If you've come firmly down the side of 'team snowboard' as opposed to skiing, then it's likely that you'll want to start hunting down some prime snowboard-friendly resorts. Snowboarders are renowned for performing impressive tricks as well as being adrenaline junkies who often prefer an off-piste slope. This yearning for a wilder experience has, however, got snowboarders a less-than-favourable reputation in some resorts.
Whether you prefer to snowboard on or off-piste, there are plenty of resorts around the world that cater to those who love the thrill of balancing on one board.
Best snowboarding resorts
The USA and Canada seem to pick up the medals when it comes to the best snowboarding resorts. Telluride (Colorado), Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows (California), Mount Baker, (Washington), and Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler in Canada are all listed as some of the best in the world.
However, if you'd prefer to keep it closer to home in Europe, there are still plenty of snowboarding resorts to choose from. Cervinia in Italy is renowned for its accessibility for snowboard beginners whereas Verbier in Switzerland is not only known for its freeriding but also its variety of on-piste options. Before you pack your bags and your snowboarding equipment, however, it's always wise to take out snowboarding travel insurance first.
What resorts do not allow snowboarding?
While banning snowboarding is seen as a dated principle to have by some, it's actually being introduced in some countries. In the United States, there are three resorts that continue to ban snowboarding: Deer Valley, Alta Ski Area (Utah) and Mad River Glen in Vermont. It was also reported that Les Portes du Soleil, Les Trois Vallées and Chamonix claimed that loss in revenue as a result of banning snowboarding would be worth preserving the integrity of the slopes and ensuring a more peaceful environment for skiers.
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