Riding snowpark is like marmite, right? You either love it, or you hate it. For those of us who love it; the adrenaline, creativity, and sense of community are formidable. That's why we have made a list of the best snowparks in Europe.
We have all, at some point, ventured into a park for the first time and felt the thrill as we try our first jump. That feeling is addictive, that's for sure. For some of us, that feeling turns into a love and adoration for the park, and although all park riders can agree, spring sessions are the best, no matter the weather, the conditions, the park beckons.
Then there are those of us who pass by every now and again to either build skills and push ourselves or for a couple of laps and a giggle with our friends.
Either way, snowparks can make or break a resort, no matter how dull the piste may be or even how sensational the freeride may be; if the resort has a killer park, it can attract crowds and riders from all over the world. But how does one choose? Or, if you are heading away this winter, whether the snowpark is your non-negotiable, how do you find out more about the park? Well, with that in mind, together with a crack team of experts, we have put together the ultimate list of best snow parks in Europe.
But how does one choose? Or if you are heading away this winter whether the snowpark is your non-negotiable, how do you find out more about the park? Well with that in mind, together with a crack team of experts, we have put together the ultimate list of best snow parks in Europe.
First, let’s meet the judges…
We have awarded resorts with badges to denote what strengths to look out for. Whether you are searching for a Snowpark that’s perfect for jumps, rails or for beginners. Discover which resort fits your criteria by our badges.
This badge lets you know that this snowpark is epic for the best jumps/kickers in the business! Head here if you like to get big air and experience the adrenaline.
When you see this badge, you know that the snowpark is amazing for box features and rails. This is where shapers can get really creative. Building some truly innovative features that help you gain skills and maybe even get some unmissable Instagram pics. After all, if you didn’t put it on Instagram, did you even go riding?
This badge is for those of you who are just starting out in the park. This badge means this park is the ideal place to help you scale your ability in a safe and challenging environment. A park that offers a great mix of blue lines and beginner features.
Look out for this badge as you pick up the pace and start pushing yourself a little further. This badge means the park is going to change and grow as you do. The park will no doubt light the fire of excitement in your belly and push you to where fear and excitement meet! That’s the sweet spot.
Well, this badge means you have hit the motherload of Snowparks. The kinda park that will fill you with ore and passion as you look down, as you ride overhead in the lift. No doubt yelling down to give them stoke as you plan your tricks for your line!
Let’s get creative! No just your average park set up, no, these park shapers have imagined some crazy and radical formations and made their dreams our reality! We are talking table tops, side hits, pipes and a whole manner of fun! The most sensational, the better.
This badge is a really important badge. It signifies that this park is going above and beyond to create a sense of community for the riders who love to visit. This badge means they are events, competitions and plenty of festivities to look forward to plus a super helpful and welcoming group of locals!
News fresh of the press, Austria wins the title of “Home Of The Best Snowparks”. Although this was a tough choice as each and every destination in Europe is home to incredible snowparks that offer awesome freestyle for all levels, it was Austria that provided the most exciting, innovative and well-kept parks on the continent.
Home to Vans Penken Park Mayrhofen, Absolut Park Flachauwinkl and Stubai Zoo, Austria is helping push the industry forward with creativity and a revolving door of features. These resorts beckon riders of the upper elites, while also welcoming beginners, providing a safe and fun place to develop and push your skills as well as breaking boundaries in the industry. If you want to experience the cleanest, most slick and truly inspiring features in Europe, Austria is your destination!
So let’s dive right into our chosen snowpark picks in Austria!
Closest Airport: Innsbruck (75km)
Nearby City: Munich (140km)
Mayrhofen Penken Park is one of the most famous and often touted as the best parks in the Austrian Alps. The park has it’s very own 4-person “SunJet” chairlift that ensures snowboarders and freeskiers can get in as many runs as possible during their session in a whopping eight different areas. Beginners and young freestyle acrobats get their money’s worth here at Penken Park, that’s for sure. The features are usually well-prepared as reshaping normally takes place in the afternoon. Brush shoulders with pros as well as those with all the gear and no idea! An eclectic mix.
