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How to Plan the Perfect Snowboarding Vacation

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Snowboarding VacationWhile skiers used to rule the slopes, more and more people are now sliding over the slopes on snowboards. In some areas, snowboarders seem to be taking over the slopes completely. Some skiers are now dabbling in snowboarding, but many boarders are new to the slopes. Before taking up snowboarding, they never really enjoyed the cold, wet snow. The board has brought them out of hiding in the winter months and given them a form of physical activity they find enjoyable. If you may be among them this winter, make sure to consider the condition of the slopes before you head out for those first runs.

Snowboarding Vacation Resorts

Whether snowboarding is your only vacation goal or just one element of your vacation, you can’t go wrong by visiting a resort. Many will offer snowboarding lessons, so you don’t have to teach yourself how to board. Most states in the U.S. that get a lot of snow will have resorts dotted along their terrain, especially those near mountain ranges. Not only do these resorts offer snowboarding opportunities, but they offer a variety of sports suitable to the mounds of wet, white snow.

Some of the more popular areas in the U.S. include:

  • Squaw Valley, California
  • Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Moonlight Basin, Montana
  • Heavenly, Nevada
  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Utah is one of the biggest states for snowboarding. You can find resorts all across the state and many are perfectly suited for planning a snowboarding vacation. Some of the best resorts include:

  • Deer Valley
  • The Canyons
  • Snowbird
  • Park City

Colorado is another big state for snowboarders. This is the capital of winter resorts in the United States, so you will never struggle to find an open resort. Whether you just want to snowboard or you want to pack in adventures on skis and explore other winter sports as well, you will find it all in this state. Aspen is the most popular area in the state, but some of the top resorts across the state include:

  • Snowmass
  • Copper Mountain
  • Crested Butte
  • Keystone
  • Breckenridge
  • Tulluride
  • Steamboat Springs
  • Vail
  • Winter Park
  • Beaver Creek

If you are traveling in Canada, look for resorts in Lake Louise and Whistler.

Preparing for a Snowboarding Vacation

You only need two things to have a great snowboarding vacation: the perfect location and the desire to get out there and have fun. If this will be your first time on a snowboard, add the desire to learn something new to that list. There is a lot of excitement and thrill that comes with gliding down a mountain on a board, but this sport can also be dangerous if you don’t have the right snowboarding gear and knowledge.

Make sure to plan a lesson or two before you hit the slopes alone. You have to learn the safety guidelines so you make it back safe and sound. Once you know the basics of the sport, you can have an adventurous snowboardiing vacation without putting your life in danger.

Once you decide which resort you want to visit, try to schedule snowboarding lessons ahead of time. This ensures you get into the lessons soon after arriving, that way you can spend the rest of the time improving your skills.  If you bring all of your gear rather than renting it there, you can hit the slopes immediately without standing around in lines.

The most important rule is to have fun on your snowboarding vacation. Safety comes first, but fun is a close second!

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

The Best Colorado Snowboarding Destinations

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Snowboarding is picking up more fans with each passing year, but that hasn’t changed the fact that skiers are never thrilled to see boards on their trails. If you want to stay away from conflict and go where you are welcome, it is important to identify trails suitable for snowboarders. You will have a better time on trails suitable to boarders and you will enjoy the companionship of many other boarders.

If you want to board in Colorado, there are three destinations that are hot for boarders. Not only do they offer great runs for snowboarding, but they offer a hassle-free environment where boarders are free to explore. So, check out these Colorado snowboarding destinations

Breckenridge Ski AreaBreckenridge

There are just fewer than 150 runs at this destination and the skill levels are scattered to include everyone. Whether you are a pro or a complete beginner, there is a trail for you to explore in Breckenridge.  For the tricksters in the pack, there are three terrain parks, such as Freeway Superpark. This terrain park is the home of a few snowboarding competitions and gets the most attention from boarders in Colorado. There is another terrain park more suitable for beginners, so you don’t have to jump into the big leagues right away.

 

Keystone Ski ResortKeystone

If you are going for an extended stay, hop on a shuttle and hit some runs at Keystone. The tickets are interchangeable between Breckenridge and Keystone, so you can enjoy daytime boarding in Breckenridge then hit up Keystone for the nightlife. The huge historic district is the largest in the state and comes with shopping opportunities, restaurants serving delicious food, and oxygen bars for lively entertainment. Enjoy some party time and get shuttled right to the peaks when it is time to gear up and get serious again.

 

Keystone also offers amusements beyond snowboarding, including:

  • Ice Skating
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Hiking

No matter what time of year it may be, there is something to do at Breckenridge and Keystone.

 

Vail Ski AreaVail

This is one of the largest and most reputable ski resorts in the country and it happens to be perfect for those just exploring snowboarding. They offer quite a few runs just for beginners, plus a school with more than 800 instructors who speak a variety of languages. Those who know what they are doing and want to turn some tricks, there is a terrain park as well.

For boarders with experience, there are many different trails that offer challenge and blood-rushing adventure.  Free shuttles are also offered into town for shopping, dining out, and a few bars to relax in and have a good time.  There are actually hundreds of shops and restaurants, so there is always something to do in Vail.

If you want to visit the best resorts for Colorado snowboarding, pick one of these. All others will leave you disappointed.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 18th, 2011 at 9:36 am

Snowboarding Europe on Any Budget

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Snowboarding Europe Alps ItalyWhat do you do when the temperatures plummet, the snow starts to fall, and you can no longer walk out the front door in flip flops? Many people take vacations or head to vacation homes in locations where flip flops are still appropriate, but others jump for joy and drag out the snowboards. These are the people who love the joys that come with the cold winter season. These are people who will gladly trade their flip flops in for their snowboarding boots, jackets, and goggles.

If you are one of these winter-loving thrill seekers, there is no better place to hit the trails than Europe. No matter what your budget may be, there are destinations just perfect for you. To get your trip planning started, here are just five of the best European snowboarding destinations.

1. Switzerland

From the stunning views of the Alps to the amazing runs and top notch accommodations for visitors, you cannot find a better place to snowboard than Switzerland. The resorts offer packages that can work with any budget, so you don’t have to go broke to put your board on the snow. The tourist offices are nicely designed and staffed, and transportation is never a problem. Top it all off with super friendly people and you see why so many flock to Switzerland to hit the trails every year.

2. Austria

Slip into a world where the modern mingles with the traditional and small chalet villages welcome visitors with open arms. You can reach the daring slopes of the Alps, and there are destinations for low budget as well as high budget snowboarding adventures.   Daytime snowboarding is always full of adventure, but there is nothing like the Alps after dark.

3. Spain

Every year, snowboarders head to northern Spain to hit the trails of the Pyrenees. Besides the challenging and fun trails open to snowboarders, visitors get to immerse themselves in the dynamic culture of Spain for a complete vacation. There are many hotel rooms to be found at affordable prices, so low budget snowboarding is always an option.

4. France

It wasn’t until the 1992 Olympic Games that most people realized France is a great place to hit the slopes. There are some excellent resorts, such as Megeve and Chamonix, where the slopes are perfect for the thrill of snowboarding. What is amazing about these resorts is that you step out the front door directly onto the slopes. No travel required, so you can get in more hours on the trails.

5. Italy

High altitude snowboarders with a true desire to feel their blood pump are now turning to Italy. This hasn’t always been a hot spot for boarders, but the amazing mountains with high altitudes have turned that around. For those with an adventurous spirit and enough skill, this is an excellent snowboarding destination.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 17th, 2011 at 2:12 pm