Let’s assume you’re a bit of a daredevil. You like your sports full on and you’ve no problem with challenging yourself. So where are you going to head for the scariest ski slopes? Check these ones out.
Corbet’s Couloir, Wyoming
With a 20-foot drop going down a vertical rock wall, you might think again. In the end, you just have to do it. Sure, you need experience to know what you can cope with, but a run like this can give you an adrenaline rush that you’re unlikely to experience again. Until you do it again, whether it’s here or on another scary ski slope. Rollercoaster rides just don’t work the same way, as someone else is in control. On the slopes, you’re in control.
Delirium Drive, Banff
You know Canada’s good for skiing, so head up for some off piste skiing at Delirium Drive. You’ll need to be outfitted with a radio transponder, because this steep descent is avalanche prone. If you want to test yourself, then it’s the perfect place to pit your wits and skills against implacable nature.
La Grave, France
Not named for a friendly wonder down the slopes, this extreme territory is not for the fainthearted. The ride straddles the huge La Meije glacier and is really only suitable for serious ski thrill seekers. Advice is to get a mountain guide who knows the area and can try to guide you through this unpatrolled terrain. Make sure you have ice crampons, a radio beacon and rappelling gear. This is serious skiing on the edge, so go for it knowing what you’re going to have to tackle.
Crested Butte, Colorado
It may be short – 300m – but as its name, Rambo, suggests, it won’t take prisoners. A 55-degree pitch means you have no option but to get to the end. It’s a tough ask, but if you’re looking for that adrenaline rush, then check it out.
Risky but fun
You can never predict what’s going to happen, but if you’re prepped right, then you can have an amazing experience. It’s important to get the right gear for your winter sports experiences. When looking for a ski jacket, something like these are perfect for keeping you warm and helping protect you from falls.
Risk is part and parcel of skiing, and you’ll know that when you want to take on major challenges. Your risk level is up to you. Go off piste on un-groomed trails and you can get incredible amounts of satisfaction, but you need to watch out for dangers like avalanches.
Always let people know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Mostly you won’t have any problems, but if you do get into trouble and can’t make that vital call, then the authorities will be alerted and help will be on its way.
Make sure that you take out comprehensive insurance to protect you and members of your family should anything happen. Remember, medical costs can be very high in many countries, so that protection is something you need to add to your travel list.
If you’re still trying to decide on your next ski adventure, look no further than some of the slopes mentioned above – you won’t be disappointed.
Feature image courtesy of crestedbutteguides.com.
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