/ "Best pistes in the Alps"?
I'd be really keen to hear anyone's personal tips/suggestions for "best pistes in the Alps"... I'm thinking along the lines of a personal 'hitlist' of resorts to visit - would be great to share/get other's ideas
Broad topic I know, what makes 'best' etc - so why not add a 'why'? Maybe best by colour would be good too, but that's a different thread.
So how about a top 5 personal favs along with a quick why...?
Mine might be, in no order:
1. Folyeres, La Tania - definitive best blue in the Alps! Fast, nice length and a good burger at the bottom!
2. Point de Vue all the way to Argentiere, Grand Montets - 2000m from glacier (stunning views) down to forest - if you can do it in a one-er/no stops, respect!!
3. The red under the Schonleitenbahn, Saalbach - always quiet 'cos you only ever take it by mistake when you're trying to get to Saalbach village, but always fun once you pass that point of no return!
4. The red down to Villaroger from the Aiguille Rouge, Les Arcs - a really sweet part of the classic long descent.
5. The red from the top of Aberg-Langeck down to Hintermoos, Hochkonig – hard to choose from any of the longer reds in this area, descent to Dienten especially, they’re all good.
Bit of France/Austria bias there - but that's what comes to mind for runs I've enjoyed!
1, Pierre a Ric, Grands Montets - Chamonix (in the morning when groomed, just straight line it)
2, Bochard - Grands Montets - Chamonix (when its quiet in low season)
3, The Streif - Kitzbuhle - Austria (First thing in the morning, gets super icy)
4, The Saslong - Val Gardena - Italy (you can ski the whole down-hill race piste, its amazing)
5, Le Face - Val de doda - Its pretty steep for a piste!
Here's my five piste's.
Might need to make the list a lil longer for off-piste fav's
Yep can't fault the descent from the top bin of the Grands Montets to Argentiere, has to be top 5.
Hard to call it a piste but Spankys Ladder at Blackcombe gives access to awesome descents.
Orange piste down to la Daille in the right conditions is brilliant for lapping the funicular.
The descent from the Madloch Joch to Zug is really nice.
Hemlock Bowl at Mammoth is great but again isn't exactly a piste.
1. Plan Fontaine from Bouc Blanc Restaurant down to La Tania. Green run through the forest. Had a brilliant spontaneous non stop race with my brother and sister-in-law after lunch stop.....
2. Monte Rosa down to Val Tournenche - Cervinia - 25km nice Red (with only one small rope drag)
3. The Blue runs in Courcheval - wide flattering "Motorways"
4. OK and Orange down into La Daille - I just like them!!!
5. Top of Grande Motte down into Tignes Val Claret - lovely long run and great views
Vallon de la Sache - Tignes
Vallee Perdue - an adventure rather than a piste but great fun
without doubt my most memorable piste runs were the two red runs under the Aiquilette chair above Chantemerle, Serre Chevalier - two beautiful tree lined pistes, with a foot of fresh snow and knowing as we put 1st tracks down 1 piste we were going to do just the same down the other as basically you can not get to it any other way than down the piste we were on.
For me, the Sarenne in Alp D'Huez is pretty memorable - supposedly the longest black in the Alps, but it was my daughter's first black when she was about 8 so can't be too fiercesome. I love the blacks in Val Thorens , especially the Slalom - it IS steep, especially in fog! - and the Cascades.
Oh yes. The weather was poor, but we'd had such a nice time on it the day before that we'd *promised* the kids we'd do it again. The big cablecar was closed, but we waited and it opened... by this tme only about 30 people were queuing. Up we went and my daughter had a glove problem at the top so we were a few minutes behind the other 26. Oh, and they'd closed the lift again. A sweeper guide came past and asked if we knew the way. Perhaps foolishly we said yes - at this stage we could see a couple of piste markers ahead. He disappeared into the thickening mist. The four of us set off - competent skiiers but by now there was no way to see the bumps on the steep section. We grouped at a piste marker and visibility was now about 3m in whirling snow; it was near dark despite being mid morning. A discussion opened about whether the piste lay down the rather steep fall line or off to the right. The texture told us nothing, so we devised a plan to spread - remaining in sight of the next person - to try to find the next marker. The "chain" broke of course and now daughter and father are yelling for son and mother in the whistling greyness. Should we search? Should we wait? Should we go down? We dredged up vague memoories of the 16kmn run in sunshine the day before and decided on the right hand veer. No way of seeing bumps, so bent-kneed we down-traversed/side-slid. Joy as we found another marker, but not the others. The same process again but not knowing which side of the strip we were on. Half an hour of nail-biting wand-to-wand and the greyness lifted slightly. We skiied the loooong schuss to the return lift and, thankfully, found the others waiting.
Nice run though.
The Lech - Zurs white ring circuit was a fun half day out.
Yeah, I know what you're getting at but it's a different kettle of fish isn't it?
I'd never choose piste over off when conditions are good, but I don't believe you haven't ever had a good day lapping the lifts? ;)
Good point with the names - hence some of mine being "that red"!
Yeah, Sarenne has to be up there - popular choice too. You reminded me of another one with the mention of Val T - seem to remember there's a really nice red over the top above Orelle... or maybe my memory is coloured by weather/snow on the day...
yep the 'luc alphand' - for sure some nice jumps, you can really end up with some time in the air hitting the rollers on it at a bit of speed
I 2nd chamossiere in Morzine, its an awesome run. Same area - but all the runs off Les Grandes Combes the inc Coupe de Monde and with good conditions Combe de Machon.
And not the longest run in the world, but absolutely brilliant as theres hardly ever anyone on it and ists a perfect pitch for gunning it as long as you concentrate- Rhododendrons into Casse Noisette off the Rochassons chairlift in Chatel. And the descent of the Linga bowl right from the top.
I'll also admit to being biased as I live there but thats one of the reasons after 6 years I'm still doing seasons there!
Peak to creek at whistler which i did the year before it officially opened- had the whole run to ourselves for whole day in knee deep powder!
Point de Vue to Lognan, Grand Montets for views. Bottom bit only good when its quiet in the morning.
From the top of Alp d'Huez though can't remember the the name. Was all freshies when i did it so was more like off piste.
Top to bottom Lake Louise on the downhill course
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