Our Top 3 Snowboarding Resorts
A few years ago snowboarding was the fastest growing sport in the USA. Its popularity and the design of the boards even led to the shortening of traditional skis in order to give skiers an enhanced performance. As the first European snow is due in just a few months time, we thought we’d share our top European snowboarding resort recommendations with you. It’s not just the Aspen Travel team who rate them highly, the World Snowboard Guide also featured these resorts in their top 10. Get the low down and then beat the crowds to our most impressive chalets at our most impressive autumn rates.
Davos is so 2014. Austrias St Antons region is where it’s at this year. The slopes there are among the best in the world for freeriding and as if that wasn’t enough, this lively village has world class appeal. We’ve got two top accommodation recommendations for your Austrian ski experience, both of them provided by an associate of ours, the popular tour operator, Mark Warner.
If you’re travelling with friends, check out the Mark Warner Chalethotel Rosana. It’s lively, sociable and available for adults only, so you won’t have to worry about behaving yourself in front of the kids! It’s close to the town centre and provides you with pizza and a nightlife on demand, as Scotty’s Bar and Pizzeria is just next door.
For those travelling with their families, the chalethotel Schweizerhof is perfect. Geared up for children, it offers childcare and a crche, plus its location in Nasserein is a lot quieter than the heart of St Antons. You won’t need to worry about the kids being woken up by loud aprs ski parties after bedtime. Mums and dads can also take the opportunity to enjoy the relaxation of the steam and sauna rooms.
Chamonix’s natural terrain is well known among snowboard freeriding specialists. It’s one to work up to if you’re just starting out in the sport, but seasoned snowboarders are charmed by this resort’s rough edges and challenging slopes. Our booking partner, Club Med, provides our favourite accommodation in the area. Chamonix Club Med is located centrally in the French Alps and boasts a view of Mont Blanc, as well as an unrivalled, high octane atmosphere. If you didnt know it before you before you arrive here, youll certainly find out very quickly – Chamonix is a magnet for adrenaline junkies. After a long day on the slopes, you can burn off your excess energy in the vibrant bars and restaurants, but please be assured that there are plenty of places to relax and unwind as well.
Did somebody ask about carving? Avoriaz offers great carving and freeriding opportunities, served with an alpine bucketful of rustic charm sprinkled over the mountain backdrop. You’ll be taking a horse-drawn sleigh up to your Avoriaz Club Med accommodation, because no cars are permitted in the pedestrianised town area. Other nearby attractions include a water park, an ice rink and a natural spa, as well as a great night out in the various bars and restaurants.
If you’d like to find out more about any of the great snowboarding resorts featured here, as well as the best price you can pay for them, please give our snowboarding-mad Aspen Travel team a call.