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Alpine Extreme

There is no doubt the absolute first thing that comes to mind when talking about skiing or snowboarding alike is the Swiss Alps. The Alps are world renown for the best overall terrain and there aren't too many people who will disagree or at least publically. Switzerland's beautiful Alpine Country can only be categorized as iconically epic. By steadily embracing the snowboarding culture and the implementation of cutting-edge facilities, Switzerland has become one of the most progressive snowboarding countries in the world. Ironically, even as small as the country is there's an astonishing variety of riding provided. From servicing freeriding gurus to freestyle elites, there are not one but several different resorts to choose from; now, you just have to make that tough selection. The only foreseeable downside to this snowboarding haven is the somewhat pretentious nightlife. Then again, who is even going to have the energy to party when you've been shredding pow all day?

Verbier

The hardest part of planning this trip was where to go in Switzerland. Seriously, with resorts like Laax and Zermatt or Engelberg and Saas Fee, the choice of Verbier was no easy one. After thoroughly researching our riding styles with that of numerous publications, Verbier was the obvious choice. This resort is known for its world-class tree runs and off-piste faces that simply can't be compared to anywhere else on the planet. The runs are steep, the powder deep, and the terrain is extensive. As if that weren't enough, it's said that Verbier has a park that rivals the likes of Whistler or at times even Big Bear. This resort has everything that any two snowboarders could ask for including a pretty insane nightlife. There isn't much more that can be said; if you're not sold already then we can't help you.

For more information on Verbier Saint Bernard check out www.verbier.ch.

Town Altitude: 1500 m
Highest Peak: 3330m
Vertical Drop: 1830 m
Rideable Area: 2236 arces
KM of Pistes: 192 km
Gondolas/Chairs: 33
Parks: 3
Halfpipe: 0
Cost: $$$

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