Not quite a winter Olympic athlete, Sally James is hoping to make it there one day (even if she's only watching the pros.). Brought up on the Queensland beach Sally knows her way around a surfboard but has found the thrill of the smaller snowboard an exciting and compelling challenge. She's given up the warn weather to become a snowboarding instructor and has worked in some of the biggest resorts in Australia and New Zealand as well as spending several seasons in France. Sally's background in surfing influences her freeriding style and her love of big waves has given her a thing for moguls. This Australian season will be her first off the board as she's currently too heavily pregnant, but she's using her time to write a snowboarding book especially for female boarders.
It may seem unlikely from her glamorous reputation, but St. Moritz is a good place to some to learn new tricks, there's a 90metre half pipe, a huge quarter pipe and jumps ranging in size from beginner to four meter jump-this-and-you-might-want-to-start-c…"
Deep powder, natural half pipes, and the man made ones, tree banks, off piste options, a boardercross circuit and lit up runs for night riding – Davos has a lot to offer snowboarders. It's also known for having a good vibe and for loads and loads o…"
The area around the Pissaillas glacier has challenging gullies and ridges, and the run called Col Pers, which starts, slap bang in the middle of all that dramatic scenery - the glacier below you, and below that a wide bowl, offers all sorts of potential.…"
At the base of Piz Gemsstock in the Usern Valley, Andermatt gets regular dumps of thick, inviting powder, especially on its north facing slopes, and the high altitude means it keeps the snow for longer – steep gradients and loads of easily accessib…"
"The off piste terrain of the Chamonix Valley is some of the world's best, but anything that exciting looking is going to be dangerous. Argentihre is where most of Chamonix's all season boarders hang out – the north facing runs above the resort have…"
Deep powder, natural half pipes, and the man made ones, tree banks, off piste options, a boardercross circuit and lit up runs for night riding – Davos has a lot to offer snowboarders. It's also known for having a good vibe and for loads and l…"
Nordpark is just above Innsbruck. It's tiny, but steep, with only six pistes but views over Innsbruck and scenic surrounds. Some of the runs have 65 degree inclines, finishing on daring ridges – in scenery that looks sheer as Alaska. You w…"
This region offers easy access to the sky scraping backdrop of the Dolomites. There are three resorts along the valley floor: Seleva is the best known, by both skiers and boarders, Ortisei is the main town and Santa Cristina is somewhere in the middle, …"
Killington's superpipe is 430 feet long with 18 foot walls, it has six parks and 87 miles worth of trails running all over and around the seven mountain peaks the resort calls its own. The natural terrain offers the 'something for everyone' cliché…"
Squaw offers some pretty exciting terrain over its six peaks and ridges. There's vertical drops to soar off, tree filled gullies to negotiate and bumps and runs to get you travelling pretty fast. If you want more than just moguls and epic nat…"
This is supposed to be some of the most epic looking countryside in the US: sweeping views from the Snake River to the Rendezvous Mountains. It's also supposed to have the largest vertical drop in the US on Rendezvous - of the double diamond runs. …"
To call this terrain varied is an understatement. There are tree heavy sections, and steep sections and runs with lots of ridges, and trails with lots of boulders and cliff jumps, and all sorts of things going on. For bowls, couloirs, vertical drops an…"
3,500 acres spreading over two mountains – there's a lot of sky here. The terrain is varied, there's easy access to the intermediate terrain, but it's only the addition of a few more lifts in the last few years that's opened up the top of the moun…"
Sugarloaf's newest snowpark is called The Yard, and has three sets of jumps, as well as all the other features boarders want to play around on – rails, boxes etc. Before the park was built Sugarloaf was still the tallest skiable peak in the area, …"
Mount Hood Meadows has slopes high enough to board on all year round. It's also got a superpipe called Meadows, which is 500 feet long and 18 feet high. Mount Hood is close enough to Portland to make it a comfortable day trip. It's right by Timberline…"
Snowbird gets about 500 inches of snow a year – which is a lot. It's the high altitude that does it, and it feels high after you take the tram 11,000 feet up in only eight minutes, but it's also the mainly north facing slopes with their steep angl…"
This is supposed to be one of THE best places for late season boarding – the nights are apparently freezing, but the days sunny and lovely, and the highest slopes stay white and open very late. There's a gondola from the top to the village, which …"
This resort has a 400 foot Superpipe with 18.5 foot walls – supposedly one of the best in the US, as well as a mini amusement park of rails and ramps and other play things. They also have a run called the 'Air Chamber', which is a mile long with r…"
Kirkwood has the highest altitude of any of the Lake Tahoe resorts at 2380metres. The highest lift heads up to 2990m. The varied look and high quality of the natural terrain have given cause for some people to call this largest natural snowpark in the …"
Alpine Meadows is one of 15 ski and snowboarding resorts in the area around Lake Tahoe. While many boarders know about Squaw, and Alpine Meadows is pretty close by, it's always been known as a skier mountain – but that was before they got the Shrea…"
This is another really pretty resort. It's the lake surrounded by mountain peaks that does it in this case. The pedestrianised city centre is a nice touch and it's a nice place for families as well as people looking to have some apres ski fun. The bes…"
Gstaad is really really pretty. It's got a castle, which the whole town is built around, and at night they light it up so that it looks even more like a fairytale village. Between the Alps and the Bernese Oberland, it's also snow country, with 250kms w…"
Seefeld has a pretty good reputation for coverage, but in times of need they back it up with snow making machines on all slopes. There's not a lot of choice when it comes to runs and ski grounds, most of them are beginner to intermediate standard, but Se…"
There are supposed to be 200kms worth of slopes here. I don't know how that's measured, but there's quite a bit of choice I'm told. Push off points are as high as 2700 metres, which means pretty good snow cover, in fact this resort has a pretty sound r…"
I remember watching the Lillehammer Winter Olympics on TV, which is probably where most people know the name from, so it's got some winter sports credentials from that already. These days I wonder how stressed the organisers must be about snow condition…"