Five Awe-Inspiring Ski and Snowboard Destinations

There’s no short­age of snowboarding/skiing resorts strewn across the world. Most of them pro­vide epic pow­der and slopes that’ll send you tum­bling with one wrong move. Whether you’re a sea­soned vet or just get­ting into the sport, here are five moun­tains you should check out before you kick the bucket.

©istockphoto/Banff, Alberta, Canada

1. Banff, Alberta, Canada

The area around Banff pro­vides over 8000 ski­able acres. This makes it one of the largest and most beloved snow­board­ing and ski­ing spots on the plan­et. The moun­tains here are teem­ing with dou­ble-black-dia­mond runs to keep rid­ers sat­is­fied. While the town itself is a haven for folks who love win­ter sports. There are plen­ty of craft brew­eries and upscale resorts in the area to keep you busy when you’re not slay­ing the slopes.

Verbier, Switzerland

2. Verbier, Switzerland

Ski­ing and Snow­board­ing in Ver­bier aren’t exact­ly easy on the wal­let, but if you can afford it you’ll dis­cov­er why it’s a favorite around the world. The lines down the moun­tains here are some of the best in Europe. It’s wide­ly known for its piste rid­ing, so if you pre­fer off-piste it might not be your style.

Chammonix, France.

3. Chamonix, France

The Cha­monix Val­ley in France is one of ski­ing and snowboarding’s pre­mier off-piste des­ti­na­tions thanks to extreme­ly rugged ter­rain and the locals’ gen­er­al avoid­ance of even main­tain­ing the pre­tense of try­ing to upkeep the resorts. It’s beloved in the win­ter by those who need to hit the pow­der and in the sum­mer by climbers, mak­ing it one of the best places on Earth for out­door adven­ture. Ski­ing and board­ing cul­ture thrives here and it’s home to one of the most charm­ing lit­tle towns in all of Europe. It’s also home to the continent’s most thrilling moun­tain: Mount Blanc.

Myoko Kogen, Japan

4. Myoko Kogen, Japan

The Myoko area is made up of sev­er­al ski resorts, most of which are local­ly owned and operated—a won­der­ful break from the many west­ern­ized resorts in Japan. It sits right in the heart of the Joshinet­su Nation­al Park an hour north of Nagano. Myoko is renowned for the sheer enor­mi­ty of snow that falls: rough­ly 42 feet a sea­son. There’s ample oppor­tu­ni­ty for snow­board­ers and skiers to get off-piste in the region. Plus, the lack of ritz and glitz means you’ll have noth­ing much else to do while you’re here.

Mammoth Mountain, California, USA

5. Mammoth Mountain, California, USA

While most snow­birds flock to Col­orado once the pow­der sea­son begins, diehard rid­ers know that the best place to go close to home is Mam­moth Moun­tain. With near­ly 3500 acres of unadul­ter­at­ed ter­rain to explore, it’s a mec­ca for out­door enthu­si­asts. Snow sea­son lasts well into May with aver­ages near­ing 15 meters. Thus, there’s always a good time to hit the slopes. The ter­rain parks have pistes for every skill lev­el. You won’t have trou­ble chal­leng­ing your­self at any of the three major hubs.