Darker goggle lenses, slushier landings, it’s time we talked about the top 5 European snow parks to hit this spring...
A popular training ground for many of Europe’s emerging pros, the Penken Park offers a renowned kicker line, as well as a hefty collection of rails and boxes. You can run laps in quick succession in this park thanks to the 4 person Sun Jet chair lift hauling you directly over the park. You’ll find a much broader range of kicker lengths here these days, as well as the potential for additional jib features being installed later in the season.
Burton have created several Stashes throughout the world, from California's North Star, to New Zealand’s Remarkables. By blending backcountry and freestyle, they produce a run that is littered with fun natural hits. From log made rainbows and A-Frame jibs, to roof rides, balcony drops and kickers. The Burton Stash in Avoriaz has been serving as Europe’s first giant ecological snow park for over a decade.
Running for 20 years, Absolut Park boasts its own pro team of riders, as well as a Youtube series called The Absolut Goodlife. This park is pretty expansive and offers several lines of kickers, jib hits, rails and a pipe. Absolut Park is also home to a ‘mini Stash’, a smaller setup of fun hits made from logs, trees and cabin hits. This diverse park offering could make Flachauwinkl a preferred choice for some spring time park shredding.
Arguably the most pristine snow park in Europe, there’s no wonder Laax plays host to a roster of big-ticket snowboard events from the European Open, to the Brits. Come spring when the chance of bluebird is high and the kicker landings soft, expect to slice through some of the cleanest park lines in the business – and don't forget there's also the No Name Park here too.
For a long time, this park has been building some of the most creative park obstacles in the game. Plenty of big time photo shoots go down here with features built specifically for that purpose. Expect crisp, impeccably maintained park hits and look out for special obstacles being thrown in come spring – this year boasts a multi-jib stair feature sponsored by GoPro.
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