For some adventurers, nothing beats freeriding through forests with challenging small open patches. For other snowboarders, the adventure is in the freestyle – ramps, jumps, pipes – anything that gets you airborne and adrenaline-charged. Top snowboarding destinations are often kept secret to keep the crowds away. Here are a few of the best snowboarding hills in Canada, because – well, we can’t keep a secret:
In the Okanagan Valley, Big White Resort has been a hush-hush haven for snowboarders. Plenty of champagne powder combined with a good lift system means the visitors are dispersed all over the mountain. No crowded slopes or long wait times make this place even more popular. Now consider rolling pistes with loads of hits, plenty of backcountry freeriding, and ample opportunities to practice your freestyle and you’ve got a Mecca for avid snowboarders and for beginners looking to get some valuable experience.
Snowboarders dream of getting huge air on the open faces of snow-covered mountains in the Canadian Rockies. Lake Louise is always at the heart of these dreams. Light and dry powder is the best kind for snowboarding and there is plenty of it here on the four mountain faces. A quad lift system will get you to the teetering tops of the continental divide. From there, choose your backcountry passion. Bowls filled with trees and lots of natural hits will have your heart racing. Imagine seeing the mountain scenery from high in the air before landing on the soft, slick and super-fast snow to continue down the mountain. There are places for any level of snowboarder in the Ptarmigan, Larch or Paradise areas. Practice your game or strut your stuff here in boarder’s heaven.
Here in Jasper National Park is a place to make advanced snowboarders salivate – Eagle Ridge. Twenty double black-diamond runs, scary slopes, plenty of bowls and lots of backcountry to make the perfect place to show off your skills. Dodge trees, grab open air and challenge yourself here. Although Marmot Basin is set up to handle all skill levels, Eagle Ridge is for advanced snowboarders. Don’t over-estimate your abilities here. If you can handle it, then grab your board and head up the lift system for the best opportunities in the Canadian Rockies to ride an adrenaline high.
No snowboarder worth his powder would forget to mention Whistler/Blackcomb as a top destination. However, this popularity also brings along the crowds. Be ready for long waits in line and slopes that are not secluded. Crowds aside, this is one of the best snowboarding places in the world. Superpipes, Olympian-worthy terrain parks, back-country bowls that are amazing and plenty of powder make this the number one destination for thrill-seekers looking to do their tricks while airborne. These two mega-mountains are home to the annual World Ski and Snowboard festival in April. If you are not quite ready to tackle the slopes, just enjoy watching as pros show how it’s done.