Mt Baker, Washington
Back in 1985, when snowboarding was a little known pass time and the US snow covered mountains were mainly for skiing, the snowboarding pioneer Tom Sims approached a ski resort, proposing a snowboard race.
Thankfully the resort he approached was a notoriously freethinking institution and true to form they accepted his idea. So was born the legendary banked slalom race, the world's oldest snowboarding event.
Famous the world over it draws in some of the biggest entrants, who compete for nothing more than prestige and a trophy made of duct tape.
The resort is considered by many as something of a snowboarding Shangri-La, not due to luxury, due to authenticity.
It is clear from first arrival that this is a particularly hard core destination, ski tracks appear on the steepest slopes that you are likely to see. Generally speaking the slopes here are much steeper than most in North America, if you are willing to deviate from the beaten track, then you will certainly be rewarded with slopes for committed powder hounds.
Such an adrenaline soaked landscape leads to a strange cast of characters, the most committed snowboarders in America flock here in their droves. Older snowboarders have been coming back to the resort for a number of years returning to favourite slopes and routes.
Due to a lack of accommodation around the Lake Tahoe region many travellers and thrill seekers find themselves 17 miles away in the town of glacier.
Lake Tahoe, California
California tends to offer some really good ski and snowboarding deals.