Are you planning a snowboard trip this winter? If so, check out my Top 10 Most Underrated Resorts I've been to. Hidden gems in my opinion...in no particular order.
1. Jay Peak, VT
For whatever reason, Jay gets hammered with snow. Not sure if it's because it is in line with the Great Lakes or what but when it comes to riding pow on the east coast...it doesn't get much better!
2. Hunter Mountain, NY
I got the opportunity to ride here last year and was so surprised how many side hits there were and how fun the mountain was. If you can avoid the Joeys, Hunter Mountain is the side hit capital on the East.
3. Snowmass, CO
You might think..Snowmass? underrated...really??? Well, if you LOVE waiting in line....don't come here! I've never waited in a lift line for more than 5 minutes...even when X-Games is in town. Super fun riding...from groomers to the park.
4. Wolf Creek, CO
Located in southern Colorado, Wolf Creek gets hammered on! While everyone else is riding dust on crust in Summit County, Wolf Creek is putting up the inches!
5. Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho
Have you ever heard of Schweitzer Mountain? Yeah, me either...that is until last year when I got to shred this epic mountain! Insane views, nice people, good terrain and there's no one there. Sorry Schweitzer for blowing up your spot!
6. Dollar Mountain, Idaho
Tiny and kind of sits in the shadow of Sun Valley, but if you want to hot lap a park and hone your skills, there's no better place. The park is rad.
7. Happo One, Hakuba, Japan
I'm not sure if this is underrated or not but it's my favorite resort I've ever been to because of the shear amount of snow they get! I've had two separate trips there when I've ridden the deepest snow of my life. They have everything from ducking the ropes just outside of the park to tree laps to Alaska sized lines in the high country. Japan is also one of my favorite countries to visit. Would highly suggest making the journey!
8. Stevens Pass, WA
Has got it all! Super fun, steep resort with all the backcountry you could want right there. Ripping riders like Manuel Diaz have filmed a lot of his Absinthe parts right there on the mountain.
9. Big Boulder, PA
Not exactly underrated but when you think of the best park in the country, you would never ever think of Pennsylvania. Well, it's the best.
10. Hiking Lines in Iceland
Not a resort but you can see all the lines from the road and hike anything you want. Like...thousands of lines. Just drive around, park your ride and hike up! Double bonus, It's a quick and cheap trip from the east coast.