Are you a snowboarding enthusiast looking for the perfect European destination? Europe offers a plethora of breathtaking locations for snowboarders of all levels. From the majestic peaks of the Austrian Alps to the charming slopes of Sweden, here are the top 5 picks of best places to snowboard in Europe.
1. VERBIER, SWITZERLAND
Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Verbier is a mecca for freeride snowboarders. With its vast terrain and legendary off-piste opportunities, this Alpine paradise attracts thrill- seekers from around the globe. The alpine village is also the home to the Freeride World Tour Grand Finals since 2006. Verbier, Val de Bagnes and La Tzoumaz combine to offer boarders a total of 300 km² of fun and adventure. Don’t miss the chance to experience the world-famous backcountry routes from Bec des Rosses.
2. ST. ANTON, AUSTRIA
For the best of both worlds – freeriding and après-ski – the crown goes to St. Anton. One of the eight resorts that forms the largest ski area in the country, St. Anton not only has excellent terrain and top infrastructure, but is also not criminally expensive. With 200km of off-piste and 300km of groomed slopes, boarders can easily return every winter and find new routes. Besides live music and partying on the slopes, St. Anton’s huge variety of fine- dining options to cozy local restaurants makes you spoilt for choice.
3. CHAMONIX, FRANCE
Nestled in the French Alps, Chamonix is renowned as one of the most iconic snowboarding destinations in Europe. With its stunning panoramic views of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, Chamonix offers a diverse range of slopes suited for beginners and seasoned riders alike. From the gentle slopes of Le Tour to the challenging black runs of Grands Montets, there’s something for everyone in this winter wonderland.
4. ÅRE, SWEDEN
If you’re seeking a unique snowboarding experience, look no further than Åre in Sweden. This charming alpine village is surrounded by stunning landscapes and offers a wide range of slopes suitable for all levels. From family-friendly bunny hills to challenging black runs, Åre has it all. Don’t miss the chance to visit the world-renowned Snowpark and test your skills on the freestyle jumps and rails.
5. ZERMATT, SWITZERLAND
Situated beneath the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is a snowboarder’s paradise. With its extensive network of pistes and off-piste opportunities, this Swiss resort offers endless adventures for riders of all abilities. Whether you’re a freestyle enthusiast looking to hit the terrain parks or an adrenaline junkie seeking steep and challenging descents, Zermatt has it all.
Europe is pretty huge indeed and we’ve only managed to touch on resorts in 4 countries. Lesser-known neighbours like Spain, Norway, Slovenia and Bulgaria, also have lots to offer, especially if you’re looking for places that are not too crowded. Après-ski in Europe is hands down probably the best in the world, simply because Europeans certainly know how to party and have an awesome time!