I hope the tips I gave last week helped you a bit with deciding on what kind of gear you’d need and what kind of snowboarder you are! Since now you have that information, it’s time for the next step; where to go to board? I’ll talk about the differences between inside and outside and tell you what my personal favourite places outdoor are.
Indoor vs outdoor, the pros and cons
I live in the Netherlands, and even though there is a great snowy winter sometimes, you will never have the chance to board outside, reason being? The Netherlands is flat, very flat. You might find some hills in Limburg, the most south province, but not high enough to board there, or you’ll be bored after walking up that hill with your board twice. In other words, there are no slopes in the Netherlands, so no opportunities to board.
So, besides going to Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy etc., what option do you have? Yes, you already guessed it, boarding indoor. The number of indoor ski halls in the Netherlands are expanding quickly, in the Netherlands and Germany together there are nine in total, that’s not bad right? Before you go, check whether they are artificial with mats or with fake snow. For an overview click here.
While nothing feels better than standing on the top of an outdoor slope, and the sound of your board going through real snow, with some sun if you’re lucky, indoor skiing does have some advantages.
• You can ski all year around
• You don’t have to travel for hours to get to the ski fields
• The snow quality stays consistently good
• The visibility is always excellent
• You don’t have to ski in a blizzard
• You don’t have to wear goggles
• You can wear whatever you want, it is not as cold or windy as outdoor
• It is cheap
Of course it also has some disadvantages, but I think it is a good substitute for if you don’t have the possibilities to go outside. The feeling isn’t the same, the slopes are short, the ski lifts (ski-tows) are the worst, especially for beginners on snowboards.
See here how not to do it 😉 You’ll get more confidence after watching this video, or more self-conscious…
My personal favourite
It’s not like I have money to go on winter sport holidays every year, unfortunately my parents aren’t into skiing or snowboarding at all, neither are my brothers (even though I took my younger brother to SnowWorld last month, yesterday he bought a snowboard, I know how to make people enthusiastic about my hobby, apparently!). Nonetheless, I used to go to Barcelona very often, and it’s only a two-hour drive from there to the Pyrenees. The Pyrenees are loaded with slopes, really there are so many. There’s something for everyone, big ones, cheap ones, smaller ones, etc.
La Molina, Pyrenees, Barcelona, Spain
My personal favourite is La Molina. It is very big, you get a student discount which makes it affordable, it’s near Barcelona, and it has a broad range of slopes to choose from, for beginners and professionals. Additionally, the lifts are very doable for people like me, who always have difficulties with them 😉
Cube Nassfeld, Austria
Here I actually had my first winter sport experience. I went skiing here for a week when I was 14 years old. I went with an organization (for more info about this organization, click here, via my high school. This is where my love for winter sport was born. The following year I choose snowboarding (yes yes, peer pressure) but I didn’t regret it a moment! This was an organized trip, which has a lot of advantages as well. You go with a group, you know people, you don’t have to think about accommodation or renting gear etc. Besides, it’s very big as well.
Well, this was it again for this week! Next week I’ll give you some tips about how to stay fit when snowboarding! I hope you enjoyed & till next week!
PS: If you want more details about places like La Molina, SnowWorld or Bottrop (the longest indoor ski hall in Europe), don’t hesitate to contact me!
PPS: Your own tips, tricks and feedback are always welcome!