Superpark has long been synonymous with never before seen tricks and terrain, but in the beginning the “super” prefix in Superpipe and Superpark was used to highlight the next level talent that partook in these legendary sessions. In 1992 the Blackcomb glacier was the summertime epicenter of all that was radical in the riding world and SNOWBOARDER Sr. Photographer Sean Sullivan gathered the best of the best to hand shape the largest halfpipe trannies sculpted to date. Jeff Brushie, Shaun Palmer, Noah Salasnek, and Jamie Lynn joined a cadre of Canada’s finest freestylers, including Sean Kearns, Kevin Young, Marc Morrisset and Sean Johnson, for an aggro dude tube session for the ages. Even now a quarter of a century later the amplitude and style on display warrants respect with Brushie’s tweaks, Palmers fastplants and Jamie Lynn’s rail slides proving to be the most timeless tricks of the shoot.

In the Spring of 1993, Sean Sullivan took the same star studded formula to Squaw Valley to see what another equally esteemed crew of new schoolers could do with a purpose-built run rife with rails, boxes, banks, kickers and other opportunities to send it. Jim Rippey, Dale Rehberg, Mike Ranquet, Neil Drake, Aaron Vincent, Brian Thien, Circe Wallace, Janna Mayan, Billy Anderson, Gilligan Yoder and others took advantage of every lip laid out before them and immediately began to peel away at the possibilities. Jamie Lynn in particular put on a prophetic show with cab 720’s on the tabletops and 270’s onto the rails. Even Danny Way strapped in to launch a few switch mctwists for SNOWBOARDER’s cameras. Once the feature arrived on newsstands in December of 1993, readers and pro riders immediately began calling for SNOWBOARDER to bring back the “Superpark” and three years later the modern legacy of the event was set in motion.

As a counterpoint to traditional contests, Superpark forgoes bibs, start sheets and judges in favor of stacking clips on a rider’s own terms in an environment that isn’t made for TV. Rather, the features at Superpark are built to enable the best snowboarders on earth to ride better than they ever have before, and do so on their own terms. A huge part of the Superpark formula is safety and time and time again the notion that the right physics and pristine maintenance can make even the most exaggerated jump or jib somewhat docile is proven.

Ultimately, the Superpark is in place to serve as a gathering of the freestyle faithful to celebrate the culture around feature and trick creation. Pros, photographers, filmers and various industry fixtures look forward to Superpark as a time and place where the team and crew cliques become one and riders from different countries and generations find common ground strapping in side by side and sending it. -Pat Bridges

P: Big White, BC

1998 Superpark 2 – Dodge Ridge, CA

SNOWBOARDER’s sophomore Superpark was hardly a success despite the best efforts of builders Mike Parillo, Frank Wells, Rocky Ketchem, Benny Hughes and upstart driver Eric Rosenwald. The main impediment in year two would prove to be the weather. Located on the western side of the Sierras, Dodge Ridge’s ability to accommodate this emerging event was hindered by, dare we say it, too much snow. Twice the SNOWBOARDER staff and the requisite pro tier entourage gathered at Dodge to see if the weather would cooperate, which it did not… but the assembled icons still produced. Jeremy Jones and Kevin Jones duked it out for a $100 bill taped to the end of a 90-foot rail while Mike Michalchuk double chucked under funeral skies. Jeff Anderson, Tom Gilles, Jason Brown and Travis Parker still put on a show despite the rain and snow and received plenty of coverage for their black and white Kodak courage.
1997 Superpark 1 – Big White, BC

Snowboarder took the Superpark concept all the way to the less litigious confines of Big White, BC in Canada to prove the idea that bigger takeoffs and steeper landings will accelerate freestyle progression in ways that resort risk managers can’t comprehend. We turned to one of the patriarchs of modern terrain park design, Mike Parillo, to execute this shared vision and the result was a 6 feature blend of banks and booters topping out at 60 feet for the main tabletop. Peter Line, JP Walker, Mikey Leblanc, Bjorn Leines, Devun Walsh, JJ Thomas, Billy Anderson and Lukas Huffman were but a handful of the elites tasked with the “proof of concept” duties.

