There are few things in life that feel as good as making fresh tracks in powder on a crisp, bluebird day. And whilst Europe might not have the waist deep powder of Japan or the big mountains of Alaska, there is so much on offer for freeriders across the alps. If you’re looking to shred some fresh deep powder or ski some big lines this winter, here are some of the best ski resorts in Europe for Freeriding.
Best Ski Resorts In Europe For Freeriding
Chamonix – France
An iconic resort with a reputation for some pretty extreme off-piste, including the famous Vallée Blanche ski route, one of the most famous off-piste runs in the Alps.
St Anton – Austria
If you want to ski hard and party harder, then St Anton is where you need to be. St Anton and it’s neighbouring resorts are known for getting large dumpings of snow across the winter season and have some pretty serious off-piste options for expert skiers and snowboarders. The resort also has some of the best apres-ski vibes in the whole of the alps. And if you’re not so keen on the number of people around St Anton (it can get pretty crowded on the slopes) then nearby resorts such as Lech-Zürs and Warth-Schröcken are also good to check out.
Engelberg – Switzerland
Engelberg is a freeriders paradise, with runs offering over 2000m of vertical, and thanks to the glacier, it has a pretty long winter season. Unlike resorts like St Anton, this town attracts hardcore freeriders but not hardcore party-goers.
Fieberbrunn is famous in the freeride world as one of the stops of the Freeride World Tour. This small resort used to be one of Austria’s best kept secrets, but since the new gondola linking it with the Saalbach – Hinterglemm Ski Circus, it has become a lot more popular with skiers and snowboarders from all around the world.
Monterosa is a self-proclaimed “freeride paradise” and it is Italy’s answer to France’s 3 Valley’s ski area. It’s also one of the few destinations in Europe where you can go heli-skiing.
Vallnord – Arcalis, Andorra
Vallnord, or more specifically the Vallnord – Ordino Arcalís area is another stop on the freeride world tour. I’ll be completely honest and tell you that I had never heard of this resort until researching for this post. But it came up on my radar and it looks pretty awesome. It might not have huge vertical descents but it looks like it’s got enough to keep most freeriders amused.
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