Top 10 ski runs
Our ski team have chosen their favourite runs for intermediate and expert skiers in ten of the resorts we offer.
We have selected to suit intermediates and another to challenge the strongest skiers. Anyone think any differently or have any better ideas? We would love to hear from you!
Tovets - While everyone queues at the Croisette, this classic blue to Courchevel 1550 is wide, deserted and a great run to warm up on with big carving turns.
One for the experts: Jockeys – This run is one of two classic black runs to Le Praz, the other being Jean Blanc. There are plenty of trees lining the piste which means it works whatever the visibility.
There is a run which stretches all the way from the top of Valluga down to Stuben. This red 14 leads into a blue 17 and is an epic 1250m thigh burner of a descent away from the crowds. Easy but utterly exhilarating.
One for the experts: If you're feeling brave you can head down the back of the Rendl. You shouldn’t go without a guide, but on a powder day, this will have you looking skywards and saying your thanks.
Part of the famous Weisse Ring circuit, this 5km scenic descent winds its way from the top of the Madloch-Joch above Zurs back down to Zug. Stop off at the observation deck for a great photo opportunity.
One for the experts: Adrenaline junkies can speed down the Weibermahd in Lech and have their speed recorded – anything over 70kms per hour is considered an achievement.
Simba – While chairs 3 and 4 get congested, this cracking blue run is quiet, long and impeccably groomed...well worth a visit!
One for the experts: Blue Sky Basin is tree skiing at its best. North facing and shady, you can find powder stashes here long after the rest is skied out.
Centennial is a wide, sunny and glorious way to warm up before upping the ante on one of the steeper runs back to the village.
One for the experts: When they open the gates to Royal Elk Glade and Black Bear Glade, you have to be there. Because 'The Beav' is better known for families, you might have them all to yourself.
Skiing at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn doesn’t get much better than this: 1500m of vertical descent from the top of Furggsattel down to Furi on the Matterhorn and Weisse Pearl runs. Finish in style with lunch at Zum See.
One for the experts: If you’ve got the knees, give the notorious Triftji bumps a bash. Survival of the fittest….
There is a ski lift called Sheer Bliss on Snowmass Mountain which says it all really…
One for the experts: If you’re fit enough, hike up to the top of Highland Bowl and then take your pick. It's truly mindblowing and it will earn you big points with the locals in the bar later.
Orange - This run to La Daille is the furthest on the skier’s right and is a challenging but fun descent. It is less busy than the OK, the trees ensure visibility, the pitch is consistent and the Funival will have you back at the top before your legs recover.
One for the experts: Back of the Cugnai - This is another one where a guide is advised as this is well off piste. Get there before the sun does for a Val d’Isère classic wide powder bowl.
The Grand Duc at the top of the Olympic Chair - The views at the top are some of the best in Meribel and this run is generally overlooked as it is off the beaten track.
One for the experts: Mont Vallon - The views are great from the top and on a powder day it’s hard to beat.
Harmony Ridge on Whistler Mountain offers glorious cruising with spectacular views. Ride those rails and enjoy the views.
One for the experts: Mont Vallon - Take a short hike up Spanky’s Ladder then pop into the Ruby’s Bowl for a powder fix of epic proportions.