Closest Airport: Salzburg 77km
Nearby City: Salzburg 77km
Absolut Park may not be the first word in Austrian snowparks but it is making its mark as a mecca for freestylers. They have plenty of obstacles divided into different and imaginative lines. They have a badass kicker line with several hits, a medium/beginner line and a more advanced rail line with a fun halfpipe, in the end, making this a great spot to advance a whole manner of skills. Absolut is also home to a “railyard” a more advanced area, and where all the lines meet, you have a “jib garden/Jib park” which is good wholesome fun for the whole family- okay maybe not everyone but still cool!
Absolut has made the park a one-stop hang out with a chill house (and toilets) with sofas and a skate ramp. It provides the perfect meeting spot for friends, a place to hang out all day. PSST don’t miss “The Jib King” comp at the start of the season.
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 96km
Nearby City: Innsbruck 96km
We all know St Anton for its luxury feel and freeride paradise but did you know they have an amazing SnowPark too? If you are wanting endless powder runs, but are searching for a masterly shaped setup, the STANTON PARK is the place to be! The whole area around the park is easily accessible by two lifts, meaning more laps within a short time and shred ‘til you drop! STANTON PARK has created a set up to suit all levels, the proline will push you and the medium lines will help you build your skillset. If the park isn’t for you or if you have exhausted yourself, you can also head to the Rendl bar and watch the magic unfold from an aerial perspective with a drink in hand too! This gives the area an electric atmosphere that is unmissable.
Closest Airport: Salzburg 68km
Nearby City: Salzburg 68km
This is the snowpark, big leagues! To start with, it could not be easier to get to the Blue Tomato Kings park; simply take the Dacheggbahn (6 person chairlift) to get to the top of the park. After riding your line, take the Kings Cab lift to lap the park (8 person gondola) again and again to enjoy until your heart’s content! Believe us, there will indeed be plenty of keeps you occupied. Their specialite de la maison has to be kickers, if you like getting air, this is the place to flex your muscles. From little pops to big tricks, this is your spot. Kings Park is also a great locals park, well looked after and friendly people.
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 92km
Nearby City: Innsbruck 92km
Area 47 has created quite a legacy for itself, becoming well established as a true freestyle hotspot within the European snowpark scene. Area 47 offers a versatile setup and with innovation at the forefront, the shapers endeavor to steadily add, replace and expand upon to always offer new challenges to their now very international freestyle community. The park continuously offers a well-mastered balance of beginner, advanced and jib features as well as an exciting and stimulating variation of different kickers. It’s a real smorgasbord that’s unmissable when you are in the area.
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 100km
Nearby City: Innsbruck 100km
Ischgl Snowpark is everything you could possibly want in a state of the art, modern Snowpark. Now powered by Jeep, the snowpark is able to be creative and innovative with the features; truly creating a space for all levels of riders. It couldn’t be easier to access either, right by Idalp with features that you can hike without having to lap the chair.
Watch out for their rails/pipes which are super fun. They have a total of 16 elements so plenty to keep you busy. But the pièce de résistance has to be the big air bag! Maybe you have never tired a big air jump before or you are trying to master difficult flips or rotations, the airbag is basically a god send! Lap the airbag, gradually building your confidence and skills before you head to either the blue, red or pro jumps.
They have a great team there too so your takeoffs and landings are going to be as smooth as butter, those kickers are royalty. Why not hang out at their dedicated relax zone, kick back with a drink and swap tricks and tips with locals and big names. What could be more idyllic!
Closest Airport: Salzburg 73km
Nearby City: Salzburg 73km
Snowpark Kitzbühel has been hugely popular ever since its first season and has basically turned Kitzbühel into a freestyle heaven, as well as a hub for free riders, smack bang in the heart of Austria. It’s home to both large and small kickers, boxes, unique features, rails, and jibs, offering exciting thrills for every type of freestyler. Now sponsored by Planet Sports and DC, they have made constant change and innovation possible, so plenty more to come. The snowpark is also convenient to access, via Mittersill: take a ride up the mountain with the Panorama gondola, then follow the connecting route to the chairlift at Hanglalm, you can ride this lift right up to the top! Top tip- don’t miss out on the wooden park, the picnic table, and tree jib.
