Top 5 most extreme snowboard destinations

If your tried and true slope spot isn’t getting you going like it used to, you might need to start upping your game. Or maybe you just need a little jolt to your routine. Pack your bags and head to one of these extreme snowboard destinations that are sure to make your heart beat a little faster.

Whether you’re there for the thrill or are training for something in particular, check one some of these destinations to get your blood flowing again:

  1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia. The best meets the extreme with this resort. With the largest drop and steepest inbound terrain of any resort, this is for thrill-seeking boarders. Because Canada is relatively easy to travel to, you get an out-of-this-world experience without having to spend your life’s savings of airfare.
  2. Antarctica. While this may not be very practical, the adventure would certainly be extreme. Plenty of mad men have made the trek to the frigid hills, where you’ll need to be an expert climber as well as an extremely skilled rider to leave the continent in one piece. If you’re ready for some serious adventure and you have more money than you know what to do with, then why not take the trip?
  3. Chacaltaya, Bolivia. This is the world’s highest resort at an elevation of 5,400 meters above sea level. At this height you won’t be able to have the most eventful ride of your life without an oxygen tank, but you will be able to check another extreme off your list.
  4. Buttermilk, Colorado. If you want to stay in the U.S. to get your thrills, try out a few Colorado legends. The X Games team has jumped over the gaps and rode the step-downs that are made in this park. While the crew tones down the park for the daring riders, they still are encouraged to create heart-pumping trails where they use everything they can get their hands on to keep riders guessing.
  5. Mammoth Mountain, California. You don’t have to flee the country to find some truly unique parks. While you may not be outrunning an avalanche, this park will have you jibbing on some seriously strange things like a wrecking ball or satellite dish. If you’re still learning how to up your ante, you can visit the Mambo park side, where the same features will be toned down for a learning curve.