If you’re planning your next winter getaway, you might be asking yourself, “What are some great places to snowboard near me?” Good news: there are tons of snowboard-friendly ski resorts with ideal powder conditions and challenging terrain right here in the US. Whether you’re just looking to shred the slopes with friends and family for the weekend or are interested in a longer stay, you won’t have to travel too far (nor will you have to deal with severe jet lag) to make your snow days memorable. Check out these great US snowboarding destinations for a truly fantastic winter vacation.
Test your skills at Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado
A 5-time host of the Burton US Open, Vail Mountain Resort has made a name for itself as a premium snowboarding resort. Powder hounds from all over the world flock to Vail each year to explore the over 5,000 acres of terrain. The resort also has 2 parks with jumps, half pipes, boxes, rails, and other features specifically designed to test your freestyle snowboarding skills. The après-ski scene is also top-notch, with tons of cozy yet chilled out bars and restaurants near the resort. Sample some food and drink after a day on the slopes before taking the shuttle back to your roomy condo rental to recharge in the outdoor pool, hot tub, or even your own luxury bathroom with a steam room.
Snowboard in the spring at Mammoth Mountain in California
If time has gotten away from you and your winter getaway has instead turned into a spring or summer sojourn, don’t fret. You can still squeeze in some snowboarding at Mammoth Mountain in California, whose season extends well into July (and sometimes August). The mountain’s summit sits at over 11,000 ft above sea level and, on average, receives 400 in of snow each year. The resort itself has over 3,500 acres of terrain and a variety of features, including 22-, 18-, and 11-foot pipes. Condo rentals are available within a short walk or drive away and come complete with king-sized beds, cozy fireplaces, outdoor grills, pools, and hot tubs. Complimentary parking is also offered by many rentals and will help make your stay a truly hassle-free vacation.
Shred the Adirondacks at Whiteface Mountain in New York
Situated just a 15-minute drive from the pristine waters of Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain offers skiers and snowboarders the chance to explore over 80 trails across approximately 300 acres of terrain. The mountain’s summit offers stunning views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, and you can even look out over neighboring Vermont and Canada on a clear day. Rent a getaway cabin or chalet in the woods with all the comforts of home—fully equipped kitchens, on-site laundry, fire pits, private Jacuzzis, and wraparound decks make it easy to leave the world behind for a weekend (or longer). Even so, given how vacation rentals in the area are conveniently located within a short drive of both Lake Placid and the snowboarding resort, you certainly won’t lack for options if you also feel like partaking in the après-ski scene.
Snowboard the day away at Stratton Mountain in Vermont
The first resort to welcome snowboarders onto its slopes, Stratton Mountain in Vermont is a must-visit for powder aficionados. The resort has 100 trails spread over more than 670 acres, and while there are quite a few advanced and intermediate runs, 40% are beginner-friendly, so if you’re just learning how to snowboard, you’ll be able to get plenty of practice in. Condo rentals are available right in the heart of Stratton Village, the resort’s shopping and dining hub, or just a short walk or drive away. Many vacation rentals even offer shuttle services to and from the slopes, which make transporting equipment a snap. Vacationers will love relaxing in the communal hot tub, pools, or sauna after a long day of snowboarding before catching some shut-eye in their luxurious home away from home.
Explore world-class terrain at Park City Mountain in Utah
Park City is a top Utah destination for snow lovers. And if you prefer snowboarding to strapping on skis, you’ll definitely want to check out Park City Mountain, which hosted the snowboarding events during the 2002 Winter Olympics and continues to host several championship competitions throughout the season. While the powder quality and mountain terrain are part of the draw, Park City’s après-ski (or rather, après-snowboard) scene is also fantastic. Listen to live music near the base camp while sipping hot cocoa or craft beer with friends before heading back to your cozy ski-in/ski-out condo that comes with high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, and a fully equipped kitchen. What’s more, on-site laundry means you can pack light and rest assured you won’t run out of clean clothes during your winter getaway.