Resorts best for hitting the piste

1.  Whistler/Blackcomb , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Carvers and speed freaks will love the deliciously long, wide-open groomers of both mountains. On Blackcomb, Springboard, Rock and Roll and Ridgerunner are a must and Panorama on 7th Heaven features a set of of natural, groomed rollers that will boot you to the gods. On Whistler, cruise down to ...”

Freeriding

90%

Trees and amazing off-piste

Freestyle

95%

World leader in parks & pipes

Pistes

90%

Huge array of good runs

2.  Verbier , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Piste riders who enjoy hacking it down the pistes will love things here. The best run is undoubtedly the long, wide red piste that goes from the top of Attelas all the way back to the Medran lifts. Theres also some cool stuff at Savoleyres and Ruinettes, but no one can argue against the fact that ...”

Freeriding

100%

Freeride paradise

Freestyle

60%

A solid terrain park

Pistes

90%

Pistes in all shapes and sizes

Beginners

50%

Some testing lifts but English tuition

3.  Courchevel , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Piste Lovers will be in hard boot heaven. They reputedly spend £20,000 a night grooming the pistes, so get up for first lifts and you can carve your way down the Saulire, racing the cablecar. When everyone else gets up, head over 1650 for motorway-wide ...”

Freeriding

74%

Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

63%

Park & half-pipe

Pistes

87%

Pisted to perfection

4.  Les Arcs , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ If you like to stick to the piste then youre in luck. Les Arcs is blessed with amazingly well-groomed, wide open pistes. They're generally crowd-free, well most of the time, especially the higher grade runs. Les Arcs' piste lends itself perfectly for big slashing turns. The Mont Blanc piste on ...”

Freeriding

76%

Tree runs & excellent off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Park & half-pipe

Pistes

85%

Pisted to perfection

5.  St Anton , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Everynight, the 31 groomers bash the  moguled slopes to perfection, but the mass of skiers make sure they're moguled again by the end of the day, so you'll only be able to get mach-5 decents in the morning. The variety of pistes is fantastic; from the steep and fast runs down from the Valluga to ...”

Freeriding

95%

Awesome off-piste but don't hang around

Freestyle

60%

Small park but plenty of natural hits

Pistes

85%

Wide, long and some very testing slopes

6.  Davos , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Piste lovers won't be disappointed here with 320km of runs to enjoy. There are loads of long leg burner runs off the Parsenn mountain, the 6 mile red run into the village of Serneus is full-on and you should be carving big style at the end of this one.Madrisa areaPhoto: Steve, ...”

Freeriding

90%

Trees and excellent off-piste

Freestyle

80%

Good pipes and parks

Pistes

85%

Huge and varied run selection

7.  Heavenly , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ PISTES . Riders of the piste are not to be outdone, since Heavenly is a highly rated as a groomed resort. There are plenty of well prepared pistes for laying out big tracks on, such as Liz’s and Big Dipper. The runs down to Stagecoach lodge on Nevada side are great carving ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees & good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

4 Terrain parks & halfpipe

Pistes

82%

Huge number of excellent slopes

8.  Mammoth Mountain , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Riders who like to see where they’ve been and leave their mark in the snow will love Mammoth. The runs are super-well pisted and make for good carving terrain, both for those wanting to go at speed or for the more sedate rider. Check out the trail known as the Saddle ...”

Freeriding

80%

Decent off-piste and trees runs

Freestyle

97%

Over a dozen parks and 2 pipes

Pistes

80%

Imaculate and varied runs

Beginners

80%

Great beginner area and top tuition

9.  Beaver Creek , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Beaver Creek was designed for those who like to Cruise the Blues, and its runs are not only fun to ride but beautiful to watch while riding the lifts, too. To help get from place to place, the resort has carved out the Beaver Creek Express Trail, a long, sloping and winding cat-track that even the ...”

