Best places to go snowboarding in France

#1. 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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#2. 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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#3. Les Arcs, France

A great freeriders resort with lots of off-piste and powder, plus natural hits to explore. A major tourist spot with lively nightlife.

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#4. 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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#5. Courchevel, France

Good all-round resort. Miles of groomed piste and natural terrain. An excellent intermediate/advanced resort but expensive. If you're a beginner, save your money and come here when you can fully utilise the whole resort.

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#6. Avoriaz, France

Good resort with excellent freeriding and carving areas. The main problem with Avoriaz are the crowds and long lift queues.

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#7. Val d'Isere, France

Great mountain, expensive town. Overall, Val d'Isere has something for everyone. There's varying terrain for all abilities, some great off-piste and a good snow record but be ready to pay for it. They take card and cash, don't you worry.

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#8. Sainte-Foy, France

Fantastic freeriding when there's fresh snow, but it's no longer an unheard of resort

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#9. La Grave, France

With the right conditions: awesome and deadly

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#10. Les Deux Alpes, France

Decent all-year, all-style resort, with some great carving terrain and good off-piste, but the place can be hellishly busy at weekends and over holidays.

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