The 2 Best Resorts on Snowboard in the Alps
Where exactly should you go for great snowboarding or skiing in the Alps? If you’re a snowboarder, here are two resorts you’ll definitely want to try.
If you love winter sports, you know that while there may be snow in many places, there’s nothing quite like snowboarding or skiing in the Alps. Whether you’re new to the game or already an expert at speeding up slopes, the Alps represent the best of the best when it comes to this kind of winter activity.
But where exactly should you go in the Alps for some great snowboarding or skiing? These stunning European mountains are so vast that in many areas it can be difficult to choose just one or two resorts. But if you’re a snowboarder, here are two you’ll definitely want to consider.
Tignes: Altitude, Altitude, Altitude
Tignes is one of the highest resorts in Europe, sitting at an altitude of 2100m – and you can ski or snowboard on slopes as high as 3550m. As one of the resorts on Espace Killy, it has access to 330 kilometers of pistes, varied terrain, and some of the best snowboarding (on multiple levels) you’ll find anywhere in the Alps. It’s no surprise you find more snowboarders here than anywhere else at any given time.
For beginners to snowboarding or skiing in the Alps, the blue-blue highway is just perfect at Tignes. The massive expanse of off-piste terrain, on the other hand, offers exceptional expert snowboarding – making it the go-to choice for World Tour trips every year.
The resort is surrounded by peaks in all different directions, all accessible by an excellent network of high capacity lifts. Great bus service also ensures movement around Tignes and val d’Isere, which also has great skiing and snowboarding – including tunnels valleys and great little hops for the kids.
Since this resort is at the top of the tree line, it’s not considered quite as secanlit as others, and the apartments are more modern than old-fashioned, but if you’re looking for some serious snowboarding and skiing in the Alps this is the place to go!
Les bows: 1600, 1800, 1950 or 2000
This is another resort that really has it all for anyone looking for great snowboarding and skiing in the Alps. In relation to La Plagne, to create the Paradiski ski area, Les Arcs offers about 400km of pistes of varying difficulty levels. Easy and challenging pistes are available, making them suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all levels – which is why they are so popular with families and groups. For the more adventurous, there are also challenging off-piste areas as well as black runs from the Aiguille Rouge that make for some of the most exciting snowboarding and skiing in the Alps.
There are three main villages, Arcs 1600, Arcs, 1800, Arcs 2000, plus the new 1950 Arcs – but among them, Arcs 1800 is the most popular. All villages are connected by road, while Arcs 1600 is connected to the valley town of Bourg St. Maurice by train.
So, if you are looking for a snowboarding adventure, these two great resorts should be high on your list of possibilities.