Snowboarding is one of the most exciting sports on the mountain. There are so many destinations to ride, terrain parks to explore and slopes to practice your technique on or simply chill-out. So it can be hard to choose where to go…
That’s why we’ve considered the options for you. We’ve chosen the best resorts to visit for all you dedicated snowboarders out there. Have fun!
Best for: Snowparks
One of the first European resorts to embrace snowboarding, Avoriaz is now one of the world’s leading snowboarding destinations. The resort is ideally set up for boarders, with very few draglifts and plenty to keep you occupied all week.
Avoriaz is fantastic for freestyle boarders, having a range of brilliant snowparks. Not least of them is the Burton Stash where the modules are built from completely natural materials. The Arare snowpark features an airbag, ideal for practicing your tricks. And there are even halfpipe and boarder cross areas for boarders who enjoy a technical challenge.
The resort is also highly regarded for its off-piste, and expert boarders can hire a guide to explore some of the more challenging areas of the mountain. With access to the wider Portes du Soleil region, a grand total of 650km of piste, there is also plenty for intermediate snowboarders to explore as well.
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Best for: Après
Mayrhofen has always been a popular destination for snowboarders. A favourite resort for British, professional boarders like Jamie Nicholls and Katie Ormerod, it’s not hard to see what makes Mayrhofen so attractive.
The resort is home to one of the best snowparks in Europe - the Vans Penken park. The wide ranging facilities include a rainbow-box and a huge wallride. The park is suitable for all abilities and has five sections: the funline, the public line, the proline, the half-pipe and the kids park.
On piste, Mayrhofen continues to impress. The Hintertux glacier provides reliable snow conditions throughout winter, and ambitious boarders will relish the opportunity to attempt Austria’s steepest run, the Harakiri.
But, it is Mayrhofen’s thriving après scene that really draws the crowds. Lively bars and nightclubs make Mayrhofen a fun place to visit throughout the winter. And incredible festivals, the Altitude comedy festival in December and the infamous Snowbombing in April bookend the season. It’s a great resort for a party!
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Best for: Experts and extreme boarders
A famously challenging resort, Verbier is an exceptional destination for advanced snowboarders. As the home of the Freeride World Tour final, which takes place on the intimidating Bec des Rosses, you can tell the resort has excellent off-piste credentials.
The reputation for steep terrain, couloirs and powder attracts extreme boarders to Verbier from all across the world. Verbier even has a dedicated off-piste cable car, the Mont Gele, which provides access to unbelievable off-piste runs.
On piste riders can also expect an incredible time. The huge lift pass area of Les 4 Vallées provides access to 400km of runs, meaning you can spend plenty of time on the piste without ever getting bored.
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Best for: Beginners and intermediates
To be honest, Le Paradiski area is excellent all-round for snowboarders. However, the wide rolling pistes makes this snowy region ideal for practicing your turns and cruising the mountainside. Accessible nursery slopes and a high standard of tuition also make these two resorts highly attractive to first-time boarders.
Les Arcs, in particular, has long been a popular destination for snowboarders. It was one of the first resorts in Europe to properly welcome the sport. The slopes around Vallandry and Arc 1800 are ideal for learning to board on.
Connected to Les Arcs via the Vanoise Express cable car, La Plagne is well known for its wide, gentle pistes. As a result it is the ideal destination for intermediate snowboarders. It even has a few outstanding sections of off-piste for those that wish to try something a little more challenging.
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Best for: All-round excellence
Widely regarded as one of the best snowboarding resorts in the world, Whistler caters for a diverse range of snowboarders. From first-class snow parks, to world beating off piste and amazing, groomed slopes (it’s a cliché but) there really is something for everyone.
Whistler is an ideal place to begin your snowboarding hobby. There are a wealth of green slopes and dedicated ‘go slow’ zones. There are over 200 runs in the resort, making it one of the most extensive in North America.
The mountainside is dotted with terrain parks, all of which are clearly labelled based on the required ability. Pro-freestylers love the Olympic standard half pipe, on Blackcomb Mountain and the Choker park provides incredible views as you tackle those medium and high jumps.
We’d also be remiss if we failed to comment on the amazing backcountry. Heli-boarding is a fantastic way to experience the Canadian wilderness: the beautiful scenery and incredible powder. Whistler truly is a stunning snowboarding resort.
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