Closest Airport: Salzburg 105km
Nearby City: Salzburg 105km
The Snowpark in Gastein is a perfectly shaped set-up, made with love with lines for every freestyler with features just waiting to be explored. After a mad park session, if you still haven’t had enough fun, why not go and nail some serious powder out in the backcountry! There’s fun for everyone in Gastein. It’s a pretty epic set up, simply jam-packed with variety, home to over 30 obstacles in the beginners, intermediate and advanced areas, for sure there is no shortage of choice at Snowpark Gastein. The park comes alive in spring, the park is bathed in sunshine, making it not only photo-worthy but a great place to gather, hang and push yourself with your friends.
Closest Airport: Salzburg 111km
Nearby City: Salzburg 111km
From October to May, there is no better place to experience one of the longest and best snowpark seasons in Europe! Home to a dedicated, experienced fun and friendly shaper team, there is certainly no chance to get used to any features that are constantly changing to ensure constant excitement in Kitzsteinhorn! The first features are shredded in the Glacier Park at the glacier plateau by autumn. Then the Easy Park and Central Park offer a more diverse set up for beginners, experts as well as the pros until the beginning of May. Then we have the mighty superpipe with impressive jumps of over 6m in attracting athletes as adventurous locals alike.
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 88km
Nearby City: Innsbruck 88km
Stubai, basically the don, the godfather, the big cheese of snowparks in Austria and arguably Europe! If you scroll through IG as early as October, you see the world’s best riders flocking en mass to Stubai to warm up for the season in this expertly shaped park. This is down to its incredible altitude of 3100m, plus thanks to its south-facing location and sunshine exposure, you are guaranteed soft landings from dawn till dusk. Access couldn’t be easier either. “The fastest route to the DC Stubai Zoo is taking the 3S Eisgratbahn lift and change to the Schaufeljochbahn lift on the Eisgrat. From the Schaufeljochbahn mountain station, you can already see the Stubai Zoo”- stubaier-gletscher.com
Closest Airport: Salzburg 52km
Nearby City: Salzburg 52km
The resort Steinplatte itself is part of both Austria and Germany and lies between both territories, but from either side, you are on you will be guaranteed some fun! The 24 obstacles in the park are there to show off your creativity and daring nature, with waves, tunnels, boxes, and kickers. Everyone is welcome in this park, as there are lines dedicated to the beginners but also lines for the pros.
They update, extend and change the park every year, so don’t get too comfortable with last year’s course. In February every year, there is a friendly competition ‘Game of Go Shred’, which is for all abilities to have a go on the park and win some prizes.
Get to the park from the Möseralm run and can be accessed easily from the Kappellen 6-person chairlift.
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 15.5 km
Nearby City: Innsbruck 15.5 km
The Nordkette Skyline Park is the first name in Austrian Snowparks, a legacy, an institution! No park in the world can legitimately call itself a city snowpark the way The Nordkette Skyline Park can. Nestled in the heart of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains, every feature, jump or attraction comes with the most sensational backdrop, the chocolate box chalets and historic buildings of Innsbruck, this is where the parks name originates. Imagine the photo opportunities.
The park is home to a creative team of shapers who and striving to keep things interesting and stimulating, ensuring every visit to the park comes with new adventure and excitement. But the crown jewel has to be “Skyline-Kicker”, which is extremely recognisable in magazines and movies from the ski and snowboard world. It’s also why we simply had to award The Nordkette Skyline Park with “The Jumps” badge.
Access couldn’t be more simple as well, take the fast 2-chair Frau Hitt Lift and lap that park all day long!
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 18 km
Nearby City: Innsbruck 18 km
Snowpark Patscherkofel is another epic park right in the beating heart of Innsbruck. It seems as if Innsbruck is a mecca for freeriders and freestylers alike with so many awesome parks on your doorstep and Snowpark Patscherkofel is no exception, only 18km away.
