Best snowboarding resorts in the World

We've crunched the numbers, done the sums, totted up all our stats, and these have come out overall as the best snowboarding resorts in the World. They each offer something for all levels as well as that little bit of magic to set them apart.

#1. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada

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 Blackcomb Glacier.


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#2. Mammoth Mountain, USA

Award winning parks & pipes, great freeriding, but try and avoid weekends.


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#3. St Anton, Austria

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 year.


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#4. Mount Hood Meadows, USA

Full-on freerider's resort offering great, open and tree-lined terrain with crowd-free slopes suited to novices. Good but very basic local services.


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#5. Mount Bachelor, USA

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 terrain as being...


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#6. Verbier, Switzerland

Extremely good resort with some of the best extreme terrain in Switzerland and the world for that matter.


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#7. Chamonix, France

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 car.


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#8. Mt Baker, USA

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 town


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#9. Davos, Switzerland

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 masses.


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#10. Vail, USA

Absolutely fantastic mountain offering great riding for ever style and level of rider. Great local services in and around the resort with lots going on.


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#11. Serre Chevalier, France

One of the best resorts in France. Great freeriding with powder and full-on, freestyle terrain. Shame it's pricey and packed with skiers.


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#12. Les Arcs, France

A great all round resort with lots of off-piste and powder, and perfect for beginners. A major tourist spot with lively nightlife.


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#13. Ischgl, Austria

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 package.


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#14. Tignes, France

Snow sure, true boarders' moonscape Great all-round resort with something for everyone, no matter what your ability. However, watch out some for long lift queues and crowds during school holidays and weekends.


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#15. Palisades Tahoe, USA

One of the best resorts out there - with snowboarding to suit all levels and styles. Excellent parks, fantastic off piste and good novice slopes. Very good local services too.


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#16. Solden, Austria

Solden is one of Austria's best all round resorts, with some great intermediate terrain, and the craziest apres ski in the alps.


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#17. Laax, Switzerland

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 dump.


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#18. Big White, Canada

Excellent freeriding on crowd-free slopes, with great terrain for all levels. Local facilities are very basic but good. Night life is tame but okay.


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#19. Flims, Switzerland

Excellent riding area


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#20. Jackson Hole, USA

Great resort with lots of challenging terrain offering some excellent backcountry freeriding. Good and friendly local services, although a bit spread out.


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