Snowboarding is a sport for all ages and all abilities, so we’ve collected the best destinations for beginner and expert snowboarders.
Kartalkaya, Black Sea Region, Turkey
Kartalkaya has reliable snow coverage from early December to late March
Kartalkaya has kept a low-profile over the years but recently this pine tree-dotted resort in the Koroglu National Park has been attracting more and more snowboarders. Part of the reason for this is the choice of runs and pistes, with over 20km of slopes available and facilities for snowboarders of all levels.
Best time of year to visit: There is reliable snow coverage from early December to late March.
Defrost your toes at: Villa Neva Hotel
Yuzawa, Niigata, Japan
The ski lifts at the Yuzawa resort in Niigata
The Japanese region of Yuzawa is known as ‘yukiguni’ or ‘snow country’ and, as the most convenient winter sports location within travel distance of Tokyo, the Yuzawa ski resort attracts both local and international visitors of all experience levels. The town itself has remained free of tourist developments so visitors can quickly immerse themselves in the tight-knit snowboarding community.
Best time of year to visit: The season runs from mid-December to early May.
Defrost your toes at: Takahan
Mount Buller, Victoria, Australia
The slopes of Mount Buller
Mount Bueller is the closest winter sports resort to Melbourne and the mixed terrain offers something for snowboarders of all abilities. Regular beginner and refresher classes are hosted throughout the week, and the 840 hectares include every kind of slope you could hope for.
Best time of year to visit: The season runs from late July through to the end of August.
Defrost your toes at: Hotel Pension Grimus
Laax, Graubünden, Switzerland
Snow is almost guaranteed at Laax
Laax is one of the world’s most reliable snowboarding regions and with many of its slopes at an altitude between 2,000 and 3,000 metres, snow is almost guaranteed. The ski resorts surrounding this Swiss town cater to snowboarders of all levels, with blue, red and black routes mixed in among 224 km of slopes and four snow parks.
Best time of year to visit: The season runs from mid-December to mid-April.
Defrost your toes at: Posta Veglia
Myoko, Niigata, Japan
After a day on the slopes check out the Myoko hot springs
Myoko’s slopes and resorts are praised by professionals and amateurs as one of the best snowboarding destinations in Asia. At the height of the season (usually the last two weeks of January), the Myoko snow walls can reach over three metres high and throughout the season the area averages four metres of snow. Facilities for beginners and experts are extensive and the nearby hot springs are a great place to relax after a long day on the slopes.
Best time of year to visit: The season is mid-December to early-April
Defrost your toes at: Akakura Wakui Hotel
Les Menuires, Rhône-Alpes, France
A veritable nirvana for aspiring and established snowboarders
When it comes to winter sports in the French Alps recent years have seen the emergence of the neighbouring area of Les Menuires as a veritable nirvana for aspiring and established snowboarders. Favourite blue runs among visitors include the Boulevard Cumin and the Pluviometre, although the scenery surrounding Les Menuires is naturally beautiful enough that many boarders skip the chairlifts, preferring to walk and take it all in.
Best time of year to visit: February is the high-season in Les Menuires.
Defrost your toes at: Chalet Hotel Kaya
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top destinations endorsed for ‘snowboarding’ by travellers.