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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The best snowboarding holidays in France
Snowboarding doesn’t get much better than France with its beautiful scenery, great weather, huge mountains and choice of superb resorts. You’ll easily find a resort with wicked off-piste, long wide runs to blast down and fantastic snowparks with kicker lines and combinations of jibs, rails and boxes.
With over 40 years’ of experience you can’t go wrong when booking a Mark Warner snowboarding holiday. Our exclusive chalet hotels in the Alps are centrally located in Europe’s top resorts boasting tons of snow, great runs and après to test your staying power.
Our chalet hotels cater for adults and families alike. For boarders desiring accommodation with an adult atmosphere then look no further than our Chalet Hotel Moris in Val d’ Isère or the cute Chalet Loden in Mèribel.
That said, outside school holidays all our chalets are more adult oriented and most little ones are tended and entertained by our expert nannies.