The end of the summer is the perfect time to start planning your winter adventure. For those who enjoy snowboarding, it’s important to choose the right destination, especially if you have someone who wants to start with it, or is a beginner and needs better terrain for that.
America is one of the best places in the world to consider when looking for this type of vacation. The most popular ski resorts are there to wait for you, and you just need to choose your equipment first, and then proceed with your activities. And while we are talking about the equipment, we highly recommend seeing the tips and tricks on Never Summer on how to choose the right snowboard for you.
Once you have it, you are ready to explore the best destinations in the USA, and here are some of our suggestions:
1. Buttermilk, Aspen
The best thing about this one is that the snow is always smooth and the terrains and facilities are appropriate for all the people who want to learn to ski and board, but also for experienced ones too. It’s good for kids too, so you won’t have any problem letting them with the instructors, or teach them by yourself. If you are watching American movies, you know how much these people love and appreciate Aspen as their ultimate winter destination, so it’s worth considering it as an option for you.
2. Heavenly, California
It’s one of the best winter destinations for any type of snow activity. Since it’s based on low elevation terrain, it’s great for beginners who want to master their favorite winter sport. You can choose different types of accommodation, according to your needs, even those who are close to Lake Tahoe, so you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and environment all the time while you are there.
3. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
This destination offers unique terrains and great accommodations too. It usually opens in the middle of November every year. You can also find great instructors who can help you get better at skiing and snowboarding, and stay in some of the most beautiful hotels or accommodations too. People love Steamboat Springs, since it’s not very popular among the tourists, so the Americans often choose it as their favorite winter destination.
4. Canaan Valley, West Virginia
It’s one of the best winter resorts and it’s really huge, which means you have options for any type of winter activity, no matter how good or bad you are at it. According to the official information, there are about 48 official ski and snowboard trails, but there are some smaller ones too, that is good for practicing. About 20% of the trails are great for beginners, so you can use them alone, or with an instructor.
5. Beaver Creek, Colorado
This resort offers ski and snowboard schools for every age, and kids are included in their plans too. They have a separate learning area, and experienced instructors will work with you or your kids through the process. Also, you can choose to stay in some luxurious accommodation, or you can go for a cheaper hotel room. But, it’s not that important, since you will want to spend the whole day outside.
6. Deer Valley Resort, Utah
This is a luxurious experience for the visitors, starting from the exceptional environment, the great hotel service, and excellent food in the restaurant. The staff pays attention to every person that comes to visit their resort. They also have licensed instructors, so you can be comfortable no matter if you are a beginner in snowboarding, or you have some relevant experience. You won’t face any crowds here, which is really nice to know, since the situation with the pandemic is not that good as we hoped.
7. Sugarloaf, Maine
Another beautiful mountain resort with a lot of available trails, accommodation choices, and options to practice your snowboarding skills. Do you know that Sugarloaf offers at least 160 terrains for skiing and snowboarding, with different levels of elevation and difficulty, but maybe 20 of them are great for beginners? You can choose group or private lessons until you learn your favorite winter sport. Most of the trails are nicely secured, but there are dangerous spots too, and if you are not sure, it’s always better to ask someone who works there to suggest to you which places you need to avoid.
8. Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
It’s based 33 miles from Salt Lake City, and it’s maybe the largest ski resort in the United States. That means, you can find a lot of hotels and private accommodations there, and you can choose the one which is the closest to the trail you prefer. It’s one of the best winter experiences you will have ever in your life. The whole concept is to be adapted to the families, but also for individuals who want to be better at snowboarding. You can rent gear too if you think it’s too early to invest in yours.
9. Okemo, Vermont
This one has to offer plenty of activities for those who are beginners. The trails are properly adapted to the needs of the visitors. Also, the chairlift is heated, so you have enough time to warm yourself up before you hit the trails.
10. Northstar, California
Big and family-friendly winter resort, by Lake Tahoe. There are not many official ski trails, but you can use that to learn snowboarding. The whole resort is picturesque, vibrant, and fun. Also, organized lessons are available too. If you don’t want that, you can go for your daily spa treatment without hesitation.
America has a lot more to offer when it comes to winter resorts, but these ten are great starting points for tourists outside the USA. Keep in mind that you will have to double-check with the resort before you book your trip since there are different COVID-19 measures in every country. Even if you have to postpone your winter plans, now you know everything you need to, to organize your next trip.