Unusual Snowboarding Spots

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If you love snowboarding but want to go somewhere a bit different check out our thoughts and ideas.

If you are fortunate enough to take your snowboarding adventures on a global scale, then you have probably planned a visit to popular snowboarding spots like the Swiss Alps and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There are, no doubt, some amazing luxurious snowboarding resorts on those mountains, and they do offer a comfortable experience in addition to fast lifts and guaranteed snow.

But, if the story of the mountain is just as important to you as the experience in the lodges, then you may want to venture off the beaten path for a more adventurous snowboarding experience.

Our friends over at popular snowboarding blog snowboarding days have compiled this great list of 10 locations that you wouldn’t think possible to go snowboarding. Enjoy!

10 - Timberline, Oregon

Timberline Lodge sits near the peak of Mount Hood just below the Palmer glacier which allows it to claim the status of the only snowboarding resort in the United States to be open year round. If you want to check out dramatic jumps and landscapes in the middle of the summer, Timberline is a good bet.

9 - Ski Dubai, Dubai

This resort is unique in that it is indoors, but it still offers a fantastic terrain for snowboarding. Its Free Style zone offers five different runs with a vertical drop of 180 feet.

8 - Mzaar, Lebanon

The Mzaar snowboarding resort lies only an hour away from Beirut. The slopes in the middle of Mount Lebanon offer top quality runs.

7- Atlas Mountain, Morocco

Some 80 kilometers away from Marrakech, you will find a paradise of powder in the Atlas Mountains. Africa's highest resorts lie in these mountains at some 3,000 meters up the slopes. The trails are diverse enough to satisfy both novice and advanced snowboarders. 

6- Troodos, Cyprus

The snow on Mount Olympus doesn't stick around for long, but if you head out to Troodos at the right time in the season, you can hit the slopes and then head to the beach in one trip.

5 - Monte Rosa, Italy

Though it is in the middle of the Alps, the Italian ski resort of Monte Rosa manages to remain off the beaten path. It offers great jumps and stellar views.

4 - Grand Targhee, Wyoming

Grand Targhee is known for having great dry, fluffy snow on its slopes. The resort also offers great amenities like a full service spa and great on-site restaurants.

3 - Valle Nevado, Chile

Chile is becoming a more sought after location for skiing and snowboarding, but Valle Nevado still offers unique slopes that are off the beaten path for adventurous snowboarders. Catch stunning views of the Andes mountains while you fly down.

2 - Saint-Lary, France

Situated in the Pyrennees, Saint-Lary offers an expansive terrain with a great view. Come here to snowboard, and if you visit in the off-season, check out the working dairy farms.

1 - Chacaltaya, Bolivia

Located 17,400 feet above sea level, the Chacaltaya glacier is the only snowboarding area in Bolivia. The beauty of the Andes mountains and the stunningly high elevation make the Chacaltaya glacier a fantastic snowboarding spot.

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