10 Best Snowboarding Spots in the United States


Alpine Meadows, Calif.

Located in the north section of Lake Tahoe, Alpine Meadows is an ideal snowboarding location for boarders looking to shred the slopes. In addition to boarding, guests may also check out the beautiful lake views. Because Alpine Meadows is located at a high base elevation of about 6,840 feet (2,084 meters), the powder is usually drier and allows for fewer soggy days on the slopes.

Alpine Meadows is home to The Shreadows, a newly updated terrain park. The Shreadows makes use of banks, rolls and other natural features of the mountain, allowing boarders to board, ride, jump and rail, all on the same run.

Ranked in 2007 by Transworld Snowboarding as a top value resort, Alpine Meadows features 2,400 acres (9.7 square kilometers) of terrain to board [source: Tahoe Best]. About one quarter of the runs are suitable for beginners, while 40 percent are intermediate level and 35 percent are for expert boarders.