Like a big resort but with all the crap bits removed and open long after the others close.
Freeride - 80%
Some good off-piste opportunities
Freestyle - 85%
Maybe Austrias best park & good natural
Pistes - 50%
May can be a strange time of the year to go snowboarding. A few of the higher resorts will still be open but in a very limited capacity, and the glacier resorts will still be open, but you're certainly on wind down mode. The glacier resorts tend to close down in May with some getting things sorted for limited summer open.
You can still get lucky and be shredding pow with no one else around, as most people have hung up their snowboards for the season.
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.
Few trees, some good off-piste
Park & half-pipe
Wide motorway pistes
Lots of paths and flat bits
Enough bars to keep you smiling
Some good value facilities
Award winning parks & pipes, great freeriding, but try and avoid weekends.
Decent off-piste and trees runs
Over a dozen parks and 2 pipes
Imaculate and varied runs
Great beginner area and top tuition
Worth the price
Open from September until June, and a great choice for an early or snow sure shred. Good open flat runs, but can get crowded at weekends.
A couple of trees and limited off-piste
Much improved park
Open pretty much all year, but is often closed due to bad weather. Limited off-piste due to the rocks and crevaces, but perfect for beginners
Some good areas if you know where
Small park and limited natural
Not steep, but some wide slopes
Zermatt is an extremely good resort with some excellent freering terrain set in an incredible location. Nightlife is decent but you need to bring yours and someone elses wallet with you.
Some trees and good off-piste
All year terrain parks and good natural
Lots of cat tracks
Sass-Fee is a great summer snowboard destination, but because of it's extremely high altitude it can be sketchy in winter. Local services are great with a really good vibe in the town.
Good but be vary of the cravasses
A good park and pipe
Lot's of options
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.
No tree runs but huge off-piste
All year parks & halfpipe
Open motorway cruisers
Lots of nice safe areas and independent tuition
Some good bars in all the villages
Great option for the budget concious
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.
Some tree runs & good off-piste
Park & Pipe
Plenty of good wide slopes
Great nightlife if you've the cash
Can be done on a budget if you're smart