Even though the snow came a little late this year, the 2016-2017 snowboarding season is still looking great. Each day more and more terrain is opening and the chairlifts are turning at the big resorts in the Rockies. With world class snowboarding and some of the best mountain town in the world, Colorado is a common destination for winter vacations each year. This made me think about what the best resorts are going to be for snowboarding this year. Below is the Top 5 Colorado snowboarding mountains to visit this season.
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for snowboarding that mountain town experience look no further than Colorado most popular mountain.Vail is one of the largest ski/snowboarding areas in the world offering over 5,000 acres of rideable terrain. Not to mention, the wonderful dining and nightlife options at vail village. For years, people have flocked from all over the world to Vail to enjoy some world class snowboarding and incredible après ski activities. Don’t forget your sports sunglasses for those legendary Vail bluebird days.
Dew Tour made their first stop of the season at Breckenridge this year. This resort has long been known for their great snow conditions and killer terrain parks. If you aren’t into the freestyle snowboarding, don’t be turned off to Breck, because their backcountry riding and on-piste experience rival that of any resort in the country. Being in the Vail resorts system, Breckenridge also offers great lodging options and fun nightlife and daytime activities for all ages.
This mountain is known for it’s rugged and challenging terrain. So, if you are looking for an adrenaline pumping experience in the mountains this season, this is the place for you. This is a great place to travel to if you want to try your hand at some hike-to-ride trails. You will have to earn your turns at Bald Mountain and Black Iron Bowl which are some of the best backcountry options in the country.
Beaver Creek is another great snowboarding mountain in the Vail resorts family. It is one of the most popular mountain vacation destinations for families every year, as they offer terrain for all levels of snowboarders and a comfortable and family friendly resort experience. Beaver Creek’s world-class ski school is a great place to try your hand at snowboarding if you are visiting for the first time. This mountain is one of the smaller resorts in the Vail family with just shy of 2,000 acres of rideable terrain which makes Beaver Creek a great option for those looking for a resort experience with some snowboarding as a small part of their itinerary.
Some say that Steamboat is the powder capital of Colorado. With annual snowfall averages above 200 inches every season, that argument is very valid. They offer everything you can expect from a world-class mountain resort. From varying levels of terrain to nightlife and fine dining options to keep you busy after a long day on the board, it is clear to see why steamboat is loved by so many around the world.
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