It’s that time of year again, the snow is falling on the mountains, and everyone is planning their holiday trips. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys getting away during this festive time of year these snowboarding spots are perfect for you and your family! A lot of these spots are close to a major airport or city, making it easy to get right on the slopes.
Vail, Colorado – Right in the heart of the winter sports scene, Vail is the top snowboard and ski destination in the U.S. With 5,289 acres of trails, there are plenty of options for snowboarding fun. The vast terrain allows for snowboarders and skiers of all levels to have fun. Make it a weekend or day trip; Vail is only two hours from Denver!
Stratton, Vermont – Known as the place where Snowboarding was born Stratton is a great snowboarding destination to visit in the New England area. According to the World Snowboard Guide, this snowboard and ski town offers “97 trails spread across 670 snow-covered acres of terrain, 40 percent of which is ideal for beginners.” Riders of all skill levels will be able to enjoy the scenery and slopes. However, if you’re looking for big cliff jumps you won’t find it here. You can also catch the US Open and Green Mountain Race Series when visiting.
Park City, Utah – With over 7,300 acres for snowboarding and skiing, Park City is the perfect destination for those who love terrain parks. There aren’t a lot of steep terrain options, but the powder is always prevalent thanks to the many glades and chutes. Park City is a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City and is about an hour or less from Salk Lake City International Airport.
Whiteface Mountain, New York – Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains Whiteface is one of the most historical snowboarding and skiing destinations on the East Coast. It played host to the winter Olympics in both 1932 and 1980. This mountain is also known as an escape for those who live in New York City thanks to the five-hour drive from the Big Apple. If you’re looking for big vertical drops, you’ll find it here. TimeOut reports that “With 86 trails covering 22 powdery miles, there’s a little something for every snowboarder here, including dramatic glades for adrenaline junkies and smooth slopes for those who just want to cruise.”