Grom Terrain Parks
Kid’s terrain parks offer a gentle and unintimidating environment for beginners to feel comfortable and to build a solid freestyle foundation. Kids can see if freestyle skiing and riding is for them, and it’s a great place for anyone, not just the little ones, to build confidence.
Mount Snow is known for its terrain progression at Carinthia Parks and you can start out at Grommet, where the kids will find boxes, short rails, and small jumps. “You can ski or ride onto every feature with ease, because the features are so low to the ground and the lip of the jump meets the start of the rail. This makes it very easy to get onto a feature and learn what It feels like to slide on something other than snow,” Mount Snow’s Kelsey King told SnoCountry.com. An enclosed magic carpet makes it easy to lap all day regardless of weather.
Aspen Snowmass’ very own introduction park, Lowdown, consists of beginner and low-intermediate-level features, including a beginner halfpipe. Look forward to jib features (boxes and rails) and snow features from rollers up to small table top jumps (ranging in size from extra-small to medium). The run's gentle grade makes it easy to hike.
The Burton Progression Park at Loon features small, beginner-friendly jumps and jibs. “It’s a great place for kids to get comfortable around terrain park features, develop new skills, and learn terrain park etiquette.” Loon’s Greg Kawsnik told us. Kids also like to explore the Burton Lil’ Stash, featuring rollers, rails and logs, tucked in a mellow glade. As kids ride through the park, they’ll also discover fun animal carvings - including a life-size, jibbable carving of Babe the Blue Ox.
Mountain Creek hosts free coaching clinics for kids every Sunday, introducing the Twist Park to kids and parents alike who are looking to take their first steps into the world of park skiing and riding. The Twisted Kids Grommet Jam is an end of year competition, Mar. 10.
Hunter’s Empire Terrain Parks feature a beginner build on Boston Road in learning area Hunter East. “A major part of keeping this learning experience fun and exciting is offering beginner skiers and riders of all ages a comfortable terrain park to practice their freestyle skills on,” Hunter’s Daniel Kenney told us. A selection of small rails, boxes and rolling jumps are low to the ground so beginners do not need to jump on to the feature.
Sugarloaf’s Skybound is a great introductory terrain park for young rippers. It offers low-angle terrain off the Whifletree lift with smaller kid-friendly features.
Trollhaugen’s Kinderhaugen Riglet Park is set every weekend by the Snowsports School near the learning area. This beginner park is for kids ages of 3-5 and teaches balance and confidence on a variety of small terrain features, little snow bumps, boxes and rails.