Real Mountain contenders
Introducing Real Mountain
Introducing our newest addition to the X Games Real Series: Real Mountain. Here's how it works. Seven North American big mountain ski resorts are facing off in a video battle to determine who has the the best inbounds terrain. All of the footage in each of the videos was shot exclusively on inbounds, lift-accessed terrain over the 2016/17 winter season. Each features a core team consisting of one skier, one snowboarder and one woman, as well as multiple cameos. All are resort-sponsored athletes. No visiting pro ringers were allowed. Who put it all together best? You decide when the videos drop, and the contest starts on Thursday, Nov. 2.
Boasting 8,171 skiable acres and 5,280 vertical feet, Canada's Whistler Blackcomb has been voted SKI Magazine's No.1 Resort the last three years running. Here's what they have to say about themselves: Whistler Blackcomb is North America's largest ski resort with varied terrain that will push the abilities of the best skiers and riders. From high alpine bowls with gnarly chutes and cliffs, to trees offering endless pillow lines and overhead pow, Whistler Blackcomb has it all.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
We'll let California's Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows speak for itself: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over eight peaks. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Home to the iconic KT-22 Chairlift, recognized as one of the best chairlifts in the world, Squaw Alpine has bred some of the best athletes in the industry, who have gone on to compete in everything from the Olympics to the X Games and the Freeride World Tour.
Utah's Snowbird is the closest ski resort in North America to an international airport. On a good day you can be slopeside 45 minutes after you leave the airport. Here's what else they have to say about themselves: Snowbird is kind of like Top Gun for skiers and snowboarders. No matter how good you are, riding at Snowbird is guaranteed to make you better. Snowbird's Aerial Tram delivers skiers and snowboarders up 3,000 vertical ft to the start of 2500 acres of pure awesomeness.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Though it's a relatively new resort, by ski resort standards, with 5,620 vertical feet, Canada's Revelstoke Mountain Resort can officially claim to have the most vertical feet of any resort in North America. Here's what else they have to say: Revelstoke Mountain Resort has the most vertical in North America and got 40 feet of snow last season. Being only 10 years old, the resort was designed for today's skier/boarder, we only have 66 ski runs on our 3,120 acres of terrain because we wanted massive areas of gladed terrain and a real backcountry feel within the resort boundaries. There is no question: Revy delivers the goods!
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
California's Mammoth Mountain is the official training ground for US Ski and Snowboard Team. Though it's famous for its terrain parks, it boasts some impressive big-mountain terrain as well. Here's what else you should know: At 11,053 feet, Mammoth boasts the highest summit of any California resort, making for deeper, higher quality snow, beautiful views and a season that can last until August. With a winter that dropped 50-65 feet of snowfall, Mammoth was the Mecca for big mountain skiing and riding in 2016/2017.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Though this contest was limited to the 2,500 acres of inbounds terrain, Wyoming's Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boasts an additional 3,000 acres of side-country (eg. not patrolled or avalanche controlled, ski at your own risk) terrain, all accessible from the top of a lift. Here's what else you should know: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is famous for steep and deep skiing. The Aerial Tram whisks skiers and riders 4,139 vertical feet in less than ten minutes, accessing big mountain terrain and famed runs like Corbet's and S&S Couloir. Averaging 459 inches of snow per year, Jackson Hole is a powder paradise, tempting skiers and riders to jump off everything.
Playground of the rich and famous, and home to the X Games for 16 winters straight, Colorado's Aspen Snowmass is a collection of four unique mountains with world class skiing, all tied together by the iconic ski town you know as Aspen. At 71 years in operation, it is the oldest ski resort in our competition. If your grandad skis and used to travel to do it, chances are he skied this place. It's that legendary.
Aspen Snowmass Core Team
Core team: (pictured left to right) Gretchen Bleiler, Chad Otterstrom, Colter Hinchliffe "The best thing about this place? The vibes," says Aspen local Colter Hinchliffe, who learned to ski at age 3 on Buttermilk mountain and has been shredding Aspen ever since. "With four mountains to disperse the people the lift lines are full of stoke and high fives rather than the evil eyes. That being said, the playful terrain here seems to go overlooked by many of the skiers on our planet, and that lack of completion keeps the powder-panic level low -- and that might be my favorite thing."
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Core Team
Core team: Lynsey Dyer, Cam FitzPatrick, Owen Leeper Lynsey Dyer's (pictured left) favorite thing about the resort? "The tram and the soul that this mountain brings together in community. Everyone who skis JH is a badass, but they don't need to tell you about it. I'm honored to represent this place and the people who work their tails off to make it home." "You cant beat the terrain we get to ride in our backyard," adds Cam FitzPatrick (pictured right), who was raised riding JHMR. "Oh, and the waffles at the top of the tram. Can't beat em!"
Mammoth Mountain Core Team
Core team: Kimmy Fasani, Chris Benchetler, Jimmy Goodman "The vast terrain, from freeriding to park and pipe," says Jimmy Goodman (pictured) of his favorite thing about Mammoth. "And of course, the beautiful sunny days." "There are always secret stashes of powder," adds Kimmy Fasani, TransWorld Snowboarding's 2016 Women's Rider of the Year, who likes Mammoth so much she's been riding there for 15 years.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Core Team
Core team: Sammy Carlson, Lexi Dupont, Seb Grondin "My favorite thing about Revelstoke is the sheer monstrosity of the mountain and the diverse terrain," says Lexi Dupont (pictured right). "There is something for everyone, and it is sure to make you a much better rider." "Revy has rad terrain for all styles and a consistently deep snowpack," adds Seb Grondin (left). "You get it all, from deep, steep lines to playful hit runs."
Snowbird Core Team
Core team: (pictured left to right) Todd Ligare, BJ Leines, Caroline Gleich Todd Ligare's favorite thing about Snowbird? "It has a lot of sustained vert, all accessed from one tram. The entire mountain is flush with features. And, of course, it gets a lot of pow."
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Core Team
Core team: Sammy Luebke, Michelle Parker, Connery Lundin "My favorite this is waking up to a casual 2-foot Sierra dump and shredding the Fingers directly under KT-22," says 2015 FWT Champion Connery Lundin (pictured). "There's an audience hooting and hollering for those that stomp and heckling those that blow up. It's all in good fun, which I love about Squaw-Alpine."
Whistler Blackcomb Core Team
Core team: (pictured left to right) Stan Rey, Helen Schettini, Jesse Millen "The hidden pow stashes and the amazing camaraderie between everyone here," is Stan Rey's favorite thing about Whistler Blackcomb. "The terrain isn't bad either!" "There is no mountain like it," adds Helen Schettini. "The ridiculous amount of terrain, the snow conditions, the surrounding areas... you honestly will never beat it."