Although the common consensus around winter is moans and groans, for some people however, it’s this time of year, which they enjoy the most. Snowboarding is an incredibly popular past time right around the world and for many people it really offers the opportunity to make the most of that winter weather, while competing in a sport that they absolutely love. If you are considering a vacation this winter then you will be happy to know that there are a wide range of winter resorts for you to rip up.
It’s hard to decide where to go – where do I start? – What if I’ve never been snowboarding before?
It’s not uncommon for first time boarders to have no idea where to go, and the reality is that if you count yourself as a first timer, it’s very important you pick the right place to go to – and avoid the black runs straight off the bat. Choosing a resort that has a wide range of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs allows you to go at your own pace while not being overwhelmed or getting in the way of more advanced snowboarders.
If you are looking for somewhere to try and come to terms with snowboarding then here are some popular locations that you could consider:
The last time I visited Whistler was actually in summer and the sheer picturesque quality of this location makes it a popular choice all year round. In terms of snowboarding, the snow here is so sweet and as a previous host of the Winter Olympics, the snow in Whistler has been well-proven. Whether you are a beginner or you are a professional snowboarder, there is something for everyone in Whistler.
If you love the nightlife then you’ll also find something here. Filled with a younger crowd, Whistler is home to some of the most prestigious bars that you’ll ever find in a snow resort, so if you are looking for a little more than just powder, you’ll find it right here.
Maybe not very well-known, but Chevalier is still an absolutely lovely spot. I’m lucky enough to have friends who own a chalet just around the corner from here and in winter time it’s an incredibly popular area with families and couples alike. As one of the lesser-known resorts in France, you don’t run the risk of it being so busy that you can’t get a clear run down the mountain, but at the same time you do get to benefit from some great snow.
Chevalier is certainly not short of runs or space, as it takes up a fair part of the French Alps. You can be guaranteed of long snow seasons and a decent amount of snow each time.
Davos – Switzerland
Absolutely my favourite snowboarding resort and I been coming here since a child. If you do have a few extra pounds to spend, then Davos is a great place to head to. Davos is often overlooked, due to the high cost of accommodation and the price for snowboarding here, but at the same time, it is one of those places where you really do get what you pay for. Davos is a popular choice for experienced snowboarders and people who are looking to get started alike, as the snow in Davos is hard to beat.
Citations: Image by Sean Molin