Snowpark Patscherkofel offers everything that any snowpark rider could want plus so much more. You have all the best rails, boxes and jumps as well as the most creative zoned areas to explore. Head to the top section of the park for beginner obstacles and a chillarea with interesting hike-able elements. The middle of the park offers a great spot for more experienced riders, where they can can get creative, train and have fun on various obstacles.
The highlight has to be the forest track with rails, tubes and small hips and a short further park section form the third section and the direct connection to the middle station of the new train.
But above all else, Snowpark Patscherkofel wants to make all riders feel at home, “We just want to be more, than just a snowpark, but also a place for creative and motivated people. It’s important for us, that everybody feels good up here, no matter how old, where you come from, or how good you ride. Everybody is welcome, as long as you take care and show respect to the other.”- Snowpark Patscherkofel.
Closest Airport: Geneva 78km
Nearby City: Lausanne 69km
Châtel Smoothpark is in Châtel in the heart of the Portes Du Soleil and it can be accessed via the Portes Du Soleil ski chairlift or the Super Châtel Gondola. The Smoothpark can be enjoyed by those of all abilities, as it has kickers and rails ranging from greens to blacks. If you are feeling for a bit of speed and excitement, you can practice your skills on an 800m boardercross. You can spend the whole day at this park with a great atmosphere, music and a chill zone for BBQing if you fancy.
Closest Airport: Grenoble 109km
Nearby City: Grenoble 109km
The thing that makes Park Avenue in LDA stand apart, is that you can practice your kickers, rails, and freestyle any time of year; the park can be found at 3600m on the glacier in the summer months and moves down the valley in the winter to under the Toura lift, which is where you can access the park at 2600m. The park is known as a Mecca for freestylers for a reason, with plenty of boxes, rails, and wall-rides to go after. If you’re feeling confident, you may also want to try the half-pipes and superpipe to get some serious air.
A tip from the seasoned pros of this park is that it can get crowded and the conditions can be tough, battling some ice and slush depending on the time of day, so perhaps pick a quieter time of year to give this park a try…
If you are there for the Snowjam freestyle festival you can watch the spectacle of professional freestyle riders take on Big Air, Half Pipe, Cross, and Slopestyle.
Closest Airport: Marseille 242km
Nearby City: Gap 73km
Vars boasts one of the best snowparks in Europe! There are 6 freestyle areas in Vars but the best and baddest is L’Eyssina. The long park can’t be missed and easily accessed via the 2 Crevoux drag lifts. If the first 100% jib slopestyle doesn’t draw you in enough, maybe the big air, tables and rail zones will. The park is open to everyone but it’s in your interest to get good quick, as most of the park is for the advanced freestylers. Every year in January, there is a big resort festival incorporating a wide range of snow sports competitions and headlining with the FIS Ski and Snowboard Slopestyle European Cups.
Closest Airport: Geneva 220km
Nearby City: Lyon 220km
Head to Tignes for an exciting and varied snowpark. From Val Claret, it can be easily accessed by the Grattalu lift and you can keep looping the park on the Col Du Palet drag lift.
There are plenty of kickers and rails to go after but better suited to beginners and intermediates as they aren’t that big. Once you have bossed your skills in the park, ski slightly further into town and try your skills on the half-pipe and free airbag. As a bonus you can document your tricks with the ‘Shoot My Ride’ system and access all your glorious landings online- thank Swatch, the park sponsors for this great addition to your park experience.
Closest Airport: Geneva 95km
Nearby City: Geneva 95km
Avoriaz is the destination of choice for those who want to spend their days at the snowpark. And there is a good reasonfor that! The resort counts no less than 4 snowparks. The one that particularly caught our attention is the Stash Avoriaz, since it is the first ecological snowpark in Europe. The Stash is 100% natural, built in wood and on ungroomed slopes. Some lines are hidden in the forest and you will enjoy fluffy powder landings. The main objective of this alternative snowpark is the environmental message it promotes. And the best thing about it is that the Stash Avoriaz has its little brother not far away, the lil’ stash Avoriaz, with wooden modules designed for children and some tree houses to go explore the epic winter scenery of Avoriaz.
