10 Best Snowboarding Resorts in Europe
Are you wondering what outdoor activities you can take part in this winter during COVID-19? If you enjoy sports and snow, how about spending an entire week, a few days, or maybe just a weekend in one of the 10 best snowboarding resorts in Europe?
This pandemic has been both a curse and a blessing, we can agree on that. It has taught us a lot, but it has definitely kept us from having some fun. Therefore, let’s explore these amazing resorts in Europe, where you will get to snowboard and enjoy nature all at the same time.
St. Anton am Arlberg – Austria
Gudauri – Georgia
Laax – Switzerland
Verbier – Switzerland
Arber – Germany
Mayrhofen – Austria
Val Gardena -Italy
Ruka – Finland
Avoriaz – France
Saas Fee – Switzerland
Let’s check out every single one of them and discover what they all have to offer:
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1. St. Anton am Arlberg – Austria
St. Anton am Arlberg, located in Austria, had to be between our 10 best snowboarding resorts in Europe. This resort is known worldwide for its incredible hills, landscape, and village. It’s especially popular among professionals snowboarders, as St. Anton’s slopes are not “built” for beginners. However, the many guiding companies can provide the best tracks for those trying to embark in this sport.
Nonetheless the resort is mentioned in all snowboarding websites out there. For those wishing to do some research before selecting a place: don’t be surprised when its name pops up in every single page. Now… if you’re looking for the best party ski & snowboarding resorts in Europe, Austria’s après-skis should be in your top list must-go destinations.
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2. Gudauri – Georgia
Gudauri is by far Georgia’s most famous ski & snowboarding resort. Its affordable prices and cultural diversity during the season, are some of the main reasons people choose this location as their winter holiday destination. If you’re a beginner, there’s definitely some room for you to practice and improve your skills. Enjoy the company of foreigners while embracing Georgia’s welcoming vibe.
During COVID-19, the resort took multiple measures to keep their visitors safe while also being able to go for freerides, skiing, snowboarding, and much more. This being said, the pandemic won’t keep you from enjoying this place
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3. Laax – Switzerland
I’m sure you’ve heard Switzerland’s resorts are in everyone’s list of 10 best snowboarding resorts in Europe, but which resorts to be exact? Laax and Verbier are tough competitors. We’ll cover Laax here and then Verbier in the following paragraphs.
What makes Laax so special? The slopes and parks are suitable for all kinds of snowboarders, from professionals to beginners. There is great snow quality, amazing background, and a vast area to put your abilities into action. Freestylers and freeriders will have the time of their lives here – many refer to it as their “snowboard heaven”!
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4. Verbier – Switzerland
Alongside with Laax, Verbier is a popular snowboarding resort in Switzerland. The magic of this place is seeing in their backcountry hidden areas and the vast lines available for freeride lovers!
If you have never experienced snowboarding in Verbier, consider hiring a guide to take maximum advantage of all this fancy resort has to give you.
Switzerland is not only home to many skis and snowboarding resorts, but also to many other incredible and fun sports, such as BASE jumping, rafting, canyoning, and paragliding.
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5. Arber – Germany
If this is your first time snowboarding and/or you don’t have enough experience, Arber is the best snowboarding resort in Europe for you. Many families tend to visit it during winter holiday to teach their kids to snowboard. In fact, Arber is known as a family-friendly resort; therefore, if you ever relocate to Germany with your loved ones & you enjoy winter sports, pay a visit to this welcoming resort.
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6. Mayrhofen – Austria
Foreigners from all over the world come together to snowboard in Mayrhofen, especially British citizens. Mayrhofen’s success is due to its incredible park and the night life it provides to its visitors. Have you ever heard of Snowbombing? It is a dynamic festival in Austria where all snowboarders and city visitors enjoy some music & drinks right before waking up to snowboard the following day. Sounds interesting? Give it a try and let us know your experience!
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7. Val Gardena -Italy
Val Gardena, located in Italy, might not be the number 1 snowboarding resort in Europe, but it’s definitely one of the top 10 ones.
What makes this resort so unusual? Just like almost everything in Italy, and it might be a stereotype, the beauty of its ski & snowboarding area attracts all kinds of visitors. In addition, Val Gardena has multiple villages, but the main ones are: Cristina, Ortisei, and Selva. Choose your favorite and let’s enjoy some winter sports followed by some traditional Italian cuisine.
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8. Ruka – Finland
If you’re just beginning your snowboarding lessons, Ruka is a great destination. Have you ever visited Finland? Do you enjoy skiing and snowboarding? Then you must visit this resort as it is one of the 10 best snowboarding resorts in Europe. Oh and don’t worry about COVID-19, they have an entire page with measures they are taking to protect you when visiting.
Ruka has terrains, parks, and pipes. All you need to kick off this fast-pacing sport. Ready for this adventure? Great! I will meet you there!
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9. Avoriaz – France
Just like Ruka, Avoriaz has its own parks, terrains, and pipes. However, what makes this resort so unusual is the area available for freerider lovers & carving. Many refer to it as the “capital of snowboarding” because of the way it is built and promoted since its inauguration.
If you’re looking to snowboard in the french alps this winter, make sure to visit Avoriaz – you won’t be disappointed.
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10. Saas Fee – Switzerland
Saas Fee, located in Switzerland, is also part of our list of 10 best snowboarding resorts in Europe! According to some research, Saas Fee is considered a great place to visit during the summer in comparison to winter due to the altitude. Nonetheless, it has its own parks, hits, half-pipes, and boardercross tracks.
Ready to join us in this incredible and icy adventure this winter? How about a cup of warm coffee afterwards? That’s right, living and working in Europe definitely has its perks – Europe has the best of all worlds.
If you have already been to these incredible snowboarding resorts, what other ones are left for you to tick off your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below.