Best places for snowboarding
1. Whistler/Blackcomb, CanadaThat Whistler is listed as number one won’t really come as a surprise for many skiers and snowboarders. Whistler is generally ranked high on any kind of top list, no matter if we speak of North America or the rest of the world. However – it is true also for snowboarders. Fantastic scenery and great prerequisites for snowboarders. Do bear in mind that Whistler is a popular place and attracts many visitors, particularly around Christmas and Easter, when you can expect long queues to ski lifts.
2. Davos, SwitzerlandNaturally, Switzerland has a great variety of ski resorts on offer, but the one that really is the best when it comes to snowboarding, is Davos. Excellent snowboarding across five mountain peaks and two great half pipes are available. As Davos also offers a direct train service and excellent local facilities, it ranks as number two on this list. Just like many other popular ski resorts, avoid major school breaks as there can be queues.
3. Tignes, FranceTignes is actually covered in good off pist skiing for skiers and snowboarders alike. A lot of options are available just via the regular ski lift system, and there is also a special off piste section operated by a ski lift. Even if the beautiful views of Lac de Tignes are slightly affected by the quite ugly buildings, it really doesn’t matter as the rest of the experience is so good. Check in to the Dragon Lodge hotel and have a beer at St Jacques before you head of to Yorin café.
4 St. Anton, AustriaDon’t even consider coming to St. Anton for a peaceful and restful vacation. Come here when you boast high energy levels! St. Anton offers great off piste snowboarding alongside a hospitable and relaxing atmosphere. The after ski is fabulous so be prepared!
5 Zermatt, SwitzerlandZermatt is a well-known ski resort, even for people who don’t ski. You will find a picturesque landscape and a traditional mountain village, quite postcard like. If you are a hard core snowboarder you might think Zermatt is not the place for you, but give it a chance and discover the snow conditions which generally are excellent.
6. Ruka, FinlandFinland actually offers some great options for beginners. The slopes are smaller and less steep, which make them easier to master if you are just about to learn how to snowboard. The snow is generally good and the chances of fresh snow are quite good. In case you get bored trying to learn how to snowboard there are plenty of other activities, such as renting a snowmobile and going for a ride in the countryside.
7. Les Arcs, FranceThe second place snowboarding place in France according to this list. A lot of suberb off piste options and good snow coverage turns Les Arcs into a major adult playground for snowboarders. It is easy to travel to Les Arcs, it has a friendly atmosphere and it offers good and varied snowboarding.