P: Dodge Ridge, CA

P:Mammoth Mountain, CA

1999 Superpark 3 – Mammoth Mountain, CA

Third time proves to be the charm as Superpark heads to the Southern part of the Sierras to Mammoth Mountain for what would prove to cement this gatherings legacy for generations to come. Over 100 legends in the making would venture to Chair 14 on Mammoth’s backside to see what Josh Chauvet and his Unbound Terrain Park practitioners had assembled. With over 800 hours of snowcat operations invested in the setup, the terrain matched the talent for the first time in Superpark history. Quarterpipes, hips, tabletops and step-downs littered the Chair 14 landscape providing the limitless possibilities that Superpark was originally conceived to provide. Peter Line was the first to cement himself in Superpark lore with a lofty, 96’ long backside 180 while a gallery of future legends looked on in awe. Providing an equally astonishing show was Tom Gilles who proved that it was possible to go double overhead in an 18’ pipe that also had an escalator drop to a 14’ tranny at the end. Lastly was the fabled Berserker booter that taunted onlookers to man up to no avail for four days straight. Finally on the fifth and final day, a steady stream of contenders tempted the 100+’ Berserker. Amongst the senders who came up short were Jesse Burtner, Aaron Bishop, Josh Rosen and “Crazy” Al Traves. Ultimately one rider would have the speed, skill and sack to settle the Berserker. Kurt Wastell held tight as he got towed at 53mph down the runway by snowmobile, dropped the rope and spun a 112’ backside 360 into the history books!
2000 Superpark 4 – Mammoth Mountain, CA

In 2000 the Mammoth unbound crew once again upped the ante by enhancing the flow of the 500-acre terrain park footprint. Hips, tables and jibs each had their own lane. Unfortunately Mammoths location between two deserts makes it susceptible to high winds and Superpark 4 was more remembered for its gusts than its gusto. Fortunately Mammoth gave the riders less lofty options including free reign on the steel surrounding their Chair 4 outpost lodge. A prepubescent Shaun White jibbed and bonked and impressed onlookers while Bjorn Leines scored his first SNOWBOARDER Cover. Meanwhile Tom Gilles once again upped the halfpipe ante by sky-ing two story backside airs even though most of the other attendees only pushed the limits of partying for the mainstay of the week. These off-hill indiscretions led to an all-time “around the world” party at the local Travelodge, or as their soon to be terminated Marketing Director likened to calling it, “The Official Superpark Lodging Partner Of Superpark.” Hazy recollections include a potato gun being fired at a police car, a soda machine flying down two flights of stairs and curtains catching on fire from wayward fireball attempts. In the aftermath, SNOWBOARDER Magazine was banned from Mammoth for at least two weeks.
2001 Superpark 5 – Mammoth Mountain, CA

Superpark returned to Mammoth looking for redemption and the brain cells we lost 12 months earlier at that damned Travelodge party. Opting for a more wind protected part of the hill, Josh Chauvet and his seasoned Unbound legion, erected another awe inspiring arena for progression in the whereabouts of Mammoth’s Gold Rush Express high speed quad. Newcomers and veterans made another trek to Mammoth and were rewarded with another evolution of the Superpark format. Building upon the line based approach of a year earlier, SNOWBOARDER and Unbound opted for a zone layout where more focused sessions could be instigated. Hip, jump, halfpipe, jib and rhythm zones were defined and each day an afternoon session became the place to be. On the hips Abe Teter tweaked, and a rookie from Norway named Andreas Wiig debuted a new way to spin off-axis backside. For the rail riders, Chris Englesman got a full pull on a 12-jib line while Kyle Clancy, Andy Finch and Danny Kass dominated the halfpipe. Ultimately though, Superpark 5 would be remembered introducing our sport to a hungry goofy-footer from the unlikely inbounds freestyle haven of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Travis Rice arrived at Superpark with a Wild Card invite earned weeks earlier at the World Quarterpipe Championships in New Hampshire. He immediately became a standout on each setup, yet it was by vaulting a backside rodeo 114’ over a spine tabletop that Travis Rice, the snowboarding star, was born.

