snowboarding holidays

What makes good snowboarding holidays? Well, to many extents and purposes, good snowboarding resorts. Really, you want to find a resort that has plenty of off-piste, long runs, and a board park. A fun nightlife can also help. On the other hand, you should probably avoid resorts with too many flats and drag lifts.

Here is a selection of the ten most recommended snowboarding resorts.

1. Whistler, Canada

How do we know that this is a great snowboarding resort? Well, the fact that it is frequently voted the best ski resort in North America might provide some kind of clue. In all seriousness, though, the statistics speak for themselves: 230 runs, 2 terrain parks, 3 half-pipes, a boarder-cross track, and numerous tree runs.

2. Mammoth Mountain, United States

There is so much to recommend this, one of America's largest snowboarding resorts: including a great snow record, a lovely village resort, award-winning terrain parks, and a massive variety of terrain for snowboarders of varying styles and abilities.

3. Big Sky, United States

This corporate style resort certainly lives up to its name, in that it is big, and indeed allows you to check out plenty of sky. There are plenty of deserted slopes scattered across Andesite Mountain and Lone Mountain. The highest peak of these mountains is about 3,400 metres.

4. Breckenridge, United States

Breckenridge almost seems to have its own place in snowboarding history, given that some consider it the origin of the 'new style' of snowboarding. But regardless, this is definitely one of the best places in North America to spend snowboarding holidays. With its generous array of jumps, rails and boxes, this is ideal for keen freestyle snowboarders, whether novice or experienced.

5. Morzine, France

This is linked to the much larger Portes du Soleil skiing area, and is one of the biggest and best of the area's resorts for keen snowboarders. The plentiful array of bars, restaurants and shops ensures that any snowboarding holidays here are certainly well supplied when it comes to nightlife, and there is plenty of varied terrain for snowboarding.

6. Mayrhofen, Austria

The best snowboarding resort in Austria? It could well be. Judge for yourself with the 157km of pistes, diverse terrain and beautiful mountain scenery which characterises what is a perennially popular annual visit with Britons on snowboarding holidays.

7. Tignes, France

Enjoy snowboarding holidays that have it all with one of the major snowboarding resorts in France. You will find 300km of piste, 2 half-pipes, 2 terrain parks and a fantastic nightlife during snowboarding holidays here. Tignes also has a snow record which puts many supposedly great snowboarding resorts across the world to shame.

8. Les Deux Alpes, France

One of France's largest snowboarding resorts, Les Deux Alpes offers plenty for diverse snowboarding holidays. The wide open spaces, boarder cross, fun park and half-pipe are available to snowboarders all year round, thanks to the resort's glacier, making this place especially ideal for summer snowboarding holidays.

9. Lake Tahoe, United States

If you would like some snowboarding holidays that are more about, well, the snowboarding, you can't go far wrong with this place. There is some nightlife to be enjoyed in the form of the Block hotel, but you are more likely to be preoccupied with exploring the incredible amount of snowy terrain surrounding the lake. There are loads of quiet powdery slopes and trees.

10. Saas Fee, Switzerland

One of the biggest selling points of this place is the possibility of year round snowboarding holidays. There's also the very popular snowboarders' hotel, Hotel Dom, and similarly popular bar, Popcorn.