Just like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location for snowboarders. You can certainly learn the basics and even have a bit of fun going to the same parks and slopes, but visiting some of the top international destinations for snowboarding takes the experience to a whole new level. Here are the top five snowboarding destinations in the world to visit today or put on your bucket list.
The United States holds two positions for the top five snowboarding destinations in the world. Located in Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge is a snow lover’s dream come true. Skiers and snowboarders are enchanted by the breathtaking scenery and incredible slopes. This is where the top snowboarding athletes come to train, so you may rub elbows with a champion from the Olympics or X Games. The area offers five parks that progress in difficulty, and one of the most well-known is a 22-foot half-pipe. Boxes, rails, runs, and bowls are all find in Breckenridge.
Lake Tahoe is a tourism destination, and, as such, it has world-class resorts that now cater to snowboarders – seven in all. The trails include everything from challenging backcountry slopes to parks designed for beginners. The dynamic snow terrain means that each trip that you take to Lake Tahoe has a distinctive and unique flair that will keep you coming back for more.
If you want epic, check out Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Getting to the slopes requires a long drive through impressive mountains set against a cobalt blue sky. There are more than eight acres of ski area that includes 200 trails with 37 lifts. The terrain provides vertical drops of more than 5,000 feet, and you can even snowboard on one of the three natural glaciers. New snowboarders don’t have to be daring thanks to the groomed runs at Whistler Blackcomb.
Japan rarely comes to mind when it comes to snowboarding, but the country has one destination that deserves attention – Hokkaido, located on a northern island. This is a little-known secret in the snowboarding world, and the pros would prefer to keep it that way. Snowfall is constant, so you always have a nice layer of powder.
New Zealand gives snowboarders the best of both worlds – snow and beach. Wanaka offers established trails for all experience. Some are offered by resorts, but you can also find some nice local trails. While you are there, venture into the landscape to discover a contrast of magnificent waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, and any other ideal setting for an adventurer.