Freeriding

79%

Some cool spots

Freestyle

76%

Good parks & pipe

Pistes

80%

Perfectly groomed

Beginners

75%

Good ski schools

10.  Avoriaz , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Piste hounds will love it here, the resort is as much suited to you as any other rider, with plenty of wide, open slopes for the French hard-booters to lay out a lot of Euro's carves. The reds down Chavanette and Arare are good for cranking it over, as are the reds running down from the Mossette ...”

Freeriding

80%

Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

85%

Excellent Parks & half-pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good slopes

11.  Kimberley , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Piste lovers get the best look-in on Kimberley 's slopes with some decent wide open runs allowing for big arcs. The run marked Main is a fast long burner which brings you out at the main base area, while Flapper is a shorter but faster ...”

Freeriding

65%

Trees and some off-piste

Freestyle

55%

A terrain park

Pistes

80%

Good wide tree runs

12.  Silver Star , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Piste lovers will find this a challenging resort. The Milky Way is an excellent open area where big arcs can be accomplished with ease. However, the steepest carvable pistes are on the North Face slopes are where you'll be put to the test. Most of the Vance Creek area is well maintained but is ...”

Freeriding

70%

Trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

60%

A terrain park

Pistes

80%

Some good testing runs

13.  Obertauern , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Pistes. Advanced riders have plenty of good, testing blacks where carvers can leave some nice lines. Obertauern (c) Reen ...”

Freeriding

75%

Great powder spots without hiking

Freestyle

60%

Good park and some cool natural

Pistes

80%

Great slopes for all abilities

14.  Big White , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ PISTE lovers will enjoy Big White as the terrain is perfect for laying out some big turns, although none of the runs are overly wide. By taking any of the main lifts, such as Ridge Rocket or Bullet, you gain access to some fast slopes. Cougar Alley is full-on and for a long carve you should crank ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and good backcountry

Freestyle

85%

Impressive parks & pipes

Pistes

80%

Well prepared slopes

15.  Ischgl , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ If cruising down beautifully manicured motorway wide pistes is your idea of heaven then you’ve made it to the afterlife here. Even when the resort is heaving, it is easy to escape the crowds and gun it down some of the fast trails, and by the end of the day it’s still not as ...”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

Great Park

Pistes

80%

Nice wide, well maintained

16.  Laax , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ PISTES. There's a good variety of pistes from open slopes at the top to the ones lower down that cut through the trees. They are all very open and wide, but there's nothing too testing but those with balls should try out the long black race run, Crap Sogn, back down to the base station of ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

85%

2 terrain parks & huge halfpipe

Pistes

80%

Great condition & variety

17.  Nendaz , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Piste rides have as much here as any other huge ski area in Europe. For those who like to hoon theres some great pistes, particularly the series of red trails above Siviez and over on the Veysonnaz slopes, where you can shine on your edges at max ...”

Freeriding

90%

Big off piste

Freestyle

60%

Natural rules

Pistes

80%

Have it fast

Beginners

60%

Spralling area

18.  St Moritz , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Riders will find lots of fairly easy and ordinary well pisted runs to cruise down but you should really only be freeriding at this place.  There are a few black runs but nothing really steep although they are all extremely well groomed.Red run from Chamanna to Salastrains on CorvigliaPhoto: Steve, ...”

Freeriding

85%

Some incredible backcountry

Freestyle

60%

Basic park & no pipe but decent natural

Pistes

80%

Great pistes everywhere

19.  Val d'Isere , France

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Riders who dig the piste can tear the place up in between hits, and those of you in hards will be well in with the French Eurocarvers who lay it over whenever they ...”

Freeriding

80%

Some tree runs & good off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Park & Pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good wide slopes

20.  Cortina , Italy

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ The Sella Ronda trail is definitely worth a visit, as is the Canellone, which is a two-planker's race run and the area to cut the snow in style - definitely not for wimps. The slopes in Cortina are well maintained, smooth and easy to follow. There's some very steep sections, no flat "get out and ...”

Freeriding

70%

Good terrain, steep pitches

Freestyle

35%

Small beginner park

Pistes

80%

Well-groomed smooth pistes