THE PERFECT SNOWBOARDING HOLIDAY

THE PERFECT SNOWBOARDING HOLIDAY

Loading...

It's been said so many times and yet it hasn't lost any of its truth - snowboarding is more than a sport, it's a way of life. What could be better than powdering through freshly fallen snow? Whether on wide, freshly groomed slopes, off-piste in deep snow or with stylish lines through the fun park - gliding down into the valley on your board is simply pure freedom. 

If you've got the urge now and are already planning a snowboarding holiday in your mind, we offer you the perfect overview with this guide. Here you can find out everything you need to know - from the right snowboard set-up to the perfect ski resort. We answer important questions, for example, how quickly can I learn to snowboard? Or how much will the equipment cost? We prepare you for your first adventure on the slopes.

Loading...

1. LEARNING TO SNOWBOARD - FROM BEGINNER TO PRO

If you are going on a snowboarding holiday for the first time, you should definitely not do it alone. It's up to you whether you go with a few experienced friends, learn snowboarding in a ski school or take a few lessons with a private snowboard instructor. Either way, it's best to start on a flat practice slope. The first few lessons are all about keeping your balance and using light weight shifts to train your balance. If you have ever stood on a skateboard or surfboard before, you will probably recognise a few parallels. Even though you'll end up on your knees or butt more often at first, you'll get the hang of it quickly and often be able to turn safely on the slopes after a few days.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO SWITCH FROM SKIING TO SNOWBOARDING?

Of course, skiing and snowboarding are two different things. But if you can get halfway down the mountain on skis, you'll have an advantage when you try snowboarding for the first time. After all, in both sports you glide over the snow with one or two boards. If you know a snowboarder, just ask him if you can try out his board. Of course, even experienced skiers should start their first attempts on a snowboard on a practice hill with a slight incline. You can estimate the level of difficulty of the ski slopes that suits your snowboarding ability based on the number of lessons you have taken at the snowboard school. For example, you should take at least five lessons in the skiing area to be able to ride relatively safely. You can usually learn to turn in 1-5 days. However, it also depends on movement talent or possible previous knowledge from skiing or even surfing and skating.
While skiers can brake quite easily with the ski plane, boarders need a bit more practice to hammer the edges into the snow. That's essentially what snowboarding is all about: By pushing either the frontside or backside edge into the snow, you determine the direction of the turn. By shifting your weight with your knees slightly bent, you can also practice "edging up" on the frontside or backside edge while standing. When braking and carving, a lot is done by edging up. With your weight on the front foot, you can now determine the direction of your turn by shifting your weight and moving your shoulders. To brake, you must also simply shift all your weight onto one of the two edges. Lean your body towards the slope and push the edge deep into the snow.

WHEN AM I AN ADVANCED SNOWBOARDER?

Once you have successfully completed the first few days on the practice hill and have mastered the basics, you are ready for your first trip on a real slope. On a wide beginner's slope, it's enough if you can safely edge up or carve turns and brake well. However, if you want to get through a fun park safely, you should also be able to ride backwards safely. When carving wide turns, try riding a few metres to fakie, i.e. backwards. If you can safely switch from regular to fakie position and back again, you are ready for your first laps in the fun park. You also need special skills for free-riding off-piste. In deep snow, the weight should always be on the back foot, otherwise you can quickly dig your nose into the snow. You should also be aware of the avalanche danger in open terrain and inform yourself about the avalanche warning levels!

Loading...

2. FIND YOUR SNOWBOARD DESTINATION - THE 10 BEST SKI RESORTS FOR SNOWBOARDERS

In a survey by snowplaza.de, over 33,000 skiers and snowboarders voted on the best ski resorts in the Alpine region. We present the 10 best ski resorts for snowboarders.

Zillertal-Arena 

Let's start with the Zillertal Arena. On the more than 140 kilometres of pistes above the villages of Gerlos, Königsleiten and Zell am Ziller, no wish is left unfulfilled. The fun parks on the various glaciers have something to offer for every level of difficulty.


SKI JEWEL ALPBACHTAL WILDSCHÖNAU

The Ski-Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau convinces with up to seven kilometres of valley runs that demand everything from the muscles. Thanks to a new connection, the skiing area is now even bigger and, with many medium-difficulty slopes or fun parks, particularly well suited for families.


Salzburger Sportwelt

This year, the Salzburger Sportwelt is once again one of the top ten. The modern ski area offers over 230 km of ski slopes and up to 260 km of cross-country ski trails. All ski areas in the neighbouring villages such as Flachau, Wagrain, St. Johann or Alpendorf are connected by a comfortable ski bus.

