Five Exhilarating Snowboarding Destinations You’ll Want To Visit At Least Once In Your Life
Every snowboarder has a bucket list as long as their arm of places to ride before they stop shredding forever. However, with many of these “dream” destinations the idea of the place is better than the actual riding to be had. So before you grab your snowboards and head out the door, here are five snowboarding destinations that should be at the top of your list and will NOT disappoint:
#1 Tignes, France
High in the French Alps, Tignes is one of the most popular resorts in the world – for good reason! With miles and miles of carefully crafted runs and an almost obscene amount of off-piste snowboarding to be had, you’ll never have to do the same run twice! There really is something for everyone at this destination, from baby beginner runs to rugged off-piste adventures across a huge expanse of varying terrain.
There’s more to just snowboarding here too, after a crazy day on the slopes you can enjoy Tignes’ fantastic nightlife. There are dozens of bars, clubs and cafes to enjoy until late with all your friends. This really is a Mecca for snowboarders of all abilities.
#2 Davos, Switzerland
If you want to go snowboarding in Switzerland then you simply cannot ignore Davos. This is another resort with something for everyone, including a fantastic freeride area that accesses five, yes five, mountains! There is also a terrain park and two halfpipes to shred, if that’s your style.
Davos is a freeride and freestyle paradise, with miles and miles of fun slopes to shred. Difficulties range from the very easy to the nope, nope, nope routes, making it ideal for all the family! The town itself is rather large and offers everything you need to have a great time.
#3 Whistler, Canada
Even people who don’t snowboard can tell you how amazing Whistler is during ski season. Why? Because it hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics and Red Bull’s Powder Escape. The resort itself is continuously ranked as the best place in North America to go snowboarding and with their vast expanse of unbelievable terrain it is easy to see why!
You could literally board here for years without hitting the same run twice, thanks to the two huge mountains and 37 ski lifts that give you access to over 8,000 acres of prime snowboarding real-estate. Whistler itself is built around the snow sports industry, making it awesome in its own right, and there are lots of restaurants, bars and clubs to enjoy when you’re not on the slopes.
#4 St Anton, Austria
Freeriders rejoice! St Anton is easily one of the best places in the world to get your off-piste thrills. The terrain makes it a truly unique and challenging for snowboarders of all abilities, with plenty of natural hits and long, technical slopes to make your way down. With over 134 pistes to try your holiday will see plenty of new routes, however the real fun is definitely found off-piste.
This is a great place to visit if you’re a bit more experienced on a snowboard, as there aren’t too many beginner runs. If you really want to splash the cash, then grab your snowboarding gear and get a lift to the top in a helicopter! St Anton is really special as it is the only place in Austria where you are able to heli-board. The village itself is very traditional with plenty of bars and restaurants available although the prices are slightly more expensive than average in this location.
#5 Niseko United, Japan
Japan may not be your first location for a snowboarding holiday, but Niseko United crams in unbelievable freeriding, loads of fresh powder and is brilliant for night riding. There’s a wide selection of terrain parks, making this a Freestyle boarder’s dream destination. However, there’s also plenty of freeriding and pistes to shred which makes this an awesome destination for all levels of ability.
Due to its popularity, every season sees loads of new buildings, trails and features popping up to cater to the demands. The town itself features a wide selection of shops stocked with snowboarding gear, restaurants, bars and lodges fulfilling all your needs. With plenty of slopes to explore here, you’re bound to go home with a big smile on your face.
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