Southeast of Zurich and northeast of Davos Dorf, the sunny Parsenn Gotschna ski area is part of the Davos-Klosters ski region. The Parsenn Gotschna ski area has 25 pistes served by 15 lifts accessing a vertical descent of 1500m.
Southeast of Zurich and southwest of St Moritz, the Corvatsch ski area is where most freeriding snowboarders head to get their fix of off-piste lines. Located about a short 20 minute free ski bus ride from St Moritz Dorf, the Corvatsch ski area is located on a broad glacier and is the least crowded of the nine Engadin ski areas.
West of Innsbruck, the St Anton ski area is a vast freeriding mecca with extensive off-piste sidecountry country and backcountry to explore. And, when you rip it up hard, you can expect the apres ski action to be just as big -- this ski area has the biggest apres ski scene in the world.
South of Zurich, the village of Andermatt makes a great snowboarding base for exploring the entire Gotthard Oberalp Ski Arena. The Gotthard Oberalp Ski Arena encompases three distinct ski areas, including Gemsstock, Natschen and Sedrun-Oberalp, with a total of 125km of pistes served by 20 lifts.
Southeast of Geneva and Martigny, the Verbier ski area has 56 runs totalling 192km that are served by 37 lifts with a maximum vertical drop of 1,830m. Verbier tends to attract extreme freeriding snowboarders from around the world.
North of Gunnison and Crested Butte, the Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski area is the extreme freeriders mecca in the US. It has more lift-accessed double-black diamond terrain than any other ski area.
Southwest of Munich, the Garmisch - Partenkirchen ski area has 34 pistes totaling 62km that are served by 27 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,330m. Known as an intermediates paradise, the pistes are ideal for beginners and early intermediates.
North of Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, the Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort has 92 runs spread over 2,900 acres that are served by nine lifts accessing a maximum vertical descent of 2,400 feet. The Schwietzer ski area is known for very dry, powder snow with an average of 300 inches annually, and for its 6 high speed quads. There is an open boundary policy, but who needs it with glade runs like Big Timber.
Southwest of Glenwood Springs and west of Carbondale, the Sunlight Mountain Resort has 67 runs spread over 680 acres served by 3 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 2,000 feet. The Sunlight ski area is home to some of the steepest and deepest runs in Colorado with vistas of majestic Mt.
North of Conway near Pinkham Notch, the Wildcat Mountain ski area has 47 trails served by 4 lifts spread over 225 acres with a max vertical drop of 2,100 feet. Situated in the shadow of Mt Washington, the ski area receives an average annual snowfall of over 200 inches, which is the most in New Hampshire.
Northwest of Columbus and south of Zanesfield, the Mad River Resort has 20 runs spread across 144 acres served by 9 lifts that access a maximum vertical descent of 300 feet. The main terrain park is called Capital Park and has 50 features to session. After a long day of snowboarding at Mad River ski area, the best option for apres ski is at the Loft bar. The closest airport to Mad River Resort is the Columbus International Airport.
South of Bloomington, the Paoli Peaks ski area has 13 runs served by five lifts accessing a maximum descent of 300 feet. The level of difficulty ranges from 25% beginner to 55% intermediate to 20% advanced. For the freestyle snowboarders in your crew, Paoli has two terrain parks to session.
West of Salida and east of Gunnison, the Monarch Mountain ski area has 53 runs spread over 800 acres that are served by 5 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,162 feet. Located on the Continental Divide, local snowboarders consider Monarch pretty snow-sure with an average of 350 inches of snowfall annually. While shredding it up at Monarch, try the Panorama lift for nice glade runs.
East of Salt Lake City, the Park City Mountain resort is the largest ski area in North America. The new Park City Mountain is the combination of the old Canyons Resort with the Park City Mountain Resort, which were interconnected by a new gondola.