Best snowboarding resorts in the World

In our opinion these are the best overall resorts in the world for snowboarding, and offer something for all levels as well as that little bit of magic to set them apart.

1.  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

2.  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

3.  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

4.  Verbier , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Extremely good resort with some of the best extreme terrain in Switzerland and the world for 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

5.  St Anton , Austria

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ By far the best freeriders resort in Austria and backed up by a world class village. It all comes at quite a price and the British invasian is leaving it less Austrian every ...”

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.  Serre Chevalier , France

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ One of the best resorts in France. Great freeriding with powder and full-on, freestyle terrain. Shame it's pricey and packed with ...”

Freeriding

80%

Great tree runs & good off-piste

Freestyle

72%

Parks & 2 halfpipes

Pistes

76%

Lots of trees & open pistes

7.  Vail , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Absolutely fantastic mountain offering great riding for ever style and level of rider. Great local services in and around the resort with lots going ...”

Freeriding

77%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

76%

3 parks & halfpipe

Pistes

75%

confusing layout but immaculate

8.  Mount Bachelor , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Full-on freeriders resort offering great open and tree-lined riding on crowd free slopes ideal for all levels. Excellent local facitities of a high quality. Bachelor may not be steep but it makes up for this with awesome wind-enhanced terrain and decent parks. Some have described the Bachelor ...”

Freeriding

75%

Trees & good off-piste

Freestyle

76%

3 Terrain parks & a halfpipe

Pistes

75%

Lots of well pisted long trails

Beginners

75%

Great slopes to learn on

9.  Mount Hood Meadows , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Full-on freerider's resort offering great, open and tree-lined terrain with crowd-free slopes suited to novices. Good but very basic local ...”

Freeriding

75%

A few tree runs & good off-piste

Freestyle

76%

Terrain parks & halfpipe

Pistes

75%

good mix, but short advanced runs

Beginners

75%

Easy slopes and good school

10.  Chamonix , France

Snowboard Guide rating 10 out of 10 “ Chamonix offers some truly excellent freeriding and great natural freestyle terrain. It's not great for beginners and can suffer if there's not much snow. It's rough round the edges - but therein lies its charm. If you can, wait until there's fresh snow then jump in your ...”

Freeriding

95%

Tree runs & amazing off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Half-pipe but great natural

Pistes

60%

Spread out & ungroomed slopes

Beginners

50%

Too rough round the edges