Compare Snowboarding in Europe versus USA

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Compare Snowboarding in Europe versus USA

Postby John » Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:53 am

Here's a topic to get us started in this forum: what, in your experience, are the major differences of riding in Europe and the U.S.? (Throw Canada in either category as you wish.)

I've spent a few months in Europe, but never near a mountain, so I can't speak from experience. But I'd like to try it out sometime.
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Postby smilenl » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:26 pm

Well I can only really compare the French Alps to BC...and everything is so different.

What took me most by surprise was the amount of "grays on trays" in BC...it was great!!! In Europe the assumption of people my age, who only have done boarding, is that we would have to learn how to ski as we got older since it didn't appear it was possible to keep boarding. How wrong I was...and how happy I was to find that out when I ended up talking to a 80+ year old snowboarder in a lift queue in BC!!!

Another difference was that in Canada you rode the mountain and there were a few "no go" areas and "out of bounds" while in France you have these pistes marked on either side and everything else is considered offpiste. In France they certainly don't pay attention to areas being closed...and the concept of having your lift pass confiscated unheard of.

What took me a bit of getting used to was that in BC was that each resort was very much distinct and usually hours of driving apart. In France, one resort runs into another. Often in one lift pass you can have 100+ lifts and 700+ km of groomed pistes. You can do a day trip on your board to another country/resort and it's not a major mission....well apart from making sure you catch last lift back in the direction you need to go for your bed :wink:
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Postby welshscarry » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:49 pm

Wow. That all day riding around sounds amazing.

I had just heard the same story from a friend here who went to northern Italy.
Every little town had lifts. You would start in the morning, and sort of "rotate" around the whole mountain. With the towns at the bottom, you can schuss down and have a beer, have lunch, then just keep going...... It sounds like a boatload of fun!
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Postby smilenl » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:18 pm

Indeed it can be great! But it's also so nice to go to a small resort without huge "motorways/highways" :D
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Re: Compare Snowboarding in Europe versus USA

Postby Rob3 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:10 am

If you are crossing the Atlantic to go snowboarding, do you always take your own equipment, or do you sometimes rent when you get there?
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Re: Compare Snowboarding in Europe versus USA

Postby John2 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:20 am

Good question. I've never been to Europe for skiing/riding, but if I ever do go, I might rent. On my last big trip (to South Tahoe), I got free rentals and used them. It made my travel so much easier. I stayed at Havey's. It took me a while to find the hotel within the casino, and trudging through with an immense wheeled bag with my board (the "body bag") would have been quite a hassle.
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