My 6th and final trip to the alps from my time living in London and after my trip to NZ, I had to leave it pretty late in the season to get it done, the prospect of a winter with no snowboarding was too difficult to contemplate. We based ourselves in Courmayeur on the Italian […]
Another fun season! 10 days, 4 countries (Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the East Coast of the U.S.), 200+ km boarded, 30,000m vertical drop.
When coming up with a shortlist of locations for 2015’s long weekend of snowboarding, Spain, Slovenia and Bulgaria were thrown around, the village of Bansko in Bulgaria seemed like the best bet. Over the past few years they’ve spent tens of millions on the village and lift system, it’s still mega cheap and the terrain, while no Alps, looked pretty decent. So we ventured East.
One of the many travel-related things I wanted to do upon arriving in the Northern Hemisphere was to snowboard on all four sides of the alps. All that remained was the incredibly expensive Swiss Alps, and with the window being over the New Year period it was even more spendy than usual. So we decided to be smart and stay on the much cheaper Italian side at Brueil-Cervinia which lies on the border with Switzerland and in the shadow of the legendary Matterhorn. Armed with a shiny new GoPro, a guy with skis and advice from the Wizard we gave the place a good look.
It’s been a pretty epic 2014, snowboarding trips to Austria (+ Liechtenstein), France and Andorra with some of the best snow I’ve had. 17 days, 4 countries, 440km boarded & 79,200m vertical drop.
Snowboarding trip number 3 for 2014 and we headed to Andorra for a snow festival called Snowboxx. The week started in Toulouse then we drove down to Andorra which is nestled in the Pyrenees mountains between Spain and France.
Snowboarding trip number two for 2014 was back to the French Alps in Val Thorens which makes up one of the Les Trois Vallées. Another catered chalet for the week was on the cards with a great crew keen to sample the French après and powder. We lucked out with close to the perfect mix of bluebird days and storms dumping fresh snow.
The first of my three snowboarding trips for 2014, St Anton is part of the Arlberg ski area which is one of the biggest in the world. Add to that what is arguably the best après ski, a great crew and a catered chalet and it was a pretty awesome way to start the year.
While not as easy as heading to Mt Ruapehu for the weekend, flying to the alps for 3 days snowboarding is a pretty good option. Staying in Sauze D’Oulx (Jouveneaux to be precise) in the Italian Alps is a great spot for endless terrain, fantastic off-piste and top-notch pizza, pasta and espresso.
We decided to finish off 2012 with a trip to the French Alps, and a week over Christmas at Tignes (pronounced Teen-e) sounded like an awesome idea. We were lucky enough to get great weather, great snow and an almost limitless resort to explore.