P: Breckenridge, CO

2003 Superpark 7 – Breckenridge, CO

Four feet of snow fell during the build for Superpark 7 and the only place the cat drivers had to put all of the accumulation was up! The deck of each feature went from 15’ above the trail to three-stories high and the takeoffs rose from there. This year, Lake Louise and Park City were thrown into the Cutters Cup fray against Mammoth and the returning hometown champs, Breckenridge. If the riders arriving in Breckenridge felt they were greeted by a setup straight out of a video game, they weren’t too far off the mark as this year’s Superpark would in fact become a level in Amped 2. Travis Rice continued his standout ways, only this time he had to share the honors with Chad Otterstrom, who would be the first and last shred on the hill each day.

P: Lake Louise, AB

2002 Superpark 6 – Breckenridge, CO

Superpark ventured east to the Colorado Rockies and the home of the original Wu Tang launcher for its sixth installment. Rather than relying exclusively on Breckenridge’s own terrain park builders, SNOWBOARDER also invited cat drivers from Blackcomb, Mammoth and Mtn. High to partake in the event for a side competition of sorts. Each resort was given a section of Breckenridge’s Freeway Terrain Park, two snowcats and a set amount of time to farm, sculpt, shape and buff out the best features possible with the attendees choosing which team built the best setup. This new facet of Superpark was dubbed the Cutters Cup and resulted in terrain park innovations like dished tabletop decks, gap hips and banked c-boxes. While Breckenridge received the Cutters Cup honors the riders were the real winners as they were given free reign of another Superpark stunner. Twelve-months after bursting onto the Superpark scene Travis Rice rode into Breckenridge with a lot of hype behind him which he proceeded to justify with every cab spin, beer chugging backflip and round bought at Otterstrom’s bar, easily earning himself Superpark Standout for another year.

P: Breckenridge, CO

2004 Superpark 8 – Lake Louise, AB

In 2004 Superpark made its first international foray as it ventured north to Lake Louise, Alberta, bringing the best cutters from Mammoth and Breckenridge along to do what they do. No longer competing, the terrain park creators turned into collaborators helping to facilitate flow from one teams features to the next. Elliot Cone and the Breck squad took the pristine approach by striving to create the perfect tabletop. Meanwhile Mammoth’s Eric Rosenwald created a 90’ gap over a 20’ tall quarterpipe! Lastly, Jeff Patterson put the finishing touches on his home park by stacking a solid 80’ tabletop and a multi-purpose shark fin wall ride. No matter how many insane images were captured of riders like Nicolas Müller doing backside 720 corks on the safety hip or Mathieu Crepel launching off the shark wall, Superpark 8 would forever be remembered for Ryan Lougee’s no grab backside 180s over the quarter-gap.

P: Lake Louise, AB

2005 Superpark 9 – Lake Louise, AB

The Lake Louise redux began the notion that the second year is the charm when it comes to a resorts stint as a Superpark host. This would make sense since all of the builders, media and riders would find themselves more acclimated the second time around. Jeff Patterson and Lake Louise did some home team grandstanding with a two-story scaffolding looming above the lip of a 20’ quarterpipe. Mammoth and Rosenwald used a pipe cutter to create a three story hip and Bear Mountain made its Superpark debut with a multi-feature step-down complete with a cannon box and drop down road gap. Dustin Craven, Pat Moore, Peter Line and the Lake Louise park staff all traded tricks to see who the standout would be. In the end Michael Goldsmith and his GT snow racer probably got the most people talking.

P: Keystone, CO

2006 Superpark 10 – Keystone, CO

Elliot Cone made the move from building parks at Breckenridge to running the show just down the road at Keystone, and he brought Superpark with him. Bear Mountain and June also partook in the events 10th anniversary. Keystone’s Area 51, with its dedicated double chair and linear fall line, brought an intimacy to Superpark that was absent in years past. Maintaining the setup also became a priority with spring temps turning runways and landings to slush without ample salting. With this emphasis on maintenance came a sharp decline in injuries. In turn, riders spent more time in their comfort zones despite bigger setups and longer sessions. Dustin Craven, Dan Brisse, Chas Guldemond and Torstein Horgmo rose above the rest as the standouts yet Alberta’s Andrew Hardingham left the biggest impression. From a slopeside Bloody Caesar bar to spending the night in the Silverthorne drunk tank to gapping into a tree island from the first tabletop, Andrew was always putting on a spectacle and his antics at Superpark only added to the events allure.

