Are you looking for an early season snowboarding holiday? Many people believe that you can only hit the slopes after Christmas. However, there are more options to get some sunny early season snowboarding days in than you’d think.
Warm runs in a t-shirt, slushy forgiving conditions, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with some legit snowboarding professionals in early-season training are all very good reasons why you should consider getting your shred on in October and November, instead of waiting for the mad rush of January and February.
Here are the best places in Europe to go early-season snowboarding
Stubai – Austria
The Stubai glacier in Austria opens at the end of September, making it a firm favourite among snowboarders both pro and regular- Joes alike to get some early season laps in, and shaking off that summer rust.
Stubai is the largest glacier in Austria, meaning there’s plenty to do, whatever level of snowboarder you are. Blue, red, and black runs are all plentiful, with a mixture of chair lifts and drags to get you back up the hill again.
Each year sees an official opening of the glacier for the season called the Stubai Premier. In 2016 proceedings begin on 21st October where the world-famous Stubai Zoo terrain park will open, along with a weekend packed full of competitions, guest appearances, film premiers, and some of that world famous Austrian après.
For more on the Stubai Premier, see their website.