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Welcome to Powderheadz.comWe are a group of friends that have ridden throughout the years and decided to share our opinions on the best snowboarding gear available. Our experienced snowboarders and skiers collaborate online to provide accurate, hands-on snowboard and ski equipment reviews. We talk with fellow passionate snowboarders from around the world for their knowledgeable experience. And we want to help you make informed decisions next time you are looking for a new piece of gear! It’s our commitment to provide you non-biased points of view to help you invest in a set of snowboarding equipment. Experience level, budget, and equipment quality are taken into account in our detailed reviews from snowboarders allover the globe.

You will also find our Snowboarding blog filled with advice and adventure from our travels around the world. We hope you enjoy your time with us and check below to see what we’re all about!

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Best Ski and Best Snowboarding Gear Reviews


Powderheadz.com is a great resource for snowboarders to share information.  Our team is always interested in trying out the latest and best snowboarding equipment whenever we get the chance. We love testing out new equipment we come across from entry level to advanced items from top brands like Burton, Oakley, and Giro.  Afterwards, we try to post an in-depth account of our experience.  It’s to help each other get the most of our time on the mountain.  Finding the right gear for your wants and needs can be a challenge.  It’s our goal to help point you in the right direction.  We have also created some quick buyers guides for those looking to compare multiple pieces of equipment, such as our extremely popular Top 10 Best Headlamps for 2019-2020.

Find out what we think are the best Ski and Snowboarding Goggles are HERE.  We are currently expanding our site to cover in depth reviews of Helmets, Gloves, Boots as well as Bindings. Be sure to check back soon!  Because we have no particular alliance with any of the major brands you can count on an honest review from real snowboarders and skiers volunteering their time and experience for fellow Snowboarding enthusiasts.  Invest in the best snowboarding equipment and it can last you a lifetime of adventure exploring the mountains this world has to offer.



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Snowboarding Adventure Blog


In our Snowboarding Blog section you will find a ton of handy articles on hot topics such as snowboarding tips, in-depth equipment reviews, the best snowboarding locations like Whistler-Blackcomb, Tremblant, and Squaw Valley as well as thrilling travel blogs from some of our outgoing snowboarding team once they return from around the world.  We hope to inspire and excite you to get out there and snowboard or explore the best tracks this world has to offer.  We accept submissions from skiers and snowboarders around the globe and if you are interested in contributing send us an email and we can make it happen!  Blog (at) Powderheadz.com.

Thank You!

A big thank you goes out to the dedicated snowboarders and skiers who contribute to keep this site running smoothly.  We appreciate those who offer their professional reviews and opinions on all the coolest snowboarding and skiing gear out there.  And we’d like to also thank the tight knit community around the planet who love this sport like we do.  It always make finding a new person to ride with easy and fun wherever your travels might take you.  See you on the mountain!

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Snowboarding Destination: Mont-Tremblant, QC

Mont Tremblant Village
View of Mont Tremblant Village

Located one and a half hours north of Downtown Montreal, QC in the Laurentians, Mont-Tremblant is the second-oldest Ski Resort in North America that offers the best skiing and snowboarding in Eastern North America.  Founded in 1939 by America Joe Ryan and later purchased and updated by Intrawest in 1991, this charming resort is reminiscent of skiing the Alps without the expensive plane ticket to get there.

Tremblant is consistently rated as the #1 ski-resort on the Eastern Seaboard by Ski Magazine and offers 630 ski-able acres with 96 runs on four distinctive slopes:

  • Versant Sud
  • Versant Soleil
  • Versant Nord
  • Versant Edge

And although you’ll get bigger skiing and snowboarding out west, Tremblant is a year-round resort that offers a more intimate slope-side village with world-class food and an amazing après-ski atmosphere.

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How to Get There


The best way to get Mont-Tremblant is to take a flight into Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) grab a car and drive 90 minutes north:

  1. Take Route 520 East towards Montreal
  2. Merge onto Autoroute 40 East and take Exit 70 for Autoroute 15 North
  3. Drive about an hour on Autoroute 15 North until it becomes Route 117 North
  4. Take Exit 119 (Montée Ryan) and drive towards the mountain and make a right onto Chemin Duplessis and follow signs for Mont-Tremblant Resort.

From Toronto/Ottowa:

  1. Head East on Autoroute 50 towards Montreal
  2. Take Exit 210 for Quebec 323 towards Mont-Tremblant
  3. Turn Left onto Route 117 North
  4. Take Exit 119 (Montée Ryan) and drive towards the mountain and make a right onto Chemin Duplessis and follow signs for Mont-Tremblant Resort.

A quick search online will also offer shuttles from Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) or Downtown Montreal to Mont-Tremblant as well.

During the Winter, Air Canada offers direct flights to Mont-Tremblant International Airport (YTM) from Toronto Pearson (YYZ) and Toronto Pearson (YYZ) from LaGuardia (LGA).  Those two airports should give enough options for those flying from around the world to Tremblant.  More information can be found here. Shuttle service is available once you get to  Mont-Tremblant Airport (YTM) that can take you to participating hotels and offer other premium services like luggage valet and express check-in.

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Snowboarding Destination: Whistler-Blackcomb Mtn., BC.

Whistler Blackcomb
Overlooking Whistler-Blackcomb Resort

Located two hours north of Vancouver in the spectacular Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is not just Canada’s favorite ski-resort, but according to 2016’s Telegraph Ultra Awards and Ski Magazine, the number 1 ski-resort of the world.  There are two colossal mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, connected with the longest continuous lift system, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, with a combined 8,171 acres of accessible terrain serviced by 37 lifts for skiers and riders across the world.

Also known as North America’s largest ski resort, these two massive mountains offer more than 200 marked trails that include perfectly groomed trails, secluded glades, powder-filled bowls, in-bounds back country riding, and wide-open glaciers available deep into the summer months.  Freestyle Skiers and Snowboarders will find six terrain parks ranging from beginner to insane, including a 22 foot Super Pipe. Averaging 462 inches of snowfall each year, there’s something for everyone at Whistler Blackcomb.

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How to Get There


The best way to get to Whistler is by flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR), grabbing (renting) a car and driving through Downtown Vancouver, across the Lions Gate Bridge and onto the Sea to Sky Highway:

 

 

From Downtown Vancouver to Whistler usually takes around 1.5 to 2hrs by car, depending on traffic. However, if you plan on going to Whistler just to see the sights, there are plenty of other stops along the way that you should definitely consider:

  • Horseshoe Bay – A quaint, picturesque waterfront village on the North Shore that is home to the Horsehoe Bay Ferry Terminal, which gets you to How Sound, the Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island.
  • Britannia Mining Museum – A former copper mine in Howe Sound that has been converted into a museum that preserves the history of British Columbia’s Mining Industry.
  • Shannon Falls – The third highest falls in BC composed of a series of cliffs rising 335 meters above Highway 99.
  • Squamish – Considered the halfway point between Downtown Vancouver and Whistler and is known as the Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada.
  • Alice Lake – This Provincial Park is a group of four lakes surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas.
  • Tantalus Lookout – One of the most spectacular viewpoints along the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • Brandywine Falls – A 70 meter waterfall and park that provides opportunities for picnics, hiking, and mountain biking.

For those without a car, Whistler offers a shuttle bus that can pick you up from either Vancouver International Airport or Downtown Vancouver.

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