Skiers and snowboarders have been swooshing down the slopes for years.

Some do it for the speed of it and some prefer a nice relaxing trip down the mountain. Some people who have made the move to snowboard have never gone back, while others do both.

Those who want a little extra rush in their ski and snowboarding experience. That’s where terrain parks come in.

There are two terrain parks in Watauga County. One is at Beech Mountain and the other is at Appalachian Ski Mtn.

The Park at Beech Mountain opens Nov. 24 this season after its inaugural season opener in 2016. According to the Beech Mountain website www.beechmountainresort.com/mountain/freestyle-terrain/, there are more than 50 features at “The Park” that lures. It has more acreage to build more elaborate jumps.

The website that “Beech Terrain Park Crew is constantly re-shaping, re-inventing, and pulling from their inventory of more than 50 features to make sure riders always have something new to check out.”

The Park has a new handle-pull tow that makes it easier to get to the different features that the run has to offer. There are jumps to attempts, rails to snowboard along and more.

It also has a snowmaking system to provide extra snow when needed.

Appalachian Ski Mtn. also has three terrain parks to challenge skiers.

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