The other two snowparks are more classic, we advise you to try the one in La Chapelle if you have a beginner to intermediate level or to try the Arare Snowparks Avoriaz – a slopestyle type snowpark with a banked slalom, hips and XL tables – if you already have a good level.
Closest Airport: Chambéry 122km
Nearby City: Geneva 168km
The VT snowpark is the dream for all abilities with 5 sections; a boardercross track and the rest are kickers at different abilities from black to green. There is also a great variety of half pipes, wall rides, and handrails. It’s safe to say you could spend the day here and put your skills to the test, especially if you have a try at the XL and XXL kickers! To get there, get yourself on the Moutière chairlift and use the Plateaux drag lift to loop the park.
Closest Airport: Chambéry 144km
Nearby City: Geneva 191km
You can easily access the snowpark in Val D’Isere from La Daille or the Olympique bubble so you can spend more time in the park and less time getting there.
There are a whopping 40 kickers at this park, great for beginners but also 2 XL kickers and rails for those experts amongst you. Don’t miss out on the mini pipe and the double bowl that sit in the middle between the kickers. The park often holds friendly competitions throughout the season, so keep your eye out for when you can show off to everyone your legendary new skills.
Closest Airport: Geneva 77km
Nearby City: Geneva 77km
If you are fancying some easy and small kickers to build your confidence, then Nyon is perfect before you try out the big boy pants in neighboring Avoriaz. There a few of each size kicker from blacks to greens and similar size boxes to have a go at. It’s been found the kickers are quite narrow and the landings are short, so at least you will be encouraged to land accurately every time.
Show off your new skills and win some prizes at ‘Can’Nyon’ the weekly jam style friendly competition- you will be the talk of the town! Get your slopestyle career started by easily accessing the park from the Nyon cable car or the Troncs Express.
For the new season the park is being renamed and remodeled and there will be even more features waiting for you at the new Morzine Eagle Park. Go check it out!
Closest Airport: Zurich 147km
Nearby City: Zug 135km
If you are looking to perfect your freestyle and slopestyle skills, then Laax is a no brainer. You will find the biggest half-pipe in the world and pro kicker line for the Olympics, so you will be sure to be learning from the professionals. 4 parks are ranging from beginner level to pro-level at P60 and No Name parks. There are rails, pyramids, pipes and boxes including those Olympic size kickers. If you are feeling daring you can have a go at the superpipe.
Closest Airport: Geneva 234km
Nearby City: Geneva 234km
The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is a whopping 3883m above sea level and is where you will find the Zermatt snowpark. Due to its elevation, it is open all year round. Find the park on the Theodul Glacier and access via the Furggsattel chairlift. It may take some time to get to the glacier from the town, but once you are there the views and of course the park is worth it!
Most of this park has rails, boxes, and jumps that suit the intermediate and professionals more than the beginners. There is a rail garden with 8 rails that you can go try your luck and skills on.
If cash is a little dry one month, be sure to head to the park for one of their ‘Cash for Tricks’ events and earn some dollar for all your hard work training. And what better backdrop than the iconic Matterhorn right?
Closest Airport: Zurich 202km
Nearby City: Vaduz 122km
The Corviglia Snowpark in St Mortiz is perfect for all abilities with kickers, rails, boxes, and wallrides to keep everyone entertained and tested for hours! The layout is curved slopes which can be great fun for families and children starting. Although this may not be the best park for the daredevils amongst us, it is great to build confidence and have fun. Make your way to the Corviglia mountain station where you can access the park. For someone who is beginning their epic career in the park, it is recommended to try the local Freestyle Ski School ‘Fresk’, with them you can improve your skills and train on airbags, trampolines, and pipes.
