North of Venice and southeast of Bolzano, the Val Gardena ski region is in the spectacular heart of the Dolomites. Surrounding the Sella Massif, the ski region has 70 pistes totalling 176km that are served by 53 chairlifts (plus 25 drags) which access a maximum vertical descent of 1458m.
Southeast of Innsbruck and southwest of Mayrhofen, the region between Tux and Hintertux offers a wide range of pistes and glacial runs to explore by snowboard. There are two separate base areas in Hintertux and Tux that are only connected via ski bus.
North of Turin and south of Aosta, the Pila Snowland has 27 pistes totaling 55km that are served by 10 lifts with a maximum descent of 800m. At this car-free, family-friendly resort, the predominantly north-facing, forested slopes are known to hold snow well.
North of Turin and northeast of Aosta, the Champoluc ski domaine is well known with local freeriders for its massive, legal off-piste snowboarding. The Champoluc ski domaine is known as the highest ski area in the Alps and is over 16km wide.
North of Barcelona and Les Escaldes, the Canillo ski area has six pistes served by six lifts with a maximum descent of 560m. From the village of Canillo, there is a lift up to the pistes since there are no runs back to town.
North of Barcelona and Les Escaldes, the Soldeu ski area has 25 pistes served by seven lifts with a maximum descent of 800m. The village of Soldeu is centrally located within the Grandvalira.
North of Barcelona and Les Escaldes, the El Tarter ski area has 18 pistes served by 6 lifts accessing a maximum descent of 800m. There is a freeride zone located at Emcampadana which is between the Tamarro and Isard pistes.
Southeast of Pocatello and east of Inkom in the Portneuf Range, the Pebble Creek ski area has 54 runs spread over 1100 acres that are served by 3 lifts with a maximum descent of 2,200 feet. The level of difficulty ranges from 15% easy to 35% difficult to 55% expert.
Southeast of Zurich, the St Moritz ski domain is a real paradise for serious snowboarders, but be ready since it is crazy expensive. St Moritz caters to upper-crust, ultra-exclusive clientele, but it's diametrically-opposed to the plentiful off-piste backcountry freeriding available to shredders.
South of Jenbach and east of Zell Am Ziller, the Konigsleiten-Gerlosplatte ski area is part of the Zillertal Arena which offers an expansive network of pistes for snowboarding. This super ski area has over 40 lifts providing access to over 60 pistes. The Zillertal Ski Arena is an interconnecting lifts system that connects the villages of Zell Am Ziller, Konigsleiten, Gerlos, Krimal and Wald.
South of Jenbach, the Hochfugen ski area has 10 pistes served by six lifts with a maximum descent of 1,100m. It also lift-interconnects with the Hochzillertal-Kaltenbach ski area.
Southeast of Jenbach, the Fugen Spieljoch ski area has 10 pistes served by six lifts with a maximum descent of 1,100m. The best Fugen Spieljoch snowboarding is during the months of January and February.
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.
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.