Western Europe

Andorra

“No longer the bargain basement of countries to visit, with the modern lifts and linked areas has come increased prices, but its still below what you would pay in the Alps”

Austria

“A year round snowboarding destination, and set amongst the mostly mellow resorts are a few truly hardcore destinations. This is the country to head for if you are looking for mad apres ski, or the country to avoid if you're not”

Highlights

Freeriding

St Anton - Awesome off-piste but don't hang around

Lech - A few trees and fantastic off-piste

Freestyle

Mayrhofen - Amazing park

Nordpark - Superpipe, superquaterpipe...

Pistes

St Anton - Wide, long and some very testing slopes

Ischgl - Nice wide, well maintained

Belgium

Cyprus

“One small resort built originally by the British Army, but you'd best remember that you are on an island floating in the med so what do you expect?”

France

“Not exactly known for its delightful mountain architecture or willingness to allow foreigners to teach, but you can't argue with the amazing resorts this country has to offer”

Highlights

Freeriding

Chamonix - Tree runs & amazing off-piste

Avoriaz - Tree runs & some good off-piste

Freestyle

Avoriaz - Excellent Parks & half-pipe

Les Deux Alpes - Park & half-pipe

Pistes

Courchevel - Pisted to perfection

Les Arcs - Pisted to perfection

Germany

“Lots of low level resorts which are great for a slide if you're in the area but only really a few that are really worth making a trip for”

Greece

Italy

“Cheaper than the rest of the Alps and plenty of fantastic resorts to visit, even though many take a while to reach.”

Highlights

Freeriding

Courmayeur - Some tree runs & good off-piste

Canazei - A few trees & good off-piste

Freestyle

Livigno - Very good terrain parks

Alpe Di Siusi - Excellent terrains parks

Pistes

Cortina - Well-groomed smooth pistes

Passo Tonale - Lots of wide groomed pistes

Liechtenstein

Netherlands

Portugal

Spain

Highlights

Freestyle

Sierra Nevada - New huge park and halfpipe

Switzerland

“Switzerland works like the proverbial cuckoo clock, but amongst the organised sensibleness of the country lies some amazing resorts with a refreshing attitude on snowboarding and freeriding.”

Highlights

Freeriding

Verbier - Freeride paradise

Nendaz - Big off piste

Freestyle

Laax - 2 terrain parks & huge halfpipe

Davos - Good pipes and parks

Pistes

Verbier - Pistes in all shapes and sizes

Davos - Huge and varied run selection

United Kingdom

“As a whole, it's more about the fridges and the carpets than the real stuff, but with good conditions and ideally mid-week, Scotland can suprise”

Highlights

Freestyle

Halifax Ski Centre - Permanent features, excellent kicker

Tamworth Snowdome - Good jibs / crap jumps