Best resorts in October

October can be a bit of a no mans land for snowboarding. A lot of the summer resorts have closed for a spruce up, and most of the winter resorts have yet to open. However these are out top picks

1.  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

2.  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

3.  Stubai Glacier , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Open from September until June, and a great choice for an early or snow sure shred. Good open flat runs, but can get crowded at ...”

Freeriding

58%

A couple of trees and limited off-piste

Freestyle

60%

Much improved park

Pistes

75%

Motorways

4.  Les Deux Alpes , France

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “ Decent all-year, all-style resort, with some great carving terrain and good off-piste, but the place can be hellishly busy at weekends and over ...”

Freeriding

68%

Few trees, some good off-piste

Freestyle

80%

Park & half-pipe

Pistes

70%

Wide motorway pistes

Beginners

60%

Lots of paths and flat bits

5.  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

6.  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

7.  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

8.  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

9.  Ruka , Finland

Snowboard Guide rating 6 out of 10 “ Not a bad place with terrain that allows for freeriding and some really good carving. Great for novices. Good but expensive slope-side ...”

Freeriding

66%

Good for Finland

Freestyle

75%

2 terrain parks and 2 pipes

Pistes

55%

Some good runs

10.  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