While prime snowboarding season is quickly coming to a close, in many areas, snowboarding is enjoyed all year round, giving dedicated boarders all the powder, steep slopes, and beautiful scenery they could ever need. Grab your snowboarding gear and some friends. Here are a few of the best snowboarding destinations in the world.
Hokkaido is Japan’s northern-most island and the country’s largest prefecture. It’s not exactly on most snowboarders’ radar, but Hokkaido is quite the snowboarding paradise. A large percentage of the island’s landscape is covered by mountains and hills, which might not match up to the Rocky Mountains in size but makes up for with snow all year thanks to a unique climate. In winter, in fact, the snow will reach all the way down to the seashores.
Hokkaido’s resorts and facilities are well developed and offer all the amenities you could ever need. Larger resorts feature terrain parks. A few even have half pipes. However, most boarders visit Hokkaido for all that pretty powder. Make sure you pack your snowboard goggles!
Davos is a massive town, filled to the brim with tons of culture and all sorts of hip happenings and gatherings for when you and your friends step off your snowboards. Of course, getting off your board might not be as easy as you think considering the town’s amazing assortment of deep powder, thick forests, large natural vista, half-pipes, night riding opportunities, fun parks, and a boardercross circuit, all contained in 200 miles of extraordinary terrain.
Davos consists of five mountains, so you’ll need to use the bus or train to get around. Fortunately, each mountain has enough going on to keep you entertained for at least a full day. The most popular areas in Davos are Parsenn and Jakobshorn. Parsenn is filled with long pistes and freeride trails. Jakobshorn features the main terrain park and two half-pipes.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Consistently rated as the number one resort in North America, Whistler Blackcomb played host to the Winter Olympics in 2010. The village of Whistler is sandwiched between two massive mountains and offers close proximity to the city of Vancouver.
The resort has everything you could need, whether you’re a beginner or a pro: 37 lifts that give you access to over 8,000 acres of varied terrain, five terrain parks, a superpipe, a boardercross track, amazing backcountry trails, bowls, steeps, and forests. The large crowds are the big downside but only prove how great the area is. To avoid the long queues and raucous crowds, avoid the resort during Christmas and the February half-term/President’s Day weekend.