Past Places

New Smyrna Beach: Art & Artist Enclave (Fall 2016)

Charleston's Most Unique Low Country Dishes (Fall 2016)

Grab a Life Vest, Helmet, and a Paddle (Fall 2016)

Upcoming Exhibitions at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Fall 2016)

The Ultimate Staycay? A Homegrown Mediterranean Get-Away (Fall 2015)

Eight Uniquely Charlotte Experiences (Fall 2015)

Hitting the High Notes of Macon's Music Scene (Fall 2015)

Florida's North Peninsula (Fall 2015)

12 Reasons to Visit Huntsville, Alabama (Fall 2015)

Alabama's Captivating Capital (Fall 2014)

Exploring South Carolina Old 96 District (Spring 2014)

Weekend Getaway to Lake Charles, La. (Spring 2014)

Exploring Northwest Florida's Natural Side (Spring 2014)

Discovering the Lake Oconee Area (Fall 2013)

Cumberland Island National Seashore (Fall 2013)

The Best of Today's Waterpark Rides (Summer 2013)


Have a Southern Houseboat House Party (Spring 2013)

Take Flight: Yes, You CAN Get a Pilot’s License (Spring 2013)

Discovering Hollywood's Backlot (Fall 2012)

Color-Fall Tennessee (Fall 2012)

NASCAR 2012: Upcoming Events Around the South (Summer 2012)

RVacations (Summer 2012)

People Go Wild for Glamping (Summer 2012)

Best Beaches for Beach Bums (Summer 2012)

Heirloom Gardens (Spring 2012)

Unforgettable Experiences Await You at Select Registry Inns in the South (Winter 2011)

Golf with a Southern Drawl (Fall 2011)

Bring Rover on Over - Hotels That Want to Pamper Your Pooch (Fall 2011)

Cabana Mania! (Summer 2011)

Time to Plan for Summer Sleepaway Camps (Spring 2011)

He Said Golf, She Said Spa (Spring 2011)

Edu-Vacation Destination: Charleston, S.C. (Spring 2011)

Getting Your Adventure on in the Mountains (Spring 2011)

Freeze Action (Winter 2010)

No Ordinary Love (Winter 2010)

Spa Spectacular: The Natural Choice (Winter 2010)

Freestyle Mountain Adventures (Winter 2010)

Freestyle Mountain Adventures

Deep snow. Icy conditions. Winter storm. All these alerts that bring anxiety to everyday commuters and civil authorities can bring joy and excitement to those heading to the slopes for some winter adventure. Anyone who desires to speed down an icy white slope has a bit of daredevil in them. Beyond that, it takes an extra ounce of extreme attitude to barrel through a freestyle terrain park on a snowboard or pair of skis. Following the growing popularity of the X Games and other extreme winter sports, resorts along the east coast are opening up and expanding freestyle terrain parks where skiers and snowboarders can fly down a mountain by way of jibs, rails, bonks and boxes.

As terrain parks become more popular, resorts are finding ways to make them accessible and enjoyable for all ages and skill levels. Well designed parks have areas specifically designed for beginners to learn and practice their skills without interfering with more experienced riders going at faster speeds. These allow riders to start off slow and then progress at their own rate to safely enjoy the all the features available in the park.

Over the past decade, winter resorts have added terrain parks as a way to appeal to both traditional skiers and those who want to experience the thrill of performing jumps and tricks and going airborne. Many resorts in the Southeast have some type of terrain park. While some are new and just beginning to take off, others are of a size and contain features that rival the big parks and resorts in the West.

Appalachian Ski Mountain at Blowing Rock, North Carolina

"The App" is the largest terrain park in the east and has become a well-known destination that brings in riders from all over the country for some of its competitions. The App has three terrain parks to offer riders of all ages and skill their own place to practice their moves. Appalachian Ski Mountain is home to a Burton Progressive Park. This is a specially designed park that enables beginners to go through the course slowly and to see and practice how each feature works.

Snowshoe West Virginia

Snowshoe has three terrain parks covering 22 acres for freestyle skiing and riding. Robinson's Run at Silver Creek is an entire area devoted to beginners and those working to improve their skiing and riding skills. Snowshoe also offers two other parks with more advanced features.

Ober Gatlinburg Tennesee

Ober Gatlinburg Freestyle Terrain Park opened last year and has doubled the amount of features for the current season.

Cataloochee Ski Area at Maggie Valley, NC

The Cat Cage Terrain is a freestyle park for skiers and riders.

Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain, NC

Beech Mountain has two terrain parks. Powderbowl Terrain Park opened in 2009 and filled with features for more advanced riders. Meadows Terrain Park is dedicated to beginners.

Sugar Mountain, NC

One freestyle terrain park for skiers and riders.

Winterplace Resort, WV

Winterplace opened a new terrain park this season. Hickory is a larger park with more features. Panorama is the smaller park.

Massanutten Resort, VA

CMB Terrain Park has its own lift and is open to skis, snow boards and snowblades. Easy Street has smaller features for beginners.