With some help from worldsnowboardguide.com we’ve found the best places to board this winter.
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Details: Mammoth’s slopes can get busy on the weekends, but it’s one of the biggest resorts in America with over 150 trails. No matter your style or ability, there’s plenty to do on the 3,500 acres the mountain provides.
Location: Vail, CO
Details: The terrain park has 3 halfpipes and 12 runs. It’s open to skiers, though is frequented almost exclusively by snowboarders. Throughout the season there’s such a variety of terrain, and so much of it that you can find small areas of unridden powder weeks after the last snowfall.
Location: Bend, OR area
Details: This dormant volcano is a unique place to board. It is conical-shaped with seven high-speed quads, which offers 360 degree access to the whole area. Worldsnowboardguide.com said, “Chutes and gullies created long ago by lava flows gives the terrain a shape and contour found in few other places.”
Mount Hood Meadows
Location: Mount Hood, OR
Details: It’s hard to get lost on Mount Hood. You can spend a whole day taking different lines, but know that you are not too far from where you started. There is basic novice terrain as well as
Location: Bellingham, WA
Details: Due to Mt. Baker’s isolation, large crowds are seldom seen. In fact, if you go mid-week you’ll almost have the place to yourself. The slopes span two mountains, with both providing the opportunity to ride steeps and deep powder.
Location: Olympic Valley, CA
Details: Squaw is one of the best-known snowboarder’s resorts in the Tahoe area. It provides 4000 acres of open bowl riding, 6 peaks, 30 lifts, 3 fun parks, a halfpipe, and a total capacity of 49,500 people per hour, you’ll definitely want to make your way here this year.
Location: Jackson Hole, WY
Details: Jackson is a high peaked mountain resort that is located in a large valley 10-40 miles wide and 50 miles long. Much of the terrain is rated black, offering some steep sections with trees and long chutes.
Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Details: Heavenly has over 40 years of operation under its belt, as well as some of the largest snowboard/ski acreage in the US. Heavenly is not just for the professionals – there is something here for everyone – but the slopes do favor intermediate and advanced riders.
Location: Avon, CO
Details: Though a little expensive, the rolling runs here cater to everyone from beginners to pros, and is definitely worth your time this season.
Did we miss your favorite place to board? If so, let us know and we’ll add it to the list!