Snowboarding Holidays and the Best Snowboarding in Europe

Europe is one of the best places in the world for taking snowboarding holidays. Whether you like to spend your snowboarding holidays free riding, your snowboarding holidays carving up the fresh snow, or your snowboarding holidays doing tricks in a snow park, Europe has something to suit you. Free riders Val d'Isere: This is one…

Europe is one of the best places in the world for taking snowboarding holidays. Whether you like to spend your snowboarding holidays free riding, your snowboarding holidays carving up the fresh snow, or your snowboarding holidays doing tricks in a snow park, Europe has something to suit you.

Free riders

Val d'Isere: This is one of the main snowboarding resorts in France and has been for years. It's also got heaps of space to it – it would take about a week to run all of the runs and trails. The park space is massive as well, with two half pipes.

Chamonix: The off piste territory of the Chamonix Valley is some of the world's best, but anything that exciting looking is going to be dangerous. Argentihre is where most of Chamonix's all season boarders hang out. One of the most famous runs being the Point de Vue. There's a park at Charamillion which has rails, jumps, tabletops and a 150 meter half pipe.

Snowboarding holidays in Serre Chevalier: If tight terrain free riding is your thing then this huge valley resort complies. The guide books say it's like one huge snow park with its obstacles and smooth bowls to play in. The runs are mostly along the valley, which runs for ever, so there is plenty of choice about the kind of terrain to go for and about the challenge, but this is a good choice for beginners with lots of nice even runs to work your way up on.

Snowboarding holidays in Seleva, Val Gardena: This region offers easy access to the sky-scraping backdrop of the Dolomites. There are three resorts along the valley floor: Seleva is the best known, by both skiers and boarders. The snowpark is by Seleda Plateau and has an 80 meter half pipe.

Snowboarding holidays in Davos: Deep powder, natural half pipes, and the man made ones, tree banks, off piste options, a boardercross circuit and lit up runs for night riding – Davos has a lot to offer snowboarders.

Snowboarding holidays in Andermatt: At the base of Piz Gemsstock in the Usern Valley, Andermatt gets regular dumps of thick, inviting powder, especially on its north facing slopes, and the high altitude means it keeps the snow for longer – steep gradients and loads of easily accessible off-piste terrain.

Snowboarding holidays in St. Louis Anton: Quite a lot of people agree that St.. Anton has the best terrain in Austria, so it's a popular destination for free riders, who can play all on very varied terrain on the deep powder. The snow park is in the Rendl area.

Snow park Freestylers

Snowboarding holidays in St. Louis Moritz: It may seem unilaterally from her glamorous reputation, but St. Moritz is a good place to some to learn new tricks, there's a 90metre half pipe, a huge quarter pipe and jumps ranging in size from beginner to four meter jump-this-and-you-might-want-to-start-calling- yourself-a-pro size, which is why so many people come here to train.

Snowboarding holidays in Livigno: Livigno is less fur coats and money talks than talking with your feet and ankles. The snow parks here are well kept, the main one is on the Mottolino, and there's another, better for intermediate boarders, on Carosello.

Slope Carvers

Verbier: Verbier's resort looks very civilized, but accesses some of the most epic terrain in the European Alps. With 400kms worth of ground, rising up to 3,300 meters, this is not a resort that lacks snow or run options, and there's reams of off-piste space to explore as well. The snowpark is on Mont-Fort.

Cervinia: Cervinia has Italy's highest riding slopes, which also equates to some of the longest runs though some impressive scenery. Most of the boarding in a vast sunny bowl in between two mountains and the base of the Plateau Rosa glacier – which you can board on if you're brave – mind the crevasses!

Nordpark: Nordpark is just above Innsbruck. It's tiny, but steep, with only six pistes but views over Innsbruck and scenic surroundings. Some of the runs have 65 degree inclines, finishing on drowning ridges – in scenery that looks sheer as Alaska. You will not get the clean runs – there are experts living here vying to make the first tracks every day.