Snowboarder’s needs are different from skiers and Skiworld know that. More than half of our seasonnaire staff in resorts across the Alps are snowboarders and many of us here at head office are too. The holy trinity of great snow, minimal cat-tracks and absolutely no button or drags may seem like just a fantasy, but it might be more real than you thought…
Home to six snow parks, including Jake Burton’s Eco Park, and one specifically for kids, Avoriaz is a proving ground for many a budding snowboarder. With such a vast choice of parks, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular choice, but there’s also excellent freeriding across a variety of terrain – tree glades, powder bowls and the spectacular pistes of the Portes du Soleil.
The skiing and snowboarding in Val D’Isere is of course world-class. With easy links to Tignes and plenty of piste variety. The runs down into resort can be challenging, however boarders won’t find too many flats and the lack of button lifts is a bonus. If you’re a beginner snowboarder (or skier) there are plenty of cruisy runs to keep you occupied on the Solaise side and easily accessible off-piste.
Being the family friendly resort it is, La Plagne is great to learn both skiing and snowboarding. It’s size also means there is of course lots of scope to improve and challenge yourself. The majority of pistes are red and blue with the added option of heading to any of the three boarder cross courses or four freestyle parks.
For snowboarders, the pull of St Anton is more for freeriding and exploring than park riding (although the St Anton Park is really good with a variety of slopestyle lines, kickers, rails and other features). The interconnected Arlberg area boasts over 300km of piste, but the 200+km of un-pisted ‘itinerary’ runs or ‘ski routes’ is where it really shines. Explore the Mattun, Mattunjoch or any one of countless itinerary routes and experience the thrill of a steep powder descent 1st hand.
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