Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
On April 20th, Oregon's Mt. Bachelor hosts the Gerry Lopez Big Wave Challenge and Luau, a one-of-a-kind snowboard-only event hosted by legendary surfer Gerry Lopez, who calls Bachelor his home mountain. Snow park architects sculpt a series of big banked corners, quarter pipes, and wave-shaped spines that allow contestants to surf the course, being judged on speed, control, power, and flow. It's a flash frozen big wave competition followed by a traditional Luau with Hawaiian music and there's even a category for pro-surfers to compete against each other. For boarders, it underlines a month of pleasant corduroy and micro-brew soaked parties.