In perspective, this industry that we choose to make a living in is pretty small. It's dictated by the weather, you can't just go and ride when you feel like it, and worst of all, you need quite a bit of cash to do it!
For the lucky few of us, a handful will be spending the winter period in some mountainous region of the northern hemisphere, whilst the rest will make do with the domes or dryslope. However, if your yet to make a decision on whether to fork out for the trip, maybe the below will give you a brief idea of where to put your money. Whilst others, maybe tell us where your off to in the comments? Your opinion could just tip somebodies decision...
With its vast land mass, its no doubt that the land of the free has some awesome variety of resorts to go at. Known for their parks, every year tons of riders flock to the likes of Bear, Tahoe, Brighton and more to experience the freestyle scene.
The best? In 2016 Transworld rated Bear Mountain as the #1 Park according to their poll - http://snowboarding.transworld.net/park-poll-2016/
Want a bit of everything? Well you can't really go wrong with Canada. From parks, to pow, there are so many amazing places north of the US border where you can experience some unreal snow conditions.
Venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics, with 5 parks and a superpipe, Whistler really does have it all. Attracting 2.7 million people every year, and an average snowfall of nearly 40 feet, it's no wonder people from around the world have Whistler as their resort of choice for the winter.
For the price of a tank of petrol to Scotland, you can also hop on one of Easyjets finest over to Europe, so surely a no brainer?
Not only that, but we are truly lucky enough to boast that we really do have some of the best resorts in the world right on our doorstep. And with such a variety, you can immerse yourself in a completely different culture just an hour away from home.
Considering there are so much to go at, every year the French Alps proves to be another popular choice for punters and seasonnaires alike. Want my opinion? You really can get the taste of a true French resort in somewhere like Avoriaz or La Grave.
Powder is something a lot of people search for like its a lost winning lottery ticket. Surely riding pow is seen as the pinnacle of a snowboarding experience, but really it totally depends what your into.
Some riders prefer smashing their face into a load of slush and metal in the middle of a random scandic town, some prefer to eurocarve on corduroy until they pretty much to a full 360 degree turn. But in my opinion, no matter what type of rider you are, riding in waist deep fluffy sherbet on a crisp blue sky day beats any other feeling you get from standing on a board, and I bet even the coolest, most alternative skinny jean wearing rail kid will admit that as well.
Oh, and if you want that experience, go to Japan.