Best places to snowboard in North America

We think these are the best 10 resorts overall to visit North America.

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

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

3.  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

4.  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

5.  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

6.  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!

7.  Big White , Canada

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Excellent freeriding on crowd-free slopes, with great terrain for all levels. Local facilities are very basic but good. Night life is tame but ...”

Freeriding

80%

Trees and good backcountry

Freestyle

85%

Impressive parks & pipes

Pistes

80%

Well prepared slopes

8.  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

9.  Squaw Valley , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Great all-round resort with snowboarding to suit all levels and styles. Excellent halfpipe and good novice slopes. Very good local ...”

Freeriding

79%

Trees & some extreme off-piste

Freestyle

70%

2 parks & halfpipe

Pistes

77%

good go anywhere runs

10.  June Mountain , USA

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Small but perfectly formed and unfortunately closed for the 2012/13 season ...”

Freeriding

52%

Trees & some off-piste

Freestyle

90%

3 terrain park & halfpipe

Pistes

78%

quiet slopes