If there’s one thing that’s clear, the best ski resorts aren’t always the best snowboarding resorts. It’s not just that certain U.S. destinations are skiers-only resorts (we see you, Alta Ski Area), it’s that some mountains just happen to have better boarding culture than the rest (whether it’s a history of snowboard competitions, perfect powder conditions, or next-level terrain parks).
You'll find many of the best places to snowboard west of the Rockies (or smack dab in the middle of them at places like Telluride, Crested Butte, Sun Valley, and Park City) where the peaks are tall and the elevations record-breaking. But don't rule out the East Coast completely — both New York's Whiteface Mountain and Vermont's Stratton made our list, too. Whether you're an expert rider with tricks to spare or a snowboarding newbie just starting out, there's something for everyone at the best snowboarding resorts in the U.S.
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If snowboarding will just be one of the activities you're planning for this season, check out our best winter vacation and family vacation ideas for other ideal destinations. And, if boarding just isn’t your thing, try one of the best ski resorts in America instead.