I'm planning a trip to Europe in early 2011, and it seemed like an awesome opportunity to get some boarding in amongst the rest of my travel.
The problem is, I've never skiied outside of New Zealand before (I've had most of my experience at Whakapapa/Turoa in the north island, and done a bit in Queenstown) so I really have no idea which ski resorts to look at or where to even start looking!
I found this site by doing a bunch of google searches, and it seemed like there's some really cool people with a lot of experience in this community, so I thought I'd take a punt and ask...
- I'm an intermediate-to-advanced level snowboarder (I can do most black/double black runs that I've tried... but I won't exactly fly down them like I'm in a warren miller film or anything), and I've been boarding for about 7 years getting between 6 and 25 days in per year (I'm a 28 year old guy).
- I'm planning on doing about 5 days of boarding starting on approx the 13 of January 2011, traveling by myself
- I only speak English :-(
I prefer more "skiier-ish" runs than a lot of other boarders - I'd much rather go for some long runs or do some carving than hit the park.
- I have a bit of money saved up, so I'd rather spend a bit more (within reason) if it means going to a better place
- I'd like somewhere with a reasonably sized ski area (to not get bored after a couple of days), hopefully without giant lift queues
- Based on hearsay, and random google searches, Switzerland seemed like a cool place to go, and specifically Zermatt?
- I have all my own gear but thinking of leaving my board at home and renting one when I get there to avoid carting it round on all the aeroplanes. Is this a good idea or would it be worth bringing my own board?