Ski Arlberg

Ski Arlberg is one of the oldest and largest ski areas in Austria. Ultra-modern ski lifts and cable cars, over 305 kilometres of pistes and numerous deep-snow slopes make the Arlberg region one of the most popular ski areas in Austria. Powder until the doctor comes at the Arlberg.

Gröden und Seiser Alm

In Italy, the proverbial sun is always shining - this also applies to the far north. With an average of over 300 days of sunshine a year, the ski area of the Val Gardena and Alpe di Siusi region is one of the sunniest spots in the Alps. Snowboarders in particular appreciate Italy's largest snow park on the Alpe di Siusi, in addition to the high level of hospitality. The so-called "Wood-Line" with various wooden obstacles is world famous.

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

The Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis region has a total of 214 kilometres of superbly groomed pistes. The skiing area convinces with a varied and family-friendly offer for all winter sports. Due to the altitude, many of the slopes are extremely snow-sure.

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental

In addition to the 280 kilometres of pistes in SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, there are 21 valley runs and 90 lifts, as well as ten kilometres of floodlit pistes that can be skied until late at night - an absolute highlight of the Skiwelt.

Sölden

For decades, Sölden has been one of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps. This year, the Ötztal is once again at the forefront. Including the glacier and the longest valley run in Austria (15 kilometres), the ski area offers around 144 kilometres of piste. The resort is also known for its excellent après-ski facilities.

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

At the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, the name says it all. With over 270 kilometres of pistes, the ski area is one of the largest in Austria. There are countless opportunities for beginners as well as freeriders and freestylers to let off steam. And if you still haven't had enough afterwards, you can carry on straight away at the top après-ski in Saalbach-Hinterglemm.

Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun

The most popular ski area at the moment is the Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun - and for a good reason. A large part of the ski slopes are at an altitude of over 2000 metres, which ensures excellent snow conditions until Easter and beyond. The varied ski area has perfect fun parks to offer, especially for snowboarders. In addition, the region is also known for its debauched après-ski.
Those who don't want to travel so far will also find what they are looking for in the Sauerland. The Winterberg ski lift carousel is also very popular with skiers and snowboarders.



Loading...

3. TIPS FOR ACCOMMODATION AND COSTS

Once you have found your ski resort, you will of course need suitable accommodation. Since travel and ski passes are often quite expensive, there are suitable accommodations for every budget. Cheap doesn't have to mean bad - on the contrary, winter camping or stylish hostels are very popular, especially with young people. The prices for accommodation and ski passes vary greatly here, too, of course, and depend on the ski area. While smaller day passes, for example, are available for as little as 20 euros, ski passes for a week often cost several hundred euros. However, this also includes the use of all lifts and cable cars. Complete ski trips including transport, ski pass and accommodation are often offered for 300 to 400 euros. Of course, you can also plan everything yourself. Here are the most common accommodations for skiing holidays.

Hotels

Even though there are fortunately no large skyscrapers in most ski resorts, there are many hotels that cater to winter sports enthusiasts. These hotels often offer in-house ski schools as well as exclusive bus transfers or relaxation packages. For an overnight stay, you pay an average of 80 euros per night.

FLATS AND HOLIDAY HOMES

Flats and holiday flats are probably the most frequently used hostels for skiing or snowboarding holidays. Whether it's from a travel agency or Air BnB, if you're going on holiday with friends or family, flats are the most worthwhile. Depending on the number of people, you can get a whole flat for as little as 150 euros per week. Most holiday flats in ski resorts have their own ski cellar for boots and equipment.

HUTS

If you want to go snowboarding with a larger group, you can also rent an entire hut. Many winter sports regions offer rustic mountain huts for groups to rent. Here you have perfect access to the ski slopes and experience authentic Alpine feeling on the alpine pasture.

Hostels

Hostels are also available for those on a budget. Whether in a dormitory or single room, life pulsates in these trendy accommodations. Young people in particular prefer a trendy hostel to a run-of-the-mill hotel. A cheap bed in a dormitory can often be had for as little as 15 euros a night.

Wintercamping

If you like to travel by motorhome or caravan in summer, you can also do so in winter. Many ski resorts also offer winter camping. With the right equipment, you can spend a great winter holiday of a different kind at the winter-proof campsites. Pitches are often available from 15 to 20 euros per day.
Loading...

