5 Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Snowboarders
By: Adam Hayes
While you can have snowboarding at just about any mountain with decent snow, it’s nice to find resorts that really cater to snowboarders. Far too many of the top resorts are geared more towards skiers rather than snowboarders. When you get the time to have a snowboarding getaway, you want to make it as enjoyable as you can. To that end, here is a look at some of the best ski resorts for snowboarders in the US.
5. Snowbird, Utah
This is the best place in the country for advanced snowboarders who are looking to charge hard down a variety of terrain. Snowbird has the most vertical runs of any resort in Utah, and there are more than 4,700 acres of slopes to choose from. The thing that really pushes Snowbird over the top is its legendary powder. It comes in abundance with an average yearly snowfall of 500 inches at Snowbird.
4. Park City, Utah
While it is not quite as big as Snowbird, Park City is still a massive 3,300 acres of slopes to explore. This is a resort that really caters to snowboarders. It has three large terrain parks to play on as well as a superpipe. In fact, Park City is such a snowboarders’ paradises that it was the site of snowboarding events at the 2002 Olympics. For those who want added thrills, Park City keeps all its trials and one terrain parks open at night from Christmas through March 25 every year.
3. Squaw Valley, California
Squaw Valley was also an Olympics venue, but it was the 1960 Olympics so snowboarding was not quite a thing yet. While the California powder is not the delightful dry stuff that falls in Utah and Colorado, they do get an average annual snowfall of 328 inches. One of the best things about Squaw Valley is that it caters to every level of snowboarder. While it has one of the best halfpipes in the world, four terrain parks and many challenging, extreme runs, it also has lots of intermediate and beginner runs for less-advanced snowboarders.
2. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride is another first class resort that caters to snowboarders of all skill levels. Around 40 percent of the runs are rated for beginners or intermediates. That leaves over half the mountain with runs for advanced or expert skiers and snowboarders. These trails are some of the most thrilling in the country. Telluride also has some of the steepest vertical in the country.
1. Breckenridge, Colorado
Originally a gold mining town that was settled in the 1950s, Breckenridge opened as a ski resort in 1961. Much has changed since that opening, and the addition of numerous features that cater to snowboarders is one of the changes. There are five terrain parks at Breckenridge that sprawl over 25 acres. Another thing that makes Breckenridge stand out from some of the other snowboarder favorite resorts is its phenomenal social scene. After a day on the slopes, visitors can enjoy some incredible happy hour deals around town.