+ More pisted black runs than most
+ Large areas with a lot of ground to cover
+ Extensive off piste opportunities
– Snow conditions can restrict off piste access
– In perfect conditions, all the locals will be there
– Not ideal for mixed ability groups
You may be on a short break but you want to cover the whole area and like a challenge. These resorts all cover a large area and also offer some steep and challenging terrain both on piste and, with a guide, off piste. After all, you can have a rest when you get back home can’t you?
Large sized lift-linked hardcore areas with an above average proportion of black pistes include Alpe d’Huez, Flaine (France) and Davos (Switzerland).
Hardcore resorts worthy of their cult status for on and off piste challenges include Chamonix (France) and Verbier (Switzerland).