4. HIT THE SLOPES!

Every larger ski resort also offers modern fun parks where you can really let off steam in terms of freestyle. In addition to kickers and jump ramps, there is often also a half pipe and various rail constructions. Whether it's 360 Bs Grab or Lipslide to Fakie - you can have a really good time in a fun park. Locals often shape small kickers off-piste to ride a gap in a natural ambience. Just keep your eyes open for spots on your next freeride. The temptation is great, but if it's your first time on a snowboard, you should stick to flatter practice slopes at first. You can recognise these by the green markings, blue slopes are for beginners with a little experience or those returning to the sport, red slopes are for advanced skiers and black slopes are for real experts. Some ski areas also have slopes exclusively for snowboarders. These pistes are characterised by few draw sections and a varied route profile. Unprepared ski routes are for deep snow lovers. These are often located away from the prepared pistes.

Loading...

4.1. OVERVIEW OF THE DIFFERENT SLOPES

Type of piste Descriptio Gradient Ski area
Green or practice slopes suitable for beginners to practice correct falling first turns  from 6 to 25 percent Winterberg
Alpe d'Huez
Aletsch Arena
Blue Blue for beginners and returning skiers, families with children Try out techniques up to 25 percent Winterberg
Sölden
Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
Red medium difficulty for advanced skiers moderate challenge up to 40 percent Saalbach
Oberstdorf
Gröden
Schwarz Black for professionals and experts requires experience and safety on the board World Cup format over 40 per cent Sölden, the "black cannon barrel" is one of the most notorious black slopes
Davos-Kloster in der Schweiz
Andermatt
St. Anton
Exclusively for snowboarders few flat "draw sections" natural obstacles kickers and jump ramps average gradient Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal
Livigno
Seiser Alm
Unprepared ski routes untouched deep snow less "traffic" different variations Various backcountry tours
Funparks Fun parks for tricks and jumps moderate gradient of various difficulty levels up to 40 percent Zillertal
Laax
Zermatt
Loading...

4.2. EVENTS AND APRÉS-SKI

Skiing holidays and après-ski simply belong together. A day on the slopes makes you thirsty, so after the last descent you meet in the valley for a few drinks. People celebrate and dance to exuberant party music until it's time to hit the slopes again the next day. Here are the five most popular après-ski parties in the Alps.


1. ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL IN SÖLDEN

At the Electric Mountain Festival, the biggest DJs of the electro scene come to Sölden every year to celebrate a gigantic après-ski party at 2300 m above sea level.


2. Top of the Mountain concerts in Ischgl

Top international stars do the honours at the Top of the Mountain concerts in Ischgl every year, such as rock legend Lenny Kravitz in 2019.


3. après-ski hits at the Mooserwirt in St. Anton.

Here the name says it all. At the Après-Ski-Hits at the Mooserwirt, the big names of the party scene come together. If you like Ballermann flair in the mountains, you'll love it here.


4th Rave on Snow in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

The beginnings of Rave on Snow go back more than 25 years, when a few snowboarders had a party in the mountains. In the meantime, the electro festival is known beyond the region and features the hottest DJs in the line-up.


5. Tomorrowland Winter

Tomorrowland Winter is the snow version of the Belgian electro festival. In the unique atmosphere of the infamous ski resort Alpe d'Huez in France, you can experience a unique trip.

Loading...

5. WHICH RIDING STYLE SUITS ME?

Not all snowboarding is the same. There are many different ways of doing this sport. The riding styles differ both in the type of terrain profile and in the demands on the board. From freeride style, which can be ridden on any terrain, to back-country riders, who prefer to ride off-piste in deep snow, to freestyle, where tricks and slides play a major role, there is also a suitable set-up for each style. Freestyle snowboarding usually takes place in parks or halfpipes. Since there is a lot of "to fakie" riding, it is important that the board can be ridden both forwards and backwards. Race boards, for example, which are all about getting down the slope as fast as possible, are less suitable for riding backwards because of their straight tails.

  • Freeride board
  • Race board
  • Carving board
  • Freestyle board
  • Longboard
  • Swallowtail
  • Splitboard
  •  Allround-Board
  • Jib-Board
  • Rocker

These are the most common snowboard variants. Here you will also find a detailed guide to the boards.

Loading...

6. NOW AT PLANET SPORTS: VIDEO BUYING ADVICE

But there's a lot more to it than just finding the right deck. If all the new terms are too much for you, we'll be happy to advise you online with our video buying guide. Via YouTube video we help you with the right snowboard length, binding assembly and the right snowboard boots.

Loading...

7. EQUIPMENT

Of course, a complete set of snowboarding equipment is expensive and you can easily spend a few hundred euros on board, boots and equipment. If you are on a snowboarding holiday for the first time, you can easily rent your set-up. This way you can test out which style suits you best. If you get board fever after your first trip and want to hit the slopes regularly from now on, it is of course a good idea to get your own equipment. Generally speaking, renting equipment for a week costs about 150 euros. Accordingly, the purchase costs of your own equipment will already have paid for themselves after two or three holidays.

