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Best Snowboarding Resorts for Beginners

Posted by: Brandon Fryer 1 year, 8 months ago

Choosing the right snowboarding resort if you are a beginner is essential to ensuring you have the best learning experience. An area with gentle terrain, nursery slopes and a great snowboarding school will be perfect for those new to snowboarding.

Our travel experts have put together the following list of resorts that will offer all of this and more for first-time snowboarders looking for a fantastic experience. 

Les Arcs, France

First-time snowboarders will be able to progress quickly at the Les Arcs resort, thanks to their well-maintained nursery slopes. There are lots of drag lifts, which may first seem daunting to beginners, but you will quickly get the hang of them. The resort also boasts 170 km of blue slopes to move onto after you’ve mastered the basics at one of the many snowboard schools in the area with outstanding reputations. A great starting point is the Transarc Gondola or Peisey-Nancroix Vallandry, where the trails are wide, gentle, and not intimidating. A lack of drag lifts also favours snowboarders over skiers.

Whistler, Canada

Whistler is regarded as one of the best snowboarding resorts for those just starting out because it has a large area of gentle terrain and highly rated snowboarding schools. ‘Special Discover Whistler Days’ provides significant discounts – around 25% OFF – on the learn-to-board courses. The Big Easy Terrain Garden on Blackcomb Mountain offers quiet, non-intimidating slopes to practice on.

Söll, Austria

Söll, part of the SkiWelt skiing area, is well known to be a fantastic resort for first-time snowboarders of all ages. There are great beginner and nursery areas to develop your skills on, with premium snowboarding schools to book lessons with. If you are looking to get the best support from snowboard schooling, the Ski and Snowboard School Pro-Söll offer one-hour private lessons to get you going. When you’ve got the hang of things, you can enjoy up to 122 km of blue slopes. Approximately 40% of the trails are marked as blue, making this resort ideal for beginners.

Alpe d’Huez, France

With lots of gentle nursery slopes to get you started on, Alpe d’Heuz is a fantastic resort to start your snowboarding journey. You will also be able to explore a vast area of easy slopes, before moving on to the 49 km of green runs and 54 km of blue runs. The easy slopes are wide and well maintained to give newbies confidence when starting out. Alpe d'Huez is perfect for those looking to experience a traditional resort, thanks to its beautiful pastoral French mountain village that has developed over the past 75 years to become the resort that it is today.

Mayrhofen, Austria

Mayrhofen is another Austrian resort that provides brilliant accessibility to beginner snowboarders. With plenty of nursery slopes and snowboarding schools, you will be able to progress quickly with fantastic support. A recommended starting point is the Ahorn, which features easy practice slopes. Once you’ve mastered the beginner slopes, you will be able to enjoy 60 km of blue runs. This resort caters to snowboarders with its extensive Burton Park – which includes five jumps and two of these being beginner tables. There is also a rail line strictly for beginners, so you’ll be comfortable with the knowledge that this resort provides for your ability.

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