Best resorts in November

In November the major resorts are starting to open limited terrain and the glacier and high altitude resorts are in full swing

1.  St Moritz , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ A bit posh in town but fantastic snowboarding. Best to avoid Corviglia and head to nearby Corvatsch or Diavolezza where the Freeriding is ...”

Freeriding

85%

Some incredible backcountry

Freestyle

60%

Basic park & no pipe but decent natural

Pistes

80%

Great pistes everywhere

2.  Breckenridge , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ Despite being an expensive location, this is a super good resort with great snowboard terrain, and excellent local services. If you want to ride an amazing park with something for every one and which is groomed and maintained daily, this is the place to ...”

Freeriding

60%

Plenty of trees and good steeps

Freestyle

95%

Top 5 parks in the USA. Small to Big

Pistes

70%

Good range , easy to hard groomed daily

Beginners

65%

Lots of good beginner slopes

3.  Pitztal , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Snowsure resort with a good ...”

Freeriding

70%

No trees just untraked powder fields

Freestyle

60%

A half-decent park

Pistes

60%

Well maintained never icy slopes

4.  Solden , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Solden is one of Austria's best all round resorts, with some great intermediate terrain, and the craziest apres ski in the ...”

Freeriding

75%

Some tree runs and pretty good off-piste

Freestyle

55%

Small terrain park, and poor natural

Pistes

70%

Good for intermediates but not testing

5.  Cervinia , Italy

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Amazing views of the Matterhorn and plenty of long easy and intermediate pistes but nothing hardcore, and mostly above tree level. Links up to Zermatt so plenty of terrain to ...”

Freeriding

60%

Very open terrain but no trees

Freestyle

60%

A pretty good and well maintained park

Pistes

60%

Some very flat bits

6.  Garmisch , Germany

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ A tale of two mountains; one okay with a decent park, the other annoyingly flat in many ...”

Freeriding

60%

Some tree runs but limited off-piste

Freestyle

65%

Large park, no halfpipe

Pistes

55%

Flat, crisscrossing trails

7.  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

8.  Crested Butte , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 8 out of 10 “ The dog's balls for backcountry riding, steeps and cliffs, but also a piste-loving carver's destination and good for beginners. Free skiing from 25th Nov until the 15th of Dec. Good and friendly local ...”

Freeriding

95%

Some of the best extremes in the USA

Freestyle

60%

New park & superpipe for 2010

Pistes

75%

Boasts 'Colorado's Best Corduroy'

9.  Davos , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ The best overall resort in Switzerland offering something for everyone. Huge pisted area and excellent freeriding spread across 5 mountains, and not to mention the terrain park and 2 halpipes. Direct train services and good local services complete the package, but go mid-week to avoid the ...”

Freeriding

90%

Trees and excellent off-piste

Freestyle

80%

Good pipes and parks

Pistes

85%

Huge and varied run selection

10.  Lake Louise , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Excellent freeriding on four mountain faces, slap bang in the heart of the Canadian Rockies giving a sense of true remoteness. Nightlife here is limited, however Banff (population 8000) is located a 45 minute drive away and provides a livelier after hill scene. A 'Tri-Area Lift Ticket' lift pass ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

A terrain park and pipe

Pistes

75%

Well pisted and long

11.  Mt Baker , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Legendary snowboarder's resort with ample diverse terrain to suit all styles and levels. You'll need a car to get around the basic but laid back ...”

Freeriding

90%

some tree runs & epic off-piste

Freestyle

50%

a small park, but its all about nature

Pistes

60%

Not really what its about

Beginners

60%

No bars on the lifts!

12.  Mammoth Mountain , USA

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

Freeriding

76%

Some trees and good off-piste

Freestyle

95%

3 Parks and 3 halfpipes

Pistes

80%

Imaculate and varied runs

Beginners

80%

Great beginner area and top tuition

13.  Molltaler Glacier , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Open pretty much all year, but is often closed due to bad weather. Limited off-piste due to the rocks and crevaces, but perfect for ...”

Freeriding

60%

Some good areas if you know where

Freestyle

35%

Small park and limited natural

Pistes

70%

Not steep, but some wide slopes

14.  Park City , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Good freeriders ...”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

4 terrain parks & a halfpipe

Pistes

75%

Lots of decent slopes

15.  Engelberg , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Long runs with a good vertical descent, long season, pretty compact town all add up to a good place to play for a ...”

Freeriding

75%

Good but dangerous

Freestyle

60%

Small park

Pistes

65%

Long runs

16.  Obergurgl , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Good sedate carvers & wrinkleys resort with a excellent snow ...”

Freeriding

48%

No trees but some off-piste

Freestyle

25%

No park or pipe

Pistes

75%

Wide, smooth & plentiful

17.  Hemsedal , Norway

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Norway's best. Good variety of runs, a great park, cool but expensive ...”

Freeriding

70%

Trees and some good backcountry

Freestyle

75%

3 terrain parks and 2 pipes

Pistes

0%

Well pisted -although short, easy slopes

18.  Geilo , Norway

Snowboard Guide rating 5 out of 10 “ Basic but ...”

Freeriding

30%

Trees but no real off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Terrain park & halfpipe

Pistes

55%

Well groomed short pistes

19.  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

20.  Ischgl , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Ischgl has plenty of good wide intermediate slopes, and hidden off-piste stashes. A super fast lift system, a season that lasts until May, great terrain park, and the most full on apres in the Alps, completes the ...”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

75%

Great Park

Pistes

80%

Nice wide, well maintained