7.1. WHAT YOU NEED BESIDES YOUR BOARD

CLOTHING

The right clothing is of course almost as important as the right board. Snow pants / snowboard pants and a weatherproof jacket are essential. The material should protect against wind and weather or repel moisture. Often, particularly stressed areas such as the buttocks or knees are additionally reinforced. But a hat, snow goggles or snowboard gloves are also part of every snowboarding outfit.

Transport
Since a snowboard is quite fragile off-piste, you should also think about a way to transport the board. Specially made board bags are the best way to protect the board from scratches or other damage. There are also certain cases and backpacks with board catchers from manufacturers like Burton or Dakine.

Savety
Safety equipment also plays an essential role, of course. A helmet is always recommended, whether you're in the fun park or on the slopes. If you ski a lot off-piste in the back-country, for example, you should go for an avalanche rescue kit. This kit usually includes a GPS transmitter and a small shovel that you can use to get out of tricky situations. Especially if you spend a lot of time in the freestyle area, you should also rely on a back protector for snowboarders, which will protect you from serious injuries to your spine.

Health
To protect your health, you should definitely use the safety items mentioned above. But you can also do something good for your body after your session. Pain-relieving gels are just as essential on a snowboarding trip as strong sunscreen. Even when the sky is cloudy, the radiation in the mountains is very high. Ski goggles or sunglasses are also indispensable to avoid getting snow-blind on the first day.

ⓘ Information on COVID-19: Please observe the current hygiene protection measures, both during your holiday on site and during your arrival and departure. The rules can vary greatly from region to region. More information can be found on the website of the German government

Loading...

8. HOLIDAY CHECKLIST

Have I thought of everything? Before your trip starts, you should carefully check what you actually need to take with you. Here is the ultimate checklist for your snowboarding holiday to make it as easy as possible:

Essential equipment:

  • Snowboard
  • Snowboard boots
  • Snowboard bindings
  • Snowboard jacket
  • Snowboard gloves
  • (Back) protectors
  • Snowboard hat
  • Snowboard helmet
  • Snowboard goggles(For bad weather. With vision enhancement, UV protection, etc.)
  • Snowboard socks
  • Snowboard functional underwear

Optional equipment:

  • Fleece underjackets (To lock up your gear at the station)
  • Avalanche rescue kit
  • Car roof rack
  • Spare parts kit
  • First aid kit


Loading...

9. FAQ: SNOWBOARDING

If you already have experience on the slopes through skiing, you can rent a board for a day during your ski holiday. Or simply ask a friend with a similar boot size if you can ride their set-up once. Particularly at the beginning and end of the season, people who have changed skis can rent at particularly favourable conditions.

Yes, these slopes are usually a bit wider so that you can carve really nicely. In addition, snowboard slopes have few or no flat sections. In addition, there are always small obstacles on snowboard slopes, such as benches or ramps, where you can throw in a few tricks.

Riding the chairlift is a challenge for many newcomers. But it's actually not that difficult: simply take your back foot out of the binding and, similar to skateboarding, give it a boost with your foot. After you have taken your seat, you can simply place the board on the footrests provided.

If you can't or don't want to leave your board by your feet, the gondolas have devices on the outside of their cabins where you can put your winter sports equipment.

Of course, snowboard boots are not primarily designed for walking around a lot, but they don't break right away. So-called soft boots are a bit more comfortable than hard boots made of plastic and can also be worn during the après-ski party without any problems.

It depends on how and where you ride. Freestyle boarders who fly around a lot or slide over rails should definitely use a back protector. If you only want to carve a little on the slopes, you don't necessarily have to wear a protector. However, it is never wrong.

That depends on your personal feeling. In general, however, you should bear in mind that you will start to sweat quite a bit during the descent. Warm ski socks also make a good contribution to heat regulation.

This is probably the question most beginners ask themselves. In any case, you should start slowly, but not too slowly either, otherwise you'll soon be sitting on the seat of your trousers again. Try to stretch out your arms a little and keep your balance. When carving deep, you can of course also try to support yourself with your hands on the slope. The shoulder movement usually determines the direction of the carve.

Loading...

10. SUMMARY: OFF TO YOUR SNOWBOARDING HOLIDAY!

If you know which ski resort you want to go to, what you need to consider on site and what equipment you need, then you are well on the way to your perfect snowboarding holiday. Are you still missing something? Then take a look around our snowboard shop. Stock up on your essentials at Planet Sports - and then off you go for winter fun!

Loading...

THE HOLIDAY EQUIPMENT

WOMAN


SHOP NOW

KIDS


SHOP NOW
Loading...