Best Snowboarding Destinations

Whether you are looking for deep powder or fast hills, there are plenty of great snowboarding destinations around the world.  The sport has picked up a lot of steam in the past 20 years so riders don’t have to rely on ski resorts having only 1 run where snowboards are allowed. Now you have some great options, here are the best snowboarding destinations that you need to try. 

Snowbird, Utah

Snowbird has more than 4700 acres of snowboard and skiable slopes for you to try. There are different levels of difficulty but here is where you will find the most vertical terrain in the US if you want some serious speed.  The snow is light and deep yet the terrain is easily accessible.  The resort will give you a tour of the mountain but this is tourist central so expect crowds.

Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia

Located in the Rocky Mountains on Canada’s west coast, people come from all over the globe to snowboard here.  This was one of the first places in North America to allow snowboarders so it holds some sentimental value among boarders.  There are 5 different parks all with different levels of difficulty but make no mistake they are all pro terrains.  There is everything you could want here in a resort, but beware it is going to be crowded.   Here is a look at some of the runs.

Chamonix, France

It is time to head across the water and check out some of the European destinations and one of the best among them is Chamonix.  This run is not for the fainthearted but if you want to free ride and love adventure then there is nothing better.  You have Mont Blanc in the background as you try the glacial runs, couloirs and a half pipe.  This is a popular destination for snowboarders and skiers alike so don’t be surprised if you find yourself on the same hill as an Olympian. 

Verbier, Switzerland

If you are an expert boarder then Verbier needs to be on your bucket list if it isn’t already.  Located in the Four Valleys you can get lifts to Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz and Val de Bagnes so there are no shortage of runs.  Consider getting a guide to show you some of the best runs.  If you want steep and dangerous then try the cable car ride up Mont Gele where you can get some serious speed.  This attracts extreme boarders from all over the world and there is a world class après ski the resorts that makes the trip worth it.  

What to Wear Snowboarding

Every sport has its own set of clothing that are designed to keep you safe and comfortable while you are participating in that sport.  Snowboarding is no exception, you need the right gear or you will freeze not to mention hurt yourself on the slopes.  Sports clothing doesn’t just protect you most are designed to enhance your performance as well.  Any sport where speed is a factor has clothing designed to be aerodynamic and to protect you from wind.  If you are wondering what to wear snowboarding,you start with layers. 

First Layer

The first layer of clothing that you put on is next to your body, (underwear, socks and t-shirts) and it is meant to keep you warm, you want warm air next to your body and you want to wick away any sweat or moisture.  Right off the bat you don’t want anything made of cotton.  Look for a synthetic material that is designed to do just that, polypropylene will keep you warm but not sweaty.  How thick your clothing will be depends on how cold it is outside.  On really cold days make the inner layer one with a lot of insulation.

Middle Layer

The middle layer is also designed to keep you warm and well insulated.  On this layer you can wear things like fleece or wool sweaters.  There are other synthetic materials that you can buy at a sporting goods store that will help keep you warm and repel moisture if you start to sweat.  You want to be able to remove this layer if it gets too warm. 

The Outer Layer

This is the snowsuit or ski suit that you wear on the slopes.  You want it to be made from a windproof material like nylon or something similar.  If you can get gear that is breathable then so much the better.  In this layer you need materials that aren’t too bulky and allow you to move your arms and legs freely so that you maintain your balance when on your snowboard. 

You also need some safety equipment which will include an good pair of gloves or mittens and a hat.  You lose heat through your extremities first so invest in some really good gloves. Get a hat that fits snugly to your head and can go under your helmet easily.  You might also want to get a good pair of goggles that can protect your eyes.  The sun is extremely bright reflecting off the snow and there is a lot of wind.  The last thing you need is a good pair of snow boots that fit well and keep your feet warm. 

There you have it, now you’re ready to hit the slopes and have some fun!