Our Ultimate Ski Bucket List continues and this week we are giving you the top 5 off-piste experiences to take on in the Alps. Are you one of those people in search of the perfect deep powder? The thrill of going down a track that no one else has been daring enough to take on is something that is incomparable!
We have pieced together all of the Ultimate back-country ski runs for you to try during your winter holidays; take the challenge of ticking them all off your list and guarantee it will raise your pulse through the roof……
Let us begin with the adrenaline centre of Europe! The one and only Chamonix Valley. The resort that provides the mecca of all off piste runs the Vallee Blanche, pictured above.
This famous run is only for the brave and is the largest glaciated domain the Alps has to offer! If you are a deep snow enthusiast, then this will provide you with one of the greatest experiences in life! 20 Kilometres in length with a vertical descent of 2,700 metres, the Vallee Blanche delivers awe-inspiring views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks. This is definitely an accolade any person would like to say they have skied!
Verbier is undeniably one of Europe’s best known ski areas, with it’s 400 Kilometres of piste over 4 Valleys. However with this comes some incredible off piste skiing and a whole variety of accessible areas to really challenge the more advanced skiers in the group.
The real hardcore skiers will want to head up the Mont Fort lift, famous for its views at the top. Instead of following the usually very busy herd of skiers down the piste, you will need to duck under the rope to the left of the staircase at the summit station and head down the back side of the mountain. This run provides paradise for any powder hound in search of fresh tracks and a raised pulse!
St. Anton, popular with intermediate and advanced skiers for good reason! You just need to look at the picture above to imagine how good this place can be when conditions are on your side. The off-piste opportunities rival those of the party atmosphere available in resort with many skiers and boarders making the journey to St. Anton in search of champagne powder. Long powder runs are accessible in resort with large open bowls just waiting to be skied. The best part is that this year they have connected all the Arlberg villages into one ski area. This will allow powder hounds to make more fresh tracks than ever.
One of the best runs to go down goes from off the top of the Valluga into Zurs and off the back of Rendl from the top of Riffelscharte.
The resort that has become world famous for it’s Luxury Chalets and incredible ski area the Espace Killy. This resort provides adrenaline junkies with one of the most lift-served off-piste skiing areas available in the Alps.
This resorts famous back country run comes in the form of the Pisteurs’ Couloir. This name has been given to the run as only the guides, lift workers and ski patrol are daring enough to take it on. This couloir can be seen at the top of the Olympique cable car, on arrival at the top you will need to keep your eyes peeled for a narrow, pencil thin line of snow that leads down a rock face that is in front of you. The run provides you with everything you would expect from a challenging free-ride experience, a hike up the mountain, a steep incline, high levels of difficulty and to top it all off, it is also “pants-require-changing” scary!
Zermatt a resort known around the world for its famous landmark the Matterhorn. The ski area is well known for the amount of terrain it provides piste skiers, however this mountain paradise also allows for some incredible off-piste powder skiing. If you are looking to escape the crowds on the piste then you will need to head over to the Rothorn and Stockhorn areas. The western or front face of the Rothorn allows 1000 metres of off-piste un-tracked powder. The Stockhorn area is also an exceptional ski with another 1000 metre descent on a gradient of around 30/35 degrees. Take the new drag lifts to the area and then walk east along a ridge for about 20 minutes. This will bring you to some lovely long rolling terrain that offers unbeatable powder. Skiing these will be sure to leave you with a few stories to tell whilst at apres at the end of the day.
With the winter now fast approaching and the beginning of October imminent, the mountains are calling. Now is the time to get your legs prepared and your itineraries organised. We hope that this has given you an idea of where to head next on your free-ride adventures. Make sure to check out our Twitter and Facebook pages also for all the latest news on Ultimate Luxury Chalets.
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Until next time.
The Ultimate Luxury Chalets Team.