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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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. Some of the more intense powder fields and chutes require a little trek but are well worth the effort.
There’s an outstanding snowpark – some say the best in Europe and hosting Europe’s only version of the X-games and the resort of choice for many pro-riders . Accessible to budding freestylers and encouraged too while there’s many features for more experienced freestylers too. With the Grand Motte glacier there’s the opportunity to board pretty much all year-round.
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.
Les Arcs is superb for boarders and offers pretty much every type of terrain needed for a boarder to have an awesome ride. From powder bowls to gullies to cat tracks. Great for all levels of boarder
There are 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.