P: Keystone, CO

2007 Superpark 11 – Keystone, CO

On the eve of Superpark 11 Pat Moore declared, “This week I will go from photographer to photographer and feature to feature and get the best photo with each. That is what I expect of myself.” As boastful as this claim would be on day 1, by day 4 it seemed downright prophetic. Triple overhead hip airs, Mctwists to fakie and shirtless frontside inverts on the spire barely hint at the barrage Moore unleashed that year. Of course why wouldn’t he, Big Bear, Boreal and Keystone arguably built the best terrain park ever for Superpark 11 with everything groomed to perfection including 12 quarterpipe features! Lonnie Kauk, Dustin Craven, Austin Hironaka, Scotty Lago and Chas Guldemond all gave Pat some competition in the standout department, but none were as diverse or as driven as Moore was in 2007.

P: Mammoth, CA

2008 Superpark 12 – Mammoth, CA

Nine years have passed since Mammoth first hosted Superpark and in that time the event continued to gain esteem as the pre-eminent proving ground for terrain park riders and creators. Rather than resorts Mammoth brought in some key constructors including Bear Mountains Desi Hauer and Clayton Shoemaker and Boreals Eric Rosenwald to help with Superpark 12. Now under the direction of Oren Tanzer Unbound had a cadre of veteran cutters onhand to play host. Mike Girstner, Chris Zajac, Pete Columbo and the rest of the Mammoth contingent updated Chair 14 for a whole new generation of freestylers. Cube crosscourt transfers, three way quarterpipes, a 115’ stepdown table and a 25’ tall hip were all a warm up for Desi Hauer’s Lights Out multi-option tree island gap. Also returning to Mammoth was first ballot Superpark hall of famer Travis Rice and he brought his Wes Cam equipped helicopter with him. Though Travis would cruise most of the week he made sure to keep the Brainfarm cameras focused on Pat Moore, Lonnie Kauk, Dustin Craven, Scotty Lago and Dan Brisse. Another standout in 2008 was Jamie Anderson who not only punched in on the Lights Out feature but she also got punched out at Lakanuki.
2009 Superpark 13 – Mammoth, CA

In Superpark terminology they are called “separators”, those features that are built with only the best, most fearless riders in mind. The ides of separators most definitely began with the Berserker. Next was the quarterpipe stepover gap in Lake Louise. Hardingham’s hard right into the glades at Keystone was for sure another one. In 2009 Loon Mtn. came to Superpark with the pride of New England on the line as the first build team from East of the Mississippi to be invited to have a hand in Superpark creation. Their will to make their presence known was manifested in a 25’ tall takeoff to a cascading landing 90’ beyond the lip. This awe inspiring uber-kicker was dubbed the Loonatic for good reason. While the established elite looked on, a humble and somewhat loco, New Hampshire local named Chelone Miller guinead the Loonatic on a solo lap with no crowd, no camera, no cares. Chelone leaned back, grabbed truckdriver and hurled a backside rodeo well over 100’. Chili kept putting on a show but everyone at Superpark 13 knew he earned the standout award on that first Loonatic hit. Arguably as impressive as the Loonatic takeoff was the 30’ tall hip that Pete Columbo stacked on the other side of the Chair 4 Superpark domain. Proving the “take all comers” nature of Superpark, Utah’s Jake Welch snaked into the hip session alongside Pat Moore, Austen Sweetin, Jason Robinson, Jenny Jones and Marc Swoboda. Know for jib prowess and backcountry finesse Welch was an unknown in the vertical realm. Yet what Welch lacked in reputation Welch he more than made up for with straightline constitution. While the tale of the tape may not equal a record for Jake on this day, anyone who witnessed his balls out attempts can attest to the terminal velocity he brought to the lip. Less hyped though equally progressive was the Superpark 13 bowl built by Bear Mountain’s Desi Hauer with a zaug halfpipe cutting machine and a patient touch shaping the way for future events like the Holy Bowly and Peace Park.

