The ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb is home to the Nintendo Terrain Parks, offering 200+ features from rails and endless tables and boxes to all-size jumps, hips and Pipes. The crew do a good and frequent job of shaping and grooming the park. Whether you are a newcomer or an old hand at freestyle you will find something good in one of Whistler’s five parks. Add in a Superpipe and Boarder Cross track and Whistler is paradise for any fan of freestyle.
In the middle of both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains, covering over 99 acres is the Nintendo Terrain Parks (3 on Blackcomb, 2 on Whistler). The parks are spread out between the two mountains. And connected by the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, taken around 11 minutes to reach from one side to the other when there are no ques.
The School Yard Snow Park, on Whistler Mountain
As part of Whistler’s Family Certified Zone, the School Yard terrain park is located in the Learning Area on Whistler Mountain. It is a great place for little or beginner skiers and snowboards to start their freestyle career and learn the necessary skills needed to progress to the next level of terrain park.
Big Easy Terrain Garden, on Blackcomb Mountain
Whistler’s Park for beginners, Big easy also known as the Terrain Garden features small rails, rollers and mini-hits. Designed for beginners who want to get some air, but stick close to the ground in the process, it’s also suitable for children into freestyle. Groomed nightly the park is a perfect place to start and get familiar with the park features. The park is also family-certified, which means it is perfect for parents to watch their kids while having fun themselves.
Length: 3,116 ft
Location: the park can be reached off Easy Out Lift on Blackcomb Mountain on the Big Easy run
Nintendo Habitat Snow Park on Whistler Mountain
There is a beginner to intermediate section (S-M) and an intermediate to advanced section (M-L). Both parks contain features inspired by nature including tree jibs, bonks as well as rails and snow jump features. Habitat is also known as Whistler Park. With three separate lines each with various sized features: Cougar (S), Chipmunk (S, M), and Bobcat (M). Cougar features the smallest jumps and boxes and is built with beginners in mind. Chipmunk steps it up with a throwing a few Medium features into the mix; Bobcat line has a larger selection of medium jibs and jumps. All the lines have low to mid range jibs and rails such as fun boxes, rainbows, flat and step down rails. The Habitat Park is a great place for the more experienced freestyle skier and snowboarder to improve their skills on the progressively shaped hits and rails in each line.
Difficulty: easy to intermediate
Length: 1,100 ft
Location: the park entrance is near the first tower of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola on Whistler mountain side. Lifts: Emerald Express.
Nintendo Terrain Park, on Blackcomb Mountain
Nintendo Terrain Park known as Choker is 3,480 feet long park packed with intermediate and advanced features. Including table tops, hip jumps, spines, step-up jumps, banks, rails, and fun boxes, all mixed together for endless options. This park is the stepping stone to the Highest Level Park. In addition, the Nintendo Superpipe is reached by going through this park. The Snow Cross track also runs along riders right of the park with access to this entrance off Springboard.
Length: 3,480 ft
Location: the park can be found according to the signs near the Rendezvous Lodge or PEAK 2 PEAK Terminal on Blackcomb side. Lift: Solar Coaster and Catskinner.
Highest Level Park, on Blackcomb Mountain
Whistler’s Pro Park, the Highest Level park is for expert freestyle skiers and snowboarders only. With some of the biggest and most technical table tops, spines, rails, jibs and jumps in the industry. The Highest Level Park park always attracts the top winter sports athletes, those with their eye on the podium at the next Olympics. Helmets are compulsory in the Highest Level Park.
Length: 1,720 ft
Location: the park is accessible through the “Choker” snow park on Blackcomb side of the mountain and is located just down from the Rendezvous Lodge.
Boarder / Ski Cross Track on Blackcomb Mountain
With Snowboard and Ski Cross recognised as winter Olympic disciplines, Whistler’s Border X / Ski X track is a training ground for aspiring gold medalists. This permanent course incorporates banked turns, jumps, whoops and rollers and is a training ground for experts while still accommodating riders who want to try their hand at this Olympic sport. Big banks, rollers and step-ups challenge skiers and snowboarders daily and are tweaked up for event days. Set a personal time to beat or race your buddies, the Snow Cross is a great place to improve high-speed skills.
Location: the boardercross/ski -cross track is accessed from the Springboard run.
Superpipe on Blackcomb Mountain
A Global Pipe Cutter purchased for the 2011 winter season grooms a 22-foot Olympic-sized halfpipe at the bottom of the Nintendo Terrain Park. They don’t call it the Super Pipe without good reason: over 450 feet long, it has a 17-foot radius, a wall height of 16.5 feet, a 64-foot width from lip to lip and a flat bottom 33 feet wide. Groomed nightly the pipe is for advanced to expert skiers and snowboarders and regularly holds events and contests.
Length: 450 ft
Radius: 17 ft
Location: The pipe is accessible through the Nintendo Terrain Park (Choker).