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Old 08-21-2013, 05:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm heading to Europe early next year with my girlfriend, and hoping to go snowboarding for at least a week of it... Where would you go in my position?

I'm a decent rider, my girlfriend is relatively new however - so nothing too advanced!
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I really liked Zermatt. Nice train ride in, you can board from Switzerland to Italy and back, Matterhorn, fun nightlife (but not crazy), and no cars in the town (everything is within walking).

Biggest drawback is that Switzerland can be expensive.
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Biggest drawback is that Switzerland can be expensive.
Sounds good! How expensive are we talking...?
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I currently live in Germany, and have hit many of the Alps resorts. While I haven't made it to Zermatt yet, several of my German friends have said it's not the best for snowboarders (at least off-piste), as there are long traverses, and run outs. I'd highly recommend Austria. Lower cost, good party scene, and many, many resorts to choose from. Off my head I can think of St. Anton, Kitzbühel, Ischgl, and the Innsbruck area, as good choices. If you'd like some more off the beaten track kind of places, let me know.
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Innsbruck looks like all sorts of rad. An old European city surrounded by mountains you can ride? Yeah you can sign me up?
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I'm heading to Europe early next year with my girlfriend, and hoping to go snowboarding for at least a week of it... Where would you go in my position?

I'm a decent rider, my girlfriend is relatively new however - so nothing too advanced!
What do you expect? Priorities (high alpine? Big resort? Party town? Laid back? Sightseeing opportunities close by?) When will you come? Planning to stay in certain countries anyway?
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I live in Germany and i love to ride in Davos, a small town in the Alps. Its got great snow every winter and a pretty fun nightlive nothing too crazy. Some Fridays there is night riding on one of their mountains.

Down side is that hotels are expensive, but there are some places where you can stay for a reasonable price.

They have a huge snowboard comunity there so you definatly wont be alone! Most of the store, hotel employees speak english since its an international tourist town.

If you want more info on that one google it or hit me up since most of the websites regarding Davos will be in german.
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Sounds good! How expensive are we talking...?
Don't remember fully how much it is, but do remember that it was the most expensive of the places I went (Ireland, Germany, & Netherlands also).

There are some spots in runs that aren't ideal for boarders, but overall I thought it was okay for snowboarding.

Innsbruck is nice also, but I didn't get to ride it because I was there in the summer.
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If you want more info on that one google it or hit me up since most of the websites regarding Davos will be in german.
Davos website is in english: Ski & snowboard Davos Klostersas well as the one of Zermatt: Piste map - Zermatt Matterhorn - Zermatt Tourism
even my "small" home resort has one in english

Prices are around 55Fr. for a day pass in the "smaller" resorts, and 75Fr. at Zermatt. You get reduction for several day passes.

If you want to ride very long runs, in high alpine, looking at some of the highest mountains in Europe, I'd recommend Zermatt a lot. You're surrounded by >15'000ft peaks and glaciers in Zermatt, where the longest run is +15miles with +7400ft verticals, starting at 12'700ft. It's expensive, but worth it. Don't know what you expect by off-piste, but I've been riding my last week in April in Zermatt exclusively off-piste and had a lot of fun.

I posted this recently and just copy it here: The highest mountains in Europe (leaving out Kaukasus) are located in the three-border corner of Switzerland/France/Italy (List of Alpine four-thousanders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), most of them located in the Wallis (a canton of Switzerland).

Theres also Verbier, or in France the Mont Blanc region with e.g. Chamonix. IF you're into cheep and party towns, I guess, Austria wins.
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Innsbruck and Ischgl are nice. I'd say most anybody could do something on the mountain in those two areas.
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