The United States is home to some of the world's best winter wonderlands that give Whistler and the Alps a run for their money! With everything from family-friendly resorts to off-piste playgrounds, America has hundreds of ski and snowboarding runs to keep you entertained on the slopes all season. The picture-perfect landscapes, buzzing nightlife and epic snowfall across the States make America one of the best places to enjoy boarding throughout the winter months. If you aren't sure which resort to pick, read on to find out about the best places to go snowboarding in America so you can start planning your trip.
The famous snow town of Steamboat Springs is known and loved for its light, fluffy powder (known as champagne powder) and its aspen-lined runs that make for picturesque boarding. Morningside offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding, or you could go for backcountry routes that are popular among experienced boarders. Beginners should start at the Christie Peak Express chairlift for a gentle introduction to boarding.
Beaver Creek offers great boarding for those who like the little luxuries in life such as swanky hotels, chic nightlife and pristine slope grooming (as well as free cookies!). The resort also offers world-class ski schools who can teach you how to ski and board on these excellent slopes. That's not to say these slopes aren't amazing for pros too though! With plenty of freeride spots and fun pipes and parks, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
One of Cali's best winter playgrounds is Mammoth Mountain in the Mammoth Lakes. This dreamy destination boasts around 300 days of sunshine per year, so you are almost guaranteed clear days up on the slopes. The resort features 3,500 acres of snowboarding terrain as well as award-winning parks and pipes so there is plenty to keep you entertained. Plus, thanks to the summit being 11,053 feet above sea level the season runs all the way into Jul, so there's no excuse not to squeeze in a visit!
Jackson Hole in Wyoming offers some of the best boarding for experienced riders thanks to its mega steep slopes and crazy off-piste terrain that will get your heart pumping in no time! The resort is home to Corbet’s Couloir, America's steepest ski slope, which is a challenge for skiers and boarders alike. While Jackson Hole does offer some good spots in which to learn to snowboard, it's better suited to those who have some practice under their belts!
Mount Bachelor is a top snowboarding destination for riders of all ages and levels due to the amazing range of runs, decent value pricing, and relatively quiet slopes. While Mt. Bachelor isn't the steepest resort in the country, it certainly makes up for its size with sheer beauty instead! The resort is surrounded up the breath-taking Deschutes National Forest, and the tree-lined riding is some of the best.
Perhaps one of the most famous winter wonderlands in the country, Vail, Colorado is a top spot for both skiers and snowboarders as well as those who simply want to enjoy the alpine air. Not only are the runs and piste spectacular but the snowboarding parks featuring half-pipes, jumps, and jibs make it one of the best for freestylers. I guess that's why the professionals flock here each year for the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships!
On the other side of the country lies New York's Whiteface Mountain, a resort that has hosted the Winter Olympics twice over the years. Worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Whiteface is a pristine resort with everything from smooth slopes to epic verticals so that all boarders have something to enjoy. The resort covers 22 miles with over 80 trails winding their way down the mountain. Whiteface Mountain lies just five hours away from the Big Apple so you could easily combine city and slopes for the holiday of a lifetime!
Park City in Utah is thought to be one of the largest ski resorts in the United States, with over 300 trails as well as 14 bowls and eight parks! This means that all boarders (especially intermediate and expert riders) have some epic terrain to explore. The fact that Park City co-hosted the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships this year also says something for the incredible level of boarding on offer.
Oregan's Mount Hood Meadows sprawls over 2000+ acres and is perfect for beginners and intermediate riders alike. Loads of the runs and off-piste sections are great for freeriders, while the ski schools and novice slopes allow beginners to get to grips with things in a beautiful location. Expert snowboarders might want to attack the verticals on Heather Canyon or try their hand on the Mount Hood Meadows 18-foot Superpipe that is even lit up after dark!