10 of the Most Beautiful Places in the World to Snowboard

Queenstown, New Zealand PHOTO: Vaughan Brookfield
Forrest Shearer, Kohl Christensen, and Jeremy Jones. Iceland. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Eero Neimela. Whistler, British Columbia. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha
Chile. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Montana. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha
Oregon. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Victor Daviet. Alaska. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha
Keisuke Yoshida. Japan. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha
Utah. PHOTO: Andrew Miller
Arthur Longo. France. PHOTO: Andy Wright

Sitting on the couch hiding from the heat is getting pretty dull. It is about time to start dreaming about the upcoming season. What is a better way to get stoked than planning a trip to an amazing destination? On top of the simple beauty these places provide, they offer some topnotch snowboarding, as well.

1. Queenstown, New Zealand

Locals call it “the adventure capital of the world”. The snowboarding turns into a buzzing après which turns into a vibrant nightlife. If you can’t wait for the winter, pack your stuff and hit up Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona, or other amazing resorts in the area.

Queenstown, New Zealand. PHOTO: Vaughan Brookfield

2. Iceland

If you're looking for ever changing weather and tree-less snowboarding, visit the island of fire and ice. Some of the most popular snowboarding areas are the Blafjoll Mountains, Hlidarfjall Ski Resort, and Westfjords.

Forrest Shearer, Kohl Christensen, and Jeremy Jones. Iceland. PHOTO: Andrew Miller

3. Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is a powder haven with a long season and the ultimate in big mountain experiences. Now available on the Epic Pass, Whistler Blackcomb Resort will not disappoint.

Eero Neimela. Whistler, British Columbia. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

4. Chile

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The stunning beauty of Chile is just a portion of what this country has to offer. Unobstructed steep terrain, light powder, and playful lines, it's truly a freeride snowboarder's paradise. Don't miss out on Portillo, Nevados de Chillan, Tres Valles, or many of the other incredible spots.

Chile. PHOTO: Andrew Miller

5. Montana

In Montana, you get a resort experience without the lift lines. If you want to keep it closer to home or spend less money on a plane ticket, Big Sky Resort, Whitefish Mountain Resort and a handful of others are the places to go.

Montana. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

6. Oregon

Mount Hood is even better in the winter than in the summer. Oregon snowboarding offers everything from blower powder days to slushy spring conditions. Hit up Timberline Lodge or Mt. Bachelor for a true Oregon adventure.

Oregon. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

7. Alaska

AK is a destination for all snowboard enthusiasts. From tall peaks and spines to a collection of heli operations, Anchorage, Haines, and Valdez will guarantee a trip for the books this winter.

Victor Daviet. Alaska. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

8. Japan

The powder capital of the world, boys and girls. Japan has epic snowboarding, resorts that stay open all night, and vending machines that sell beer. Niseko…Hokkaido… you can't really go wrong.

Keisuke Yoshida. Japan. PHOTO: Darcy Bacha

9. Utah

Utah offers long groomers and technical terrain parks. With an average of 300-500 inches of snow per year, the conditions are usually all-time. Nearby resorts include Brighton, Snowbird, Park City, and more.

Utah. PHOTO: Andrew Miller

10. France

France will test your boundaries and push your riding further with its natural freestyle terrain. It’s rough around the edges, but you can expect an authentic experience at Serre Chevalier, Chamonix, Avoriaz, and various other resorts.

Arthur Longo. France. PHOTO: Andy Wright

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