Avoriaz is honoured for its snowboarding antiquity. Being one of France’s first resorts to devote specific zones to the sport, it continues to interest boarders from all over Europe. All zones are accessible for beginners and are also challenging enough for more experienced shredders.

La Grave is for the more experienced, but once you’ve got the ability, it is worth the ride. The landscape includes 2164 metres of white powder which creates your descent. Since only a select few have what it takes, there is no concern for a large amount of people on the slopes.

Tignes is another of France’s pioneer snowboard resorts. It hosts Europe’s only version of the X-Games and keenly invites boarders to take to its challenge. Tignes’ snow park is one of the largest in the world. It measures 2.5 kilometres in length and covers approximately 500 metres of vertical drop.

Serre Chevalier might be one of the best wagers in France. Its landscape includes large numbers of drop-offs, banks and channels, and flat terrain to straight-line for a dose of haste and adrenaline.

Les Arcs could be one of France’s best snowboard resorts. Since it sprawls over 2750 hectares of skiable land, the park offers almost all types of environment imaginable.

This makes it a great place for all levels, where novices can learn and hard-core shredders can push themselves to the maximum. Here is where Austria’s Darren Powel set the snowboard speed record of 196.937 kilometres per hour.

Chamonix is well-known and respected by even the most experienced riders. The Combe de la Pendant offers 1000 metres of ungroomed descent..

Chamonix also hosts the Freeride World Tour annually. While the resort does have some green and blue tracks, it’s not really a beginner’s best bet. Improve your skills and then come to ride this French legend.

Written by Patrick Hartle