Hi guys! know of any resonably cheap snowboardn places for beginners??
Considering the 2005/06 season is just round the corner im thinking of going for a week in jan 06 but where guys? some of you who've been before should be fitta help me out!
Sweden and Norway have some pretty good spots (maybe not cheap but they never are):
Åre, Trysil, Sälen, Riksgränsen, Idre... Haven't been to the Alps actually (though I really want to go - SOOO much!!!) so I can't really help you there...
Ive been to Killington in Vermont and they seemed to have a pretty good set-up for snowboarders - lots of scary looking ramps and iron bars, and so forth.
The snow there was great as well! Very soft. And there are lots of trees. The ski resorts in Europe apparently dont have as many.
I flew for €87 each way with Aer Lingus to Boston - excellent value! We hired a car over there to get up to Vermont but there are probably others way of getting there.
How cheap are we talking here?
Might be better to get a cheap Ryanair flight to the south of Austria or North of Italy....
You can take a Zoom Air flight to Toronto and bus it to Montreal and then take one more bus to Mont Tremblant! It's one of the best resorts in North America, although it'll cost you your eye teeth. Barring that, there are quite a few nice hills just north of Montreal. Try here for a list of resorts and mountains. Some offer good deals on lodging, food and lift tickets - although the first week of January is always more expensive.
The Alps are alwasy great for any standard of skiing/snowbarding (and the apres ski is good too!). Easyjet usually does quite cheap flights to Geneva. However once there expect to pay for being in the Alps (especially in the Swiss ones!). Alternitavely, North Italy has some good resorts for beginners apparently!
I would suggest the Swiss Alps, simply because there is an affordable gem in the mountains waiting to be discovered. A small town called Gryon, website by the same name, Backpacker Hostel located right there and ski packages offered from 124 Euro's, definately worth a visit.
I´m gonna suggest something different here. Sierra Nevada ski station (Granada, South Spain) prides itself for being the most southern ski station in europe, and the cheaper in spain. Very welcoming with snowboarders, you won´t be dissapointed!
The only down from my point of view, season is quite short (nov-may) but if you are planning to go in january you wont find any problems as is the best time!
Direct flights with Ryanair and Monarch from liverpool, stansted and gatwick!
Any more information check out http://www.interealtygazette.com/sierra_nevada_granada_spain.htm
PS. Anyone has been there that can provide some more feedback?
Try Bansko Bulgaria!! There has been MASSIVE investment in the ski facilities and they're really top class now. You can get there for 50 quid on Wizzair and then a top class apartment rental for 250ish. Bansko gets lots of great snow and you can ski right up to April. There's also ski cannons on 80% of the runs. Not only all that but you can experience staying in an ancient village. I found this site which has lots of info: