All the way from the USA

After a slow start – the sport originated in the USA in the 1960s, and those who practised it in Europe were often considered a danger to skiers and even banned from the slopes – snowboarding holidays are now almost as popular as ski holidays in the Alps.

Indeed, the French, Italy and Austria Alps offer up some of the world’s very best snowboarding pistes. Snowboarding is available in all nine hand-picked, snow-sure resorts offered by Mark Warner staying at one of our cosy chalet hotel bases.

Popular snowboarding resorts

St Anton is particularly well rated by freeriders, as well as being popular for its lively après-ski scene, while family-friendly Tignes is much-loved for being one of the first European resorts to have actively welcomed snowboarders. Tignes continues to host national and international events and is often used for snowboard instructor courses and for training camps and events by snowboard teams and board manufacturers. And access to the Grande Motte Glacier means you can board in Tignes almost year-round.

Take to the slopes at any age

Snowboarding can be learnt at any age, but as with skiing it’s best to book lessons with a professional to get off on a firm footing. Most schools will teach children to snowboard from the age of seven, although technological advances have made it easier for younger children to learn.

Mark Warner works closely with the best ski and snowboarding schools in each destination. We can also arrange snowboard and boot hire for everyone from beginners to advanced freestylers.

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Our resorts

Val d'Isère

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Val d'Isère

Superb for freeriders, they'll love the 300km of terrain plus the off-piste after a dump. Freeriders of all abilities will love the terrain here, the long motorway runs to steep, narrow blacks will keep you entertained all day. 

Freestylers can find lots of natural hits and there's a funpark, although small, well worth a visit.

Our chalet hotels in Val d'Isère: Le Val d'Isère and Moris

Tignes

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Tignes

Brilliant for boarders, relatively few flat areas and plenty of wide groomed runs. A good terrain park under the Palet chairlift with jumps and rails for all levels, plus beginner and advanced half pipes.

Freeriders will enjoy the array of long and wide pistes. With a dump of snow there's plenty of off-piste and guides happy to show you the best places to cut through the powder. Suitable for all level of boarder, there truly is something for everyone. 

Freestylers can enjoy the new park up in Val Claret, near to the Les Lanches chair. 

Our chalet hotels in Tignes: L'Ecrin and Aiguille Percée

La Plagne

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La Plagne and Paradiski 

Good for boarders. There's a few trees and off-piste boarding for freeriders, wide easy slopes for beginners.

2 snowparks; Belle Plagne snowpark has 2 zones for different levels, the more advanced zone has 20 rails and tables plus an air-bag and boardercross course.

Our chalet hotel in La Plagne: Christina

Courchevel

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Courchevel

Superb for free riders, they'll love the 600km of terrain & off-piste. Freestylers can find some natural hits.

The Family Park between Verdons and Biollay has a variety of jumps, rails and tables - at times there's an airbag too. Alternatively, two smaller parks - Fun Park and the Stop Zone can be found over towards Moriond 1650.

Our chalet hotel in Courchevel: Dahu

Méribel & Mottaret

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Méribel Mottaret

A great resort for beginners and intermediates. Many use Méribel as a spring board to access Courchevel, Val Thorens and beyond. Méribel offers some tree line boarding and some good off-piste too. There's plenty of varied, wide pistes for riders with an array of easy to intermediate runs.

Freestylers will enjoy the 2 snowparks; Moonpark is suitable for all levels and found on Tougnète piste whilst DC Area 43 park in Mottaret (just under the Plattières gondola) has 2 pipes, a mini skate ramp, rails and an airbag. 

The mini boardercross P’tit Moon is great for kids 7 to 12 years and sits just above the Rhodos gondola mid-station. 

Our chalet hotel in Méribel Mottaret and chalet in Méribel: Tarentaise and Chalet Loden

Les Deux Alpes

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Les Deux Alpes

This snowboard friendly resort offers an excellent terrain park and is rider friendly with big, wide pistes that are ideal for beginners and intermediates.

The off-piste is huge and challenging, there's little in the way of boarding through trees however these can be easily accessed with a day trip to Serre Chevalier. For those really keen to experience the wilderness, grab a guide and head to the infamous resort of La Grave, connected by a ski tow.  

Freestylers will enjoy the snowpark (found at the Toura area) with half pipe, heaps of jumps, rails and a boardercross run. For those starting out, head to the beginners boardercross with plenty of jumps, rails and boxes. 

Our chalet hotel in Les Deux Alpes: Bérangère

St Anton

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St Anton

Superbly popular with snowboarders, St Anton offers some great terrain, possibly some of the best in Austria. Suited more towards intermediate and advanced boarders, it's the off-piste, powder days and famous après that really attracts boarders to this resort.

Freeriders can enjoy a little of everything from steeps, powder, trees to big drop offs. The Rendl mountain is massivley popular for boarders on fresh powder days.

There's too many natural hits for freestylers with great take off and drop in points. The park at Rendl is basic; a few intermediate kickers and a line is worth a visit. 

Our chalet hotel in St Anton: Rosanna

Zell am See

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Zell am See

Offering some stunning tree-lined snowboarding - although you can't actually board between the trees - this resort has long been popular with boarders. The added advantage is the glacier resort of Kaprun with its deep powder and open bowl which is just down the road. 

Freestylers can sample the two parks in Zell and Kaprun or look for the natural hits around the resort. 

Our apartments in Zell am See: Mountain Lake Resort

Courmayeur

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Courmayeur

Beginner freeriders will enjoy Courmayeur with its well pisted runs whilst intermediate and advanced boarders may find it a little restricted. That said, you can easily access the Vallee Blanche and ride into Chamonix to really mix it up. 

With no park or pipes, freestylers will make do with the natural hits around the resort. 

Our chalet hotel in Courmayeur: Cristallo

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