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The 2015/2016 Transworld Riders Poll is live this week, and taking a few minutes to fill it out is one of best ways to show your gratitude to the outstanding Aspen Snowmass Terrain Park teams, and the work they do creating the terrain we love. Need a quick reminder of what it takes to remain at the top of the game year after year? Read on…

From game changing terrain innovations like Red Bull Double Pipe to the welcoming accessibility of our Spring Jam Terrain Park Boot Camps, Aspen Snowmass has something for everyone looking to step up their shred game. Below is a quick recap of some of the awesomeness that went down this past winter.

The Terrain:

While all four Aspen Snowmass Ski Areas are chock full of natural terrain gems, our committed park programs reside at Snowmass and Buttermilk, where skiers and riders of all ages and ability levels can progress their skills and stretch their creative muscles on hundreds of constantly evolving features.

Buttermilk:

Let’s start with the numbers – 7 parks, 100+ features, 6 major events with over 150,000 onsite spectators, and over 3 miles of dedicated park runs graced the slopes of Buttermilk during the 2014/2015 winter season. We didn’t get into this stuff for the math, but we do know that it all adds up to a heck of a good time for the small crew of dedicated locals (and a handful of international pros) crushing laps day in and day out over at “The Milk.”

Beginner shredders can dip their toes into the park scene at Panda Park terrain based learning zone located right at the base of the mountain, before heading up to the beginner/intermediate level S3 Park, located on West Buttermilk’s Red’s Rover Trail. The main park is a 2.5 mile joyride from top to bottom, finishing at the legendary X Games Slopestyle Course and 22 foot Superpipe.

Events like ESPN’s Winter X Games have given humble Buttermilk a permanent place on the global shred map, with history making moves happening year in and year out at the premier event in winter action sports. No wonder that Red Bull and Snow Park Technologies chose Buttermilk to bring the Double Pipe to life the last couple of years. Lesser known, but no less enjoyable, Buttermilk also plays host to the next generation of freeski royalty at the Aspen Snowmass Freeskiing Open, as well as hosting local grassroots events such as the Smith Grudge Match, Slash the Milk Banked Slalom, and even a handful of events for the Aspen Snowmass USASA Series.

Snowmass:

At Snowmass, the heart and soul of terrain park shredding is located on the never crowded Coney Glade quad, where lift riders have to keep their heads on a swivel to avoid missing any of the dozens of terrain features on offer for every type of shredder. X Games medalists like Scotty Lago, Danny Davis, Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira are regular visitors, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of great features for both the groms and the grown-ups. Terrain park manager Yannick Rioux and his crew of creative cat drivers and hand groomers are constantly changing up the lines and features, surprising even the most jaded riders with their constant innovation (and no shortage of Zaugg-cut transitions).

An Olympic caliber 22 foot halfpipe is matched by a 12 foot learning pipe down in the lowdown park, while jumpers of every level can hone their skills on jump lines ranging from mini to massive. Park riders are encouraged to be on the lookout for popup parks throughout the season, including the venue for the Thanksjibbing season kickoff contest, early season laps through Water Plant Flats, or the ever popular Terrain Park Boot Camps. The headlines this year were all about the brand new Snowmass Rail Plaza, which played host to the ever popular Bud Light Big Rail Friday series. Riders travelled from all over the state to take part in this Snowmass Village classic, and not just because of the weekly $700 prize purse.

Beyond the great content and amazing riding coming out of Aspen Snowmass’ terrain parks, we’ve also got one of the most supportive and inclusive park riding communities in the business, and that’s thanks to the wonderful people out there in the parks every day. If you see any of your local terrain park builders, shapers, content producers, or just a friendly shredder, be sure and give them a smile and a high five because they deserve it.

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Oh, and be sure and show your thanks by filling out the Transworld Snowboarding Resort Poll, because that’s a great way to let the rest of the world know just how truly lucky we are here in Aspen Snowmass.

See you out there!

(Written by: Tyler Lindsay)

We are lucky to have some of the best photographers in the business, and easily some of the most scenic and jaw-dropping subjects for them to capture here at Aspen Snowmass.  As a result, you double tapped our photos more than half a million times this season, kudos. Instagram isn’t cluttered or complicated and for that reason its our favorite platform to showcase simply beautiful imagery captured at Aspen Snowmass. According to 98K of you, its your favorite sneak peak into what’s happening here too.

In honor of an amazing season, we have assembled our Top 10 most liked (by you) Instagram posts of the year.

#10 by Dave Amirault 

Understandably so, you double tap when snow is on the horizon and the lifts have just started spinning. Number 10 was captured by Dave Amirault on day #2 at Aspen Mountain in the midst of a storm that kicked off our season.

#9 by Vital Films

Colorado is called colorful for a reason, and its our sunsets. There aren’t any that are more beautiful than the ones that set over our mountains (we think) … at number 9, you thought so too with this sunset over Snowmass by Vital Films.

#8 by Vital Films

Number 8, another Vital Films glamour shot of the Maroon Bells all dressed in white taken early in the season.

#7 by Dave Amirault

You get really excited anticipating the opening of the season. Number 7, a bluebird aerial of the slopes funneling into town of Aspen, taken by Dave Amirault, was posted the week of opening this season.

#6 by Ned Perry

At 12,392 feet, the Highland Bowl stands among some of the most challenging and scenic terrain in the country. At number 6, our very own Highland patroller, Ned Perry, captured our majestic asset in all its glory.

#5 by Jeremy Swanson

Coming in at number 5, Jeremy Swanson, who is responsible for the majority of our Aspen Snowmass photography, woke up to capture this beauty of a snowy sunrise.

#4 by Dave Amirault

The day we all await, opening day. This year opening day was as scenic as ever and Dave Amirault captured it all from the gondola on Aspen Mountain with this shot at number 4.

#3 by Jordan Curet 

Cat drivers and snowmakers are some of the unsung heroes of our industry. They work, while we sleep, to give us the best conditions we could ask for and photographer Jordan Curet captured their evening view for our number 3 post.

#2 by Jeremy Swanson 

Jeremy Swanson, sleepless again, captured the Lunar eclipse over Mt. Daly on April 3rd. That bad moon rising landed him our number 2 photo of the season.

#1 by Jeremy Swanson 

We like to start our year off with a bang over Aspen Mountain. Jeremy got creative and captured the natural beauty of Aspen lit up by our New Year’s fireworks for our number 1 most liked photo of the season. What a way to start off 2015.