P: Mammoth, CA

P: Mammoth, CA

2010 Superpark 14 – Mammoth, CA

The naming of Superpark features can be a hit or miss affair. Sometimes the monikers add to the legend as was the case with the Loonatic or Berzerker. Other names are forgettable, hence the lack of ability to recall them. The “Centipede” is one example of when an amazing feature leads to an obvious name, which in this case was due to the 100’ of distance. Halldor Helgason, Jeremy Thompson, Lonnie Kauk, Tim Humphries, Torgeir Bergrem and a then 13 year old Kyle Mack proved that the Centipede was no joke. Making his Superpark building debut in 2010 was Pat Melandowski who brought his Planet Snow crew including James Jackson to Superpark to build a two-story quarterpipe in the name of High Cascade Snowboard Camp. After four days of sun in the Sierra’s longtime Superpark supporter and showman Chas Guldemond was granted a long overdue standout award.

P: Mt. Bachelor, OR

2011 Superpark 15 – Mt. Bachelor, OR

After three years in Mammoth Snowboarder decided that Superpark needed some fresh scenery and we ventured north to the Mt. Bachelor, OR and the rugged, tree-lined terrain of the Outback zone. Hames Ellerbe and his Bachelor park staff rolled out the white carpet for Pat Melandowski, Corey Mcdonald, James Jackson and Planet Snow, Eric Rosenwald, Corey Tredtin and Jason George of Powder Corp and newcomers Joel Rerko, Randy Nelli, Keenan Gillan and Jordan Soohy. Seven Springs earned their Superpark invite by sculpting features as aesthetically appealing as they are rideable. Their multi-takeoff concoction for Superpark 15 was no exception. Planet Snow created a zero compression saddle hip for legends like Peter Line and Terry Kidwell to show that they’ve still got it. On the other side of the Outback chair the Powder Corp contingent set up the largest street style wallride ever produced. This 24’ tall behemoth could be slid down the fall line or approached from across the trail. While Dustin Craven, Markus Keller, Trevor Jacob, Mark Swoboda and others would attempt to reach the top only a gloveless Scott Blum would have the commitment to reach the coping and in turn he earned a cover. Ultimately it would be Scott Vine and his one-footed alley-oops, 720’s and front boards that would win the Superpark 15 standout award.

P: Mt. Bachelor, OR

2012 Superpark 16 – Mt. Bachelor, OR

Mt Bachelor stepped up for Superpark 16 and graced the gathering with two exclusive lifts for attendees and even a private baselodge! The new location in the Sunrise section of Bachelor was wide open up top funneling down into a more traditional trail network. Eric Rosenwald once again brought structure to the setup, relying on Lane Knaack to help manifest a stairset, street wall and step down while their Boreal colleague Matt Malilli found a unique drainage to create the ultimate low impact stepover. This latter feature saw a ridiculous amount of progression ultimately leading to Jaeger Bailey landing a double back to late front flip off the knuckle. Of course this was after he also performed a front foot closeout hangup to front flip in the jib zone! Confused? Seven Springs pushed a multi launch rhythm feature but it was their exaggerated tabletop that was the main draw for tricksters as it provided the platform for not one but two riders to stomp triple corks! Lastly there was the return of the Loon boys who took over the pristine finish work duties from Springs and created a slew of stunners including a stepover jump overlooking the valleys to the East. An obvious nod to its geographic exposure, Sunrise proved to live up to its namesake and Superpark 16 would see the Snowboarder staff and a dozen riders head to the hill at 4am to start shooting once the dawn broke. This would begrudgingly become an annual tradition at future events because the shots turn out so damned sick as the Scott Vine’s cover worthy one-footer would prove. Though he didn’t land on the front page in 2012 Seth Hill’s non-stop Superpark regimen, which included both sunrise and sunset shoots, earned him the well-deserved Superpark 16 Standout Award.

