Your perfect piste

Issue 5 - 2016
· Images Getty Images, Alamy

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or an absolute beginner, your ultimate ski slope is out there. Scott Dunn ski expert Kirsty Edwards plays matchmaker

Issue 5 - 2016
· Images Getty Images, Alamy

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or an absolute beginner, your ultimate ski slope is out there. Scott Dunn ski expert Kirsty Edwards plays matchmaker

Hitting the slopes can be one of life’s great pleasures, but picking the area that's suitable for you and your party is vital. For every beginner who has trembled at the top of a too-steep precipice, there’s an experienced thrill-seeker who’s bored of going up and down that same old red. This season, follow our guide to some of the world's best slopes and take the time to discover your perfect piste.

 

Absolute Beginners

Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen

There’s no better place for learning to ski than Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. With wide, immaculately groomed and quiet slopes, there’s plenty of space to make mistakes, and lots of gentle green and blue runs to practise on. When you’re starting out it can be easy to spend an entire week going up and down the same piste. However, there’s plenty of variety on offer here and lots of short lifts at the base, so things never become monotonous. As you improve, it’s easy to progress to slightly harder slopes, and it's worth noting that the Americans take ski safety very seriously – you won’t find any crazy super-skiers whizzing in front of you here.

 

Stay

The Little Nell, Aspen

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Eat

Element 47


 

 

Adventure seekers

Heli-skiing, British Columbia

When you feel like you’ve tried all the resorts and runs out there, heli-skiing is the next step. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an expert to do it – good intermediate skiers should be fine, and it’s a great thing to do with a group for a special occasion. A helicopter will drop you off in an area of incredible, untouched terrain that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to access. British Columbia is one of the best places to do this; it’s famous for having very fine, powdery snow, which is drier than you'll find in France and Switzerland. The sense of isolation you experience here is wonderful, and it’s the ultimate dream for skiers who feel they’ve outgrown Europe, on and off-piste.

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Stay

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge
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Eat

Heli-skiing picnic in the snow


 

 

Adrenaline Junkies

Corbet’s Couloir, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you’re looking for a serious adrenaline rush, head to Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole. One of the most famous runs in the world, it’s essentially a gulley with a very dramatic entrance: you have to jump into the chute from the top – some even backflip into it! – and make a quick turn before the rockface. You have to be a pretty advanced skier with considerable mental strength to attempt it, but if you do, the bragging rights are unbeatable. Alternatively, take the cable car (known locally as "The Tram") up there and join the many spectators eating waffles and watching others attempt this terrifying feat. .

Stay

Hotel Terra, Teton Mountain Village .

Eat Element

A Corbet's Cabin "top of the world" waffle

 

 

Mixed Ski Squad

Courchevel 1850

It can be hard to decide where to go when you’re skiing with a big mixed-ability group, but Courchevel is the ideal destination, with lovely gentle slopes at the bottom and harder skiing the closer you get to the top. This means that hardcore skiers can push on while everyone else can head back down to the village whenever they feel ready. It really is one of those places where there’s something for everyone, and that makes for a very happy holiday.

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Stay

Chalet le R

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Eat

La Cave des Creux


 

 

Super Foodies

Red 50, Zermatt

Zermatt is the holy grail for ski-foodies and the Red 50 run includes two of the region’s very best restaurants. Near the top is Zum See, an unassuming chalet that serves amazing alpine food. Further down is Blatten, which has decks for sitting al fresco and taking in the views of the Matterhorn. This world-famous eaterie has been serving exquisite food for more than 30 years. Let us know if you plan to visit in peak time – you'll need to book.

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Stay

Cervo Mountain Resort

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Eat

Zum See or Blatten


 

 

View Finders

SellaRonda, The Dolomites

Skiing the Sellaronda is often on people’s bucket lists, and it’s easy to see why; this 23km loop in the mountains offers mind-blowing views of the Dolomites. The dramatic landscape changes constantly with the light, and the mountains take on a pink hue towards the end of the day, due to their unique mineral make-up. It’s fairly easygoing, intermediate-level skiing, and you tend to go from lift to lift to lift, so there’s plenty of time to kick back and relax as you take in the extraordinary views.

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Stay

Hotel La Perla, Corvara

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Eat

Rifugio Emilio Comici


For further information about skiing around the world, speak to a member of the Scott Dunn ski team on 020 8682 5050

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