Snowboarding Resorts

For quality time spent with the family, snowboarding resorts can't be beat. There aren't many activities that include both adults and children on a snowboarding vacation, but a week spent at one of the many resorts across the United States is chock full of opportunities for the whole crew to enjoy each others' company. Now that you've settled on this type of adventure vacation, you'll need to figure out which snowboarding resort is best for you and your family. Here are some things to think about as you search for the perfect place for your next holiday.

Budget

With the economy continuing to languish, it's important to take your budget into account. Snowboarding resorts can be quite expensive when you take into account food, lodging, equipment rental (or purchase), and lift tickets. Depending on the size of your family, you could easily be looking at thousands of dollars racked up on your credit card. To that end, you should decide how much money you want to budget before you go about picking a resort. Look for snowboarding packages to help minimize the feeling of being nickeled and dimed throughout your holiday.

International, or Stateside

For the ultimate snowboarding vacation, you may want to get your passport ready. France and Switzerland are both renowned for their great resorts-you'll love the fresh snow, and friendly faces. You'll also give your kids access to an entirely different culture, something they're sure to benefit from. Of course, British Columbia is just a stone's throw away, and hosts some fantastic skiing and snowboarding as well.

Location

Let's say that an international trip isn't going to do it this year. Now that you've settled on an American vacation, it's time to decide where you want to go. You'll find snowboarding in virtually every state north of the Mason-Dixon line, as well as Virginia and North Carolina. Of course, there are a few locations with the kind of premier snow that you and your kids dream of-fluffy powder that glides right under the board. If that's what you're after, you'll want to head to Utah, Montana, Colorado, or Northern California. Each of these states is renowned for great snow and challenging terrain. For those of you in the Northeast, Vermont is as good as it gets unless you're ready to hop on a plane.

Picking a Resort

So you know where you want to go; now it's time to decide on the specific resort. Certain snowboarding resorts have acquired reputations as trendy spots where the celebs make an annual appearance just to be seen. Others are more well-known for the quality of the snowboarding. Finally, you'll want to take into account whether your resort is located in a town with some decent entertainment. Though you'll likely be totally wiped out after a full day on the mountain, you might want to know that there is at least the option of a fun night out on the town.

Deciding which snowboarding resort to head to shouldn't be stressful. So give one a shot this year, and if it's not a good fit, there's always next winter! The important thing is to get out onto the slopes, bringing your family together for a vacation they won't soon forget.






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