P: Mt. Bachelor, OR

2013 Superpark 17 – Mt. Bachelor, OR

For its third Superpark foray Bachelor once again opened up the Sunrise area for all of our needs. With that came Parker Bohon new leader of the park program for Bachelor and as accommodating of a host as we could ask for. Now under the Woodward banner Eric Rosenwald and Lane Knaack again broke out the skill saws and hammered together a jib plaza which would be the site of the first ever Superpark live webcast and in turn numerous undescribable Lucas Magoon maneuvers. Next to the boreal steel was once again Mallili’s zero compression step-over only this time it was 20% bigger. Knowing this Scott Vine decided to hit it with 50% fewer feet strapped in and lo and behold he stomped a double back! Loon Mountain returned and conjured up a jib tunnel while Joel Rerko and Seven Springs elevated their hip gap game to allow for Euro’s like Roope Tonterri to do double backside rodeos. Having long been a favorite of builders, filmers and photographers Hand Mindnich was deemed more than worthy of the Superpark 17 standout award as well as a cover.

P: Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

2014 Superpark 18 – Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

After three years at Bachelor Snowboarder still hadn’t had enough of Oregon so we headed West to Mt Hood Meadows. Before Oregon became known for being dank it was notorious for being damp and 2014 was no exception. A lack of sun meant local watering hole Charlie’s had a record week with Jamie Lynn, Seth Huot and Wes Makepeace performing daily. Nonetheless, only one day at Meadows was a total wash and even then there was plenty of pow to be reaped the morning after. Furthermore Snowboarder brought in some lights and initiated a couple of after hour jams in the Woodward Jib Plaza. After a seven year absence from the Superpark scene Keystone came back in style and stacked the tallest, narrowest tabletop the event had ever seen. Matt Mallili took his low-compression step over and stretched it clear across a cirque to create the Booter Dam. The added width provided everyone from Red Gerard to Sage Kotsenberg to Coonhead with plenty of confidence to try any trick, including one-and a half backflips. Seven Springs set their sights on scoring another Superpark cover by framing Mt Hoods volcanic cone right above another pristine hip and sure enough Ben Ferguson provided the style to complete the cover worthy recipe. Having lapped the Keystone “Slim Fast” tabletop like it was setup jump and put on a clinic in the Woodward Jib Plaza Garrett “Worm” Warnick walked away from Mt Hood Meadows as the Superpark 18 standout. It should be noted that in 2014 Pisten Bully became the official snowcat of Superpark and the relationship has continued to grow along with the features ever since!
2015 Superpark 19 – Seven Springs, PA

The stars aligned in 2015 for Snowboarder to bring Superpark East of the Mississippi to Seven Springs, PA. What Mother Nature couldn’t provide the management at Seven Springs more than made up for, even so far as turning on the snowguns on the last day of the season. Superpark 19 more than any other iteration to date was emblematic of the role that terrain parks have played in establishing a new order amongst resorts. The combined vertical, snowfall and skiable acreage of all three Superpark 19 build team home hills; Boreal, Bear Mountain and Seven Springs; is less than Squaw Valley where the first unofficial Superpark was held. Terrain parks have enabled resorts with less natural assets to use tenacity, hard work and ingenuity to provide their sideways standing visitors with a world class experience. This is why an event like Superpark can go to Pennsylvania without skipping a beat. Bear Mountain is no stranger to dealing with manmade snow yet even they hadn’t expected the glacial amount of snowmaking that Joel Rerko and Seven Springs had provided in order to insure that their visitors wouldn’t be lacking in building material. Similarly Boreals Eric Rosenwald, Chris Hatt, Matt Malilli and Lane Knaack were also impressed. Bear Mountain built a transition zone that was about gap finding and creating flow. Knowing that Seven Springs already had their impressive Streets setup Boreal built a series of jumps ending with a long draw cross-up. Seven Springs took a subdued approach opting to focus on building arguably the biggest hip ever piled up East of the Mississippi. Before Scott Vine stepped on the stage at the Foggy Google bar it had been over ten years since a rider had repeated as Superpark standout and Snowboarder couldn’t be more stoked that Scott was the rider to end that streak. In 2015 Vine kept both feet strapped, opting to spin off the toes, plant on the post and contort various unnamed grabs three stories above the deck of the hip.

P: Seven Springs, PA