Best resorts in May

In May most of the resorts are closed, even many of the high altitude ones have closed their doors at the end of April. However you'll still find some resorts still open, and some will extend their season if conditions allow. Riding area is very limited and if there are any runs down to the villages open, then it'll be a thin strip of snow and you'll be sliding past bemused looking cows.

1.  Mammoth Mountain , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Award winning parks & pipes, great freeriding, but try and avoid ...”

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

2.  Livigno , Italy

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ With an amazing park, open terrain, illegal but accessible off-piste, a warm Italian reception, and prices far cheaper than most other resorts in western Europe, Livigno is one excellent Italian ...”

Freeriding

70%

Some sweet off-piste but illegal

Freestyle

90%

Very good terrain parks

Pistes

70%

Wide crusing runs, good for intermediate

3.  Tignes , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Snow sure, true boarders' moonscape Great all-round resort with something for everyone, no matter what your ability. However, watch out some for long lift queues and crowds during school holidays and ...”

Freeriding

80%

No tree runs but huge off-piste

Freestyle

70%

All year parks & halfpipe

Pistes

76%

Open motorway cruisers

4.  Kaprun , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Good all-year riding to be ...”

Freeriding

55%

A few Gullies to seek out

Freestyle

50%

An ok terrain park

Pistes

65%

Good slopes but not that testing

5.  Whistler/Blackcomb , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Major riding for all styles and all levels, especially backcountry and amazing park and pipes.But take note: lift queues can be very long, especially at Easter and Christmas. Avoid major holidays if an option and Sundays are quieter than Saturdays, especially on Blackcomb. Great summer riding on ...”

Freeriding

90%

Trees and amazing off-piste

Freestyle

95%

World leader in parks & pipes

Pistes

90%

Huge array of good runs

6.  Kaunertal , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Like a big resort but with all the crap bits removed and open long after the others ...”

Freeriding

80%

Some good off-piste opportunities

Freestyle

85%

Maybe Austrias best park & good natural

Pistes

50%

Not vast

7.  Zermatt , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Zermatt is an extremely good resort with some excellent freering terrain set in an incredible location. Nightlife is decent but you need to bring yours and someone elses wallet with ...”

Freeriding

85%

Some trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

65%

All year terrain parks and good natural

Pistes

60%

Lots of cat tracks

8.  Val Thorens , France

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Tacky with loads of skiers, but access to great ...”

Freeriding

75%

No tree runs but good off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Terrain park and halfpipe

Pistes

74%

Busy but decnt slopes

9.  Alyeska , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ An excellent resort with great freeriding that will please freeriders of all levels. There is a high level of good local facilities within easy reach of the ...”

Freeriding

75%

Tree runs & some excellent off-piste

Freestyle

55%

Terrain park & good natural

Pistes

58%

for the more advanced riders

10.  Andermatt , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Excellent small freeriders ...”

Freeriding

73%

A few trees & great off-piste

Freestyle

55%

A terrain park & cool natural

Pistes

70%

Good slopes

11.  Kuhtai , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Excellent small resort with something for ...”

Freeriding

70%

Some easy but hike for the best

Freestyle

60%

Pretty nice park, gets sun later in day

Pistes

60%

very nice piste with the right steepnes

12.  Trysil , Norway

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Great for a few days Excellent for the ...”

Freeriding

25%

Some trees, but limited off-piste

Freestyle

65%

Terrain park & 2 halfpipes

Pistes

60%

Great place to learn

13.  Laax , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Excellent snowsure resort with a good long season. The slopes are great for freestylers and freeriders alike, as well as suiting beginners. The resort can be slack at opening lifts and the off-piste gets tracked out within hours of a ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

85%

2 terrain parks & huge halfpipe

Pistes

80%

Great condition & variety

14.  Riksgransen , Sweden

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Midnight freeriding near the artic circle, beat ...”

Freeriding

75%

No trees but great off-piste

Freestyle

52%

No park, but good natural

Pistes

40%

Short & sweet

15.  Saas Fee , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Sass-Fee is a great summer snowboard destination, but because of it's extremely high altitude it can be sketchy in winter. Local services are great with a really good vibe in the ...”

Freeriding

70%

Good but be vary of the cravasses

Freestyle

70%

A good park and pipe

Pistes

70%

Lot's of options

16.  Hintertux , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Great open pistes and a good summer ...”

Freeriding

60%

No trees but fair bit of off-piste

Freestyle

65%

A park & a half-pipe

Pistes

75%

Huge motorway pistes