Dis­cover the coolest slopes to head to this win­ter for a spot of snow­board­ing

Travel jour­nal­ist and for­mer snow­board in­struc­tor Ta­mara Hin­son picks the top ski re­sorts to head to this win­ter

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For snow­board­ers, there’s a lot to get ex­cited about in the beau­ti­ful Swiss ski re­sort of Gs­taad ( gs­taad.ch/en.html) this sea­son: the new Saa­nen­möser-Saan­er­sloch gon­dola makes it eas­ier to get to the best slopes, giv­ing you more time to ex­plore this enor­mous, in­ter­con­nected re­sort sys­tem.

Gs­taad is also one of the few re­sorts where you can dine in a gon­dola. Book the re­sort’s Gon­del Night Din­ner and you’ll en­joy your main course in the Rin­der­berg Swiss Alpine Lodge, with ap­pe­tis­ers served en-route in the gon­dola.

North Amer­ica is also a pop­u­lar choice this year, es­pe­cially the Cana­dian re­sort of Whistler Black­comb. To start, Black­comb Moun­tain’s pop­u­lar Wiz­ard and So­lar Coaster chair­lifts will be re­placed with a shiny new 10-pas­sen­ger gon­dola, while Whistler Moun­tain gets a new six-pas­sen­ger high-speed chair­lift. The re­sort will also be­come a more af­ford­able op­tion for snow­board­ers on a bud­get, thanks to the open­ing of Pangea, Canada’s first ever pod ho­tel ( pangea­pod.com, from £25 a night).

Want dra­matic views and fresh pow­der? Head to the French re­sort of Tignes ( en.tignes.net). The new Grande Motte cable car has floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, pro­vid­ing spec­tac­u­lar views of Tignes’ glacier.

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