Best places to snowboard in Western Europe

Here's our opinion of the best 10 places to snowboard in Western Europe.

1.  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

2.  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

3.  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

4.  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

5.  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

6.  Avoriaz , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Good resort with excellent freeriding and carving areas. The main problem with Avoriaz are the crowds and long lift ...”

Freeriding

80%

Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

85%

Excellent Parks & half-pipe

Pistes

80%

Plenty of good slopes

7.  Flims , Switzerland

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ Excellent riding ...”

Freeriding

85%

Trees & some good off-piste

Freestyle

80%

2 terrain parks & 2 halfpipes

Pistes

80%

Great condition & variety

8.  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

9.  Les Arcs , France

Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “ A great freeriders resort with lots of off-piste and powder, plus natural hits to explore. A major tourist spot with lively ...”

Freeriding

76%

Tree runs & excellent off-piste

Freestyle

70%

Park & half-pipe

Pistes

85%

Pisted to perfection

10.  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