With open arms - well, with half-pipes and snowboard parks - the resorts of Europe welcome shredders. The sport has brought new excitement to the Alps as well as to the Rockies and the Appalachians. Snowboarding has not yet attracted the tens of thousands of younger people in Europe that it has in the United States, but their numbers are increasing swiftly. Snowboard parks are found throughout Alpine resorts.

One of the favorites in Europe among the snowboard crowd is Val Thorens, the newest and highest ski resort in the Alps. It’s among the first to get the heavy snows of early winter, and the last to close in late spring. This is a tremendous attraction for snowboard maniacs, who’d rather ski breathtaking runs than enjoy the more sophisticated atmosphere of the older resorts.

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