Best ski resorts for snowboarding

Snowboarding lends itself perfectly to the jumps and rails of a snowpark - that exhilarating feeling of flying into the air with the perfect 360 is hard to beat! Not quite as fun are the long roads and drag lifts, which seem to have been designed way before snowboarding was even a thing. These resorts have invested in snowpark facilities for boarders while avoiding the ancient lift infrastructure and flat runs that drive us crazy.

© Saint Lary Soulan

Nestled in the heart of the Pyrenees, the peaceful resort of Saint Lary Soulan is the perfect choice for freestylers. The huge snowpark is equipped with a half-pipe and divided into three zones according to ability level. Read more...

  • Quiet, family-friendly spa town
  • Sunny slopes
  • Virtually no lift queues
© Avoriaz
France, Avoriaz

One of the first ski resorts to have a real snowboarding culture, Avoriaz continues to set the bar high with its exceptional snowparks and freestyle terrain. Snowboarders will feel right at home both on and off the slopes. Read more...

  • Linked to Portes Du Soleil ski area, 650km of slopes
  • Pedestrianized village centre
  • Young and dynamic atmosphere
© Davos
Switzerland, Davos

The Jakobshorn mountain at Davos has a plethora of snow parks to choose from and is overflowing with kickers, rails and halfpipes for every ability. Afterwards, relax in the whirlpool to beats by international DJ’s. Read more...

  • 215km of pistes in Davos-Klosters ski area
  • Bustling nightlife and après-ski scene
  • Dedicated freestyle mountain, the Jakobshorn
© Serre-Chevalier

Serre-Chevalier is snowboarding heaven. The freestyle-focused ski area has a snow park, a filmed fun course, a boardercross and unique features such as handmade wooden jumps and a natural freestyle course in a coomb. Read more...

  • One of France’s largest single ski areas
  • 7 terrain parks including natural features
  • Some of the best pistes in France
© Laax
Switzerland, Flims/Laax

Flims-Laax has attained cult status in the freestyle world, a distinction recognized by the annual Laax European Open World Snowboard Tour. Check out the many snowparks, world’s longest halfpipe and Olympic-size kicker pro line. Read more...

  • Reliable snow thanks to high altitude and glacier
  • Excellent children’s facilities
  • Classic après-ski atmosphere
© Chamrousse
France, Chamrousse

With multiple snowparks specifically designed for kids and beginners as well as routes designed by Olympic ski cross athlete Marion Josserand, Chamrousse is the perfect jumping-off point for your freestyling career! Read more...

  • Family-friendly
  • Snowparks for every level
  • Pretty tree-lined slopes with beautiful views
© Ischgl
Austria, Ischgl

Massive jumps and breathtaking views await snowboarders at Ischgl, home to one of the biggest snowparks in the Alps. For those who are so inclined, Ischgl is also famous for its deep powder and challenging off-piste terrain. Read more...

  • Record-breaking snowfalls
  • Jam-packed event calendar and awesome nightlife
  • Modern lifts
© Les Arcs
France, Les Arcs

Gain confidence on the Mille8 Le Boarder track, a fun and easy boarder cross with music and artwork along the way. Advanced riders can try their skills at the snowpark, divided into 3 categories from beginner to professional. Read more...

  • Paradiski, second-largest linked ski area in the world
  • Olympic slope with public access
  • Child-friendly with inventive installations for beginners
© Val d'Isère
France, Val d'Isère

The Olympic-calibre Espace Killy ski area puts an emphasis on welcoming freestylers of all levels to join in the fun. The Val d’Isère snowpark features jumps of varying difficulty, plus 25 rails and 3 natural boardercross runs. Read more...

  • World-class, high-altitude ski area
  • Traditional village centre
  • Vibrant après-ski scene
© Chamonix
France, Chamonix

A freerider’s paradise, Chamonix offers an off-piste route through the Vallée Blanche in addition to the excellent snowpark with halfpipe and boardercross. After a long day on the slopes, the après-ski scene will not disappoint. Read more...

  • Stunning views of Mont Blanc
  • Season extends into May
  • Something for every budget