Whether you’re a total beginner, or an advanced rider looking to fly or carve up one of the snowparks, there’s no shortage of resorts to choose from for your next snowboarding holiday. Here are some of our favourites.
The French resort of Alpe d’Huez is a good choice for beginner snowboarders, thanks to its mini park which features starter level rails, boxes, kickers and whoops. The off-piste terrain around Auris and Villard is gentle and avalanche-controlled, making it beginner-friendly too. With a total of 10,000 hectares of terrain, Alpe d’Huez has plenty to keep intermediate-level boarders busy, including the Combe du Loup run. Experts might like to try their hand at the longest black run in Europe – the Sarenne, which takes 16km to descend over 2,000 metres.
Arguably the best 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, the resort has something for all riders, no matter what their ability. The Winter Olympics took place here in 2010, and visitors have the chance to experience one of the world’s best downhill courses by descending over 1,000 metres on the Olympic run. The five terrain parks offer over 150 features for all ability levels, as well as over 40 jumps, a superpipe and snowcross track.
Located in Austria’s Zimmer Valley, the pretty resort of Mayrhofen has been host to several major snowboarding competitions, including the British Snowboarding Championships. The Vans Penken snowpark covers the sunny, south-facing side of Action Mountain Penken and has six distinct areas, including the Kids Park, Pro Area and Fun Area. Expert boarders can also tackle Austria’s steepest slope: the Harakiri black piste. At its steepest, it has a gradient of 78%, 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 snow and music festival, Snowbombing – a week-long extravaganza of concerts and parties held each year in the spring.
Part of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, 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 to find their feet. 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, or take to the Pleney slopes on Thursday evenings for night snowboarding. The town itself has a lively après ski scene with popular hotspots including Bar Robinson and Dixie Bar in the resort centre.