If you’re a keen snowboarder, finding the most suitable ski resort for your annual trip isn’t always easy. Whilst snowboarding holidays have rapidly risen in popularity, it can be tricky to find information on the best places to snowboard. Here we share a guide to the best snowboarding resorts in Europe and North America. These snowboarding destinations are perfect for carving up the slopes, shredding fresh powder, and getting to grips with freestyle.
Arguably the best snowboarding resort in North America, Whistler is dominated by the two gigantic mountains that overlook the village. With more than 8,000 acres of terrain, 16 Alpine bowls and five terrain parks, this resort has to be one of the best places to snowboard. The Winter Olympics took place here in 2010, and visitors have the chance to experience one of the world’s best downhill courses on the Olympic run. The five terrain parks offer over 150 features for all ability levels, as well as over 40 jumps, an 18-foot Zaugg superpipe and snowcross track. If pristine pistes aren’t your thing, Whistler also has unrivalled backcountry access so you can head away from the crowds.
Davos is one of Switzerland’s largest resorts, with 251km of terrain and one of highest towns in the Alps. Jakobshorn mountain is one of the best places to snowboard in Davos. This area is known as the ‘cradle of the freestyle scene’ because it’s where the movement was first launched back in the ’90s. It’s home to the JatzPark which features short but intense runs with rails and kickers. At the bottom of Jakosbhorn, you’ll find the legendary Bolgen Superpipe. Parsenn snow park, which links Davos and Klosters, also has a lot to offer with two boardercross tracks.
Attracting freestyle skiers and snowboarders from around the world, Verbier has the perfect combination of extreme terrain, perfectly groomed pistes and an efficient lift system. With just one lift pass you can access 89 lifts and more than 400km of pistes. If that’s not enough, you have access to the whole Four Vallées, with Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz and Val de Bagnas on your doorstep. Verbier has an exhilarating snow park on the sun-trap slope of La Chaux up at 2,250m. The park has more than 20 elements including boxes, rails and kickers.
Known as the snowboarding capital of Europe, Avoriaz was one of the first resorts to offer a snowboard only area. There are four snow parks in the resort, including Lil’Stash for beginners, and the more challenging snow park d’Arare. Known locally as the ‘Big Park’, the Arare snow park has a popular airbag jump for testing tricks safely, as well as a banked slalom course. Snow park, The Stash, was the first ecological snow park in Europe and is 100% natural. The concept was developed by snowboarder Jake Burton who brought it over from California to Avoriaz, viewing the resort as one of the best places to snowboard and only European resort capable of managing his ambitious project. The snow is ungroomed so there’s plenty of powder and slopes to wind in and out of the trees. A great all-round snowboarding destination.
Home of Nicolas Muller, the king of snowboarding, Laax offers excellent terrain for both freestylers and free riders. The Laax Open, sees a week of the finest snowboarding on offer with Olympians and world champions competing in slopestyle and halfpipe. Along with four snow parks, Laax is home to Europe’s largest halfpipe and Europe’s first indoor freestyle training centre. Due to its 3,000m altitude, Laax is one of the more snow-sure resorts and enjoys sunny slopes, the perfect snowboarding destination.
Mayrhofen has been host to several major snowboarding competitions, including the British Snowboarding Championships. The Vans Penken snow park covers the sunny, south-facing side of Action Mountain Penken and has six distinct areas. Expert boarders can also tackle Austria’s steepest slope: the Harakiri black piste. At its steepest, it has a gradient of 85%, meaning it’s definitely not one for the faint-hearted. Beginners and intermediates should head to the Ahorn cable car for quieter, gentler pistes on the other side of the village. Mayrhofen is also home to Europe’s largest snowboarding music festival, Snowbombing – a week-long extravaganza of concerts held in the spring.
Morzine has retained its Alpine charm and is extremely popular with British snowboarders. The Chamossière bowl is great for challenging off-piste, whilst the Super Morzine area is a good spot for beginners. In addition, the slopes of Les Gets and Avoriaz are both easily accessible from Morzine. The Portes du Soleil area has four boardercross courses and eleven snow parks. Hop across the border to Switzerland or Italy for heli-boarding opportunities.
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