Best resorts for snowboarders
Choosing the right destination when booking a holiday in the mountains is rarely an easy task but it is perhaps even more important for snowboarders than it is for skiers. The reason for this is simple - if you choose a resort with lots of shallow slopes and flat spots, a snowboarder will forever find themselves having to unbind and either walk to the next downhill section or push themselves along with one leg still in the binding. Meanwhile skiers will simply use their poles to push themselves along.
To make things even more difficult, there are some resorts which would be considered very well suited to snowboarders but still home to those flat-spots that boarders try their best to avoid. A little bit of careful planning using a piste map will help negate this issue.
In terms of great destinations for snowboarders, whether you are a complete beginner trying to make your first turns, or an expert hunting for a fresh stash of powder there is a resort out there for you. All it takes is a little research. Even easier would be to speak to one of our expert advisors at Alpine Answers who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Some of the best resorts for snowboarders
- Avoriaz, France – Quite simply, this is one of the best resorts in France for all kinds of snowboarder. There are state of the art snow parks, various snowcross runs, and plenty of cliff drops for the more extreme rider. The nursery slopes are close to the centre of the resort making it ideal for beginners. Fantastic on and off piste, with very few drag lifts to worry about.
- Saas Fee, Switzerland – Perfect for beginners, intermediates, and those who love to carve wide open pistes. An early supporter of the snowboarding movement, Saas Fee provides a year round option with a snow sure glacier. Being a Swiss resort, you can always expect exceptionally well groomed pistes.
- Mayrhofen, Austria – Suited more to advanced boarders due to the relatively steep terrain and good areas for off piste riding. This is a resort where snowboarding is truly embraced and is home to one of the best terrain parks in Europe.
- Cervinia, Italy – The most snow sure resort in Italy provides the perfect base for a snowboarding holiday, especially either early or late in the season. Wide and gentle pistes groomed to typically high Italian standards allow easy cruising and some excellent heli-boarding opportunities. However, there are a few flat sections to navigate.
There are multiple resort destinations in the Alps ideal for snowboarders. If you would like to discuss your next snowboarding trip more detail simply call us: 020 7801 1080.