Squaw Valley, Calif.
Located in Olympic Valley, Calif., about 45 minutes from Reno, Nev., Squaw Valley is a mountain village surrounded by six peaks and 4,000 acres (16 square kilometers) of terrain. The host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley has evolved into a state-of-the-art snowboarding facility. With an annual snowfall of 450 inches (1,143 centimeters) and 300 days of sunshine, Squaw Valley offers great conditions for snowboarders of all skill levels.
Be sure to ride the KT-22, a mountain named for the number of kick turns it took a skier to reach the valley from the summit. Even if you're not up for the KT-22, you're sure to find the perfect place for your skill level. Seventy percent of Squaw Valley's terrain is geared for beginner and intermediate snowboarders.
At night, you can ride under the stars on the 3.2-mile (5.1-kilometer) Mountain Run, which is open until 9 p.m.