If you are a snowboarding enthusiast, then you need to know about some of the best snowboarding resorts in the world. You just have to snowboard gear ready, choose a resort from this list, or more, and you are good to go. So here are the top places to go snowboarding.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
This resort has everything a snowboarder would want, and we can actually say that it could easily take the crown for the Glastonbury when it comes to ski resorts. No matter what your level or tastes would be, the Whistler/Blackcomb experience will be unforgettable.
The resort can be found in the Coast Mountains on the West Coast, being made of two side-by-side mountains, the Blackcomb and the Whistler. This was among the first resorts located in North America which openly welcomed snowboarders. Over the years it has passionately progressed this sport, making it a top choice for snowboarders from all over the world.
The resort has 99 acres and five parks, which are divided depending on ability. A pro snowboarder will find here all the features needed, such as jibs, rails, spines and jumps. You can also find smaller versions if you are new to freestyle.
If you like speed, then the Nintendo Terrain Park is the right one for you. There is also a 15’’ mini-pipe and an Olympic sized pipe for the best pipe athletes out there. On the other hand, for the best fall-line riding go to the mid-mountain on Blackcomb and have a fantastic time on the Jersey Cream Express. The Crystal Chair is great to take hit runs until the alpine opens.
After you have tried all these you can go to the Glacier Express chair and work some laps through the Spanky’s Ladder. With the Peak 2 Peak gondola you can reach the Whistler Mountain and then take the Peak Express chair if you want to ride Peak to Creek.
Mt Baker, Washington, USA
For those who like riding hard, Mt Baker will certainly offer the challenging ride that they are looking for. The resort has a reputation for its superb downhill terrain, deep, untracked pow, dumps of snow and the progressive open boundary policy. This is what we call a real snowboarders’ mountain.
Mt Baker resort is a family-run business and it is also popular for their effort to preserve the natural, wild feeling of this place. Each year thousands of snowboarders, including top professionals such as Victoria Jealouse, Terje Haakonsen or Tom Burt, come here to enjoy the Baker slalom and enjoy what they really love: snowboarding.
Telluride, Colorado, USA
Among the good places to snowboard, we also include Telluride. With its vast open space, non-existent queues and quiet slopes, Telluride is a dream for snowboarders. This resort is mostly for beginners who are just getting the hang of snowboarding.
They can enjoy regularly groomed runs which are gentle and wide even at the top peaks. All the trails are well marked and very easy to ride on and with the open glades one can enjoy many scenic runs.
But this does not mean that an advanced snowboarder will get bored here. With more than 40% of the trails being classified as expert or advanced, anyone can enjoy this resort. Those who want a more challenging terrain with steep lines to ride, can choose the Black Diamond Run ‘The Plunge.’
Mammoth Mountain, California, USA
The OnTheSnow visitors have voted Mammoth Mountain as the No.1 ‘Family Friendly Resort, saying that it offers epic riding and skiing, and many other amazing features and activities. You can tell that a lot of effort has been put into making the Mammoth’s park terrain and its features for all abilities.
Freestylers can enjoy the Discovery Park which features unthreatening jibs and jumps and then try the Wonderland with its 12-foot pipe which goes into a lower rail garden. The main park has 21.5 acres and it features super-sized jumps and technical jumps.
At Mammoth Mountain you can enjoy nine parks, as well as an Olympic-sized pipe and a competitive boardercross course. The quality of the snow is top-notch. This resort is among the first to open and the last to close, as late as the 4th of July.
Snowbird, Utah, USA
Another resort among the best places to snowboard in Snowbird, with its easily accessible and diverse terrain. It offers more than 4,700 acres of slopes, perfect for both skiing and snowboarding. This resort is perfect for those who like adrenaline, because it has the most vertical terrain among all resorts in Utah.
People who have been here talk about how light the snow is. This is because the resort has been blessed with almost two meters of light dry Utah powder. Also, annual snowfall in this area is on average 1,270cm.
The resort also offers its clients a complimentary orientation tour every morning from the Plaza Deck. Those who want to enjoy the best fall-line riding should try the Mach Schnell off the Snowbird tram.
Squaw Valley, California, USA
Among the best places to snowboard in the world we also include Squaw Valley, where snowboarders can blaze down the steep lines. No worries, the resort also has terrain for beginners, but most runs are dedicated to the skilled riders. The Snowboard King of the Mountain competition surely draws quite a few fans each winter.
The resort is very popular so during the weekends it might get quite busy there. But during the week you can have fun without all that fuss from the end of the week. The terrain has a vertical rise with many man-made and natural hits, technical chutes, cliff bands and cornices.
If you bring your kids to Squaw Valley you can be at peace as they will be well looked after. They can have lots of fun at the Family Cross Course, New Adventure Zone and SnoVentures Centre.
Alpine Meadows, California, USA
Alpine Meadows has reached our list of the best places to snowboard thanks to its snowboard-friendly terrain, chilled-out vibe and amazing views of the Lake Tahoe. There are slopes to suit everyone’s needs and level, with 25% of them being for beginners, 40% for intermediates and the rest of them for advanced.
The slopes for beginners are wide open and smooth, located on the Weasel Chair, and the ones for the pros are perfect for making the snowboarders enjoy the glades in some of the best backcountry in North America. Getting there is not even hard thanks to the Summit Six which will get you on more than 70% of the resort’s terrain.
Alpine Meadows beautifully brings together different level terrains, totaling a mile-long park run. Also, they have recently added new jibs, such as four beginner boxes, four snowmaking pipe jibs and two intermediate boxes. Those who prefer natural hits can try the Kangaroo gully and the Hotwheels gully.
Verbier offers superior freeriding. Many snowboarders hire a guide so they can get the most out of their adventure at Verbier and to fully appreciate the variety of the steeps.
The resort is placed in the Four Valleys and there are lifts that connect the snowboarding and skis areas at Val de Bagnes, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, La Tzoumaz and Verbier.
If you want something extreme, you should take the Mont-Gelé cable car and head to the steep, open slopes from which you can bomb down. The intermediate areas are Les Ruinettes and Les Attelas, but these are usually very crowded. You can avoid this by going to Savoleyres where you can enjoy tree lines slopes.
Another great option among the best places to snowboard is Cervinia, with extensive terrain for those who are still learning their way with snowboarding.
The resort is right at the border with Switzerland, close to Aosta Valley. Those coming here enjoy miles of breathtaking views and gentle runs. At an altitude of 3,600 meters you can be certain that you will have top quality snow, and with the view of the Matterhorn, what more could you want?
The resort is connected with the Zermatt. Just take the lift and you can enjoy a more advanced terrain if you need to. Intermediate snowboarders can also have fun at this resort and freestylers can take the Indian Park.
This resort is not for advanced snowboarders who might find the terrain quite plain.
Chamonix is perfect for snowboarding travel. With the Mont Blanc in the backdrop and the rugged, steep terrain, you have a dream come true for any snowboarder. Bear in mind that this resort is for the adventure, freeriding and adrenaline seekers, so if you are faint-hearted, better choose another location.
At Chamonix, you will find steep tree-runs and couloirs, excellent glacial runs and numerous natural freestyle features. Because this resort is so popular, you will rarely see it not crowded. Still, you will have a better chance for some space after the New Year.
The resort has fairly spread out snowboarding areas, but with such beautiful scenery surrounding you, this won’t be bothersome. Although you will find here blue runs, they feel more like reds, so if you are an intermediate, you’d better head to Brevant, if you want to test your skills.