parts of the mountain. In particular, Jupiter Access road from the top of the Pioneer or Thaynes lifts is a long, flat traverse, so don’t lose your speed. You can avoid the worst traverses with advance planning. However, snowboarders have a bit of an advantage in Park City’s hike-to powder bowls, because they get to hike to the best stuff in soft boots.

The best all-around freeriding area is below Home Run between the Claim Jumper and Parley’s Park runs. Three lifts can get you there: Silverlode Hi-Speed Six-Pack, Motherlode Lift and Bonanza Hi-Speed Six-Pack. There are some good cuts through the trees, plenty of bumps and some wide smoothies good for kicking up the speed.

Parks and pipes
Both the Town Lift and the Payday Hi-Speed Six-Pack deposit you above the huge terrain park on Payday. The park has a sound system and is lit for night riding. You’ll also find a superpipe on Eagle, similar to the one used in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Three additional terrain parks spread out the tricksters on Pick N Shovel, Jonesy’s and the King’s Crown Superpark. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the Park City All-Star riders and skiers jibbing in the parks.Twice named “Terrain Park of the Year” by Transworld Snowboarding magazine,” new additions for the 2006-07 season are rails, funboxes and jumps.