Closest Airport: Sion 32km
Nearby City: Lausanne 123km
The snowpark in Crans-Montana can be found at the Cry d’Er lifts arrival station, so it is very easily accessible. The park is not for newbies or the fainthearted, as the difficulty level of the big air ramps and jibs are pretty huge. Once you have jibbed and jumped your way around the park, make sure to hit 22ft superpipe- Olympic standard.
Closest Airport: Zurich 152km
Nearby City: Bern 75km
The Grindelwald- First Snowpark is carefully built every season for the pleasure and excitement of all its visitors whether that be pros or beginners. There is a beginner park that can be accessed from the Oberoch chairlift and is packed full of small to medium kickers, rails and boxes to lap. Try out the airbag that is open to everyone, to nail your landings. Once you are feeling confident enough, head to Bärgelegg ski lift for some serious kickers and jibs and an integrated halfpipe. There is now a dedicated area for a superpipe to show off all your new-found skills.
Closest Airport: Sion 74km
Nearby City: Bern 127km
The Morenia Freestyle Park in Saas Fee is in the Morenia area. The park has two lines, one for beginners and one for seasoned pros. This means when you are starting out you will have a lot to practice on, along with various other small rails, boxes and kickers to develop your crazy skills. The experts may not have a huge amount to go after, but with kickers as tall as houses you can practice until you land perfectly. If you are there for the season, you will see the park change and develop as the weather changes, so you won’t get bored or too comfortable!
Once you have nailed your skills over the season, get yourself ready for the Spring King Freestyle competition in April, and end the season with an award and hopefully no injuries.
Closest Airport: Bern 60km
Nearby City: Bern 58km
The Gran Masta Park in Adelboden is one of the largest parks in Switzerland with a great variety of kickers, boxes, rails, wallrides, and corners. The park has a dedicated team to groom it each day, so the park stays in tip-top condition for you to perfect each jump and jib. Although this park is large enough to be enjoyed by all abilities, it does have more elements for the advanced freestylers. The area has lots of exciting and innovative obstacles to test all your skills and ensure you never get bored doing the same loop. Make sure to take a break in the chill-out zones and have a snack at the park cafe to warm up.
Get to this epic park from the Brenggen lift to start your snowpark adventure.
Closest Airport: Innsbruck 186km
Nearby City: Vaduz 116km
Mottolino Snowpark is one of the biggest and best parks in Italy. It is the host of many major freestyle and slopestyle competitions, such as the Burton European Open and the European Cup.
What draws people to this park including Olympians such as Aimee Fuller and Billy Morgan is because of the wide range of obstacles. The park has an XL area dedicated to the professionals and seasoned riders, with kickers and rails only for the daring. There is also a large airbag to practice those landings. If you are still learning new skills, there are small and medium lines to train on. Find the park at the M’eating Point Hut and access this via the Trapelle chairlift.
Closest Airport: Bolzano 70km
Nearby City: Bolzano 70km
When in Alta Badia in the Dolomites, you will find the epic snowpark at the Piz Sorega Plateau between the slopes La Fraina and Ciampai, which can be reached by the Ciampai-no. 9 chairlift.
There are 3 lines from beginner, intermediate and advanced, to cater for all abilities. All the lines have a range of kickers, rails, and boxes at different difficulty levels, so you can work your way from amateur to professional in no time at all. They pride themselves on the lines’ creativity and variations, so you can test your skills.
Keep your eye out throughout the season for friendly competitions in the park.
Closest Airport: Bolzano 35km
Nearby City: Bolzano 35km
As one of the largest snow parks in the Dolomites, you will find 70 structures just for the experts. The features of this park are what made Seiser Alm top 3 Best Freestyle Resorts worldwide and once was the training ground for the Italian ski and snowboard national teams for the Winter Olympics. Although this park is famously good for its advanced features with kickers reaching 21m and obstacles, it does also have a fun line and wooden line so you can show off your creativity and style.
In February every year, they host the Schlern Games, which is a day full of pro riders from all over the alps coming together to compete in cash for tricks events and big air competitions. The Games are of course all finished off with a BBQ and a celebration by the park.