We simply adore the terrifying beauty of the ski runs that stand out by their breathtaking moguls, cliffs and length. So, we’ve decided to add 5 more runs to the list of the most awesome ski runs in the world.
La Chavanette or the Swiss Wall (Avoriaz, France)
The Swiss Wall, also known by its real name, La Chavanette, gets the butterflies fluttering in the stomachs of even the most confident of advanced skiers. "For experts only," says the sign at the top. The angle of descent is so steep that you cannot see what lies ahead. The moguls here can be the size of cars, and to safely negotiate them you need careful commitment. If the run is covered in soft fresh powder, the fear factor will be somewhat diluted – but when heavily mogulled and icy, failure to finish a turn can result in a rough, lengthy tumble. The Swiss Wall must be treated with the utmost respect.
Backside of the Valluga (St Anton, Austria)
It begins at the very top of the most challenging ski area in Austria. Skiers are only allowed to attempt the run with a qualified mountain guide as around half way down there is a left hand turn with a staggering 700m sheer drop onto the rocks. The fear factor comes mainly from the cable ride where you will be alongside sightseers and not skiers. Once you are through the danger zone, a sequence of turns brings you on to the Ochsenboden piste for a long cruise to the village of Zürs.
Grand Couloir (Courchevel, France)
It is one of the trio of Courchevel couloirs and the only one currently marked as a run on the piste map. The hardest part lies in the short run from the cable car dock and you have to snow plough across to avoid accidentally hitting the Sous Pylons or Emile Allais. The entrance lies between a set of boulders but is not particularly demanding. What makes this such a terror inducing run though is the most intense moguls you will ever have seen. If it hasn't snowed for a week or two, these moguls can be enormous and the first few turns become a question of survival rather than skiing. But the further you descend the easier it gets.
Parsenn (Davos, Switzerland)
The legendary Parsenn Downhill Run is one of the classics of Switzerland. There is virtually unlimited fun in store for seasoned skiers. The track starts at the top of the Weissfluh and runs a full 12 kilometres before ending 2,000 metres lower in Kublis. The Parsenn ski area is the largest one in the Davos region. The Parsennbahn funicular connects to a train and chairlift to the major lift junction of Weissfluh from where you can carry on upwards via a cable car to Weissfluh at 2,844m.
Dave Murray Downhill (Whistler Blackcomb, Canada)
The Dave Murray Downhill is named after Dave Murray, one of the original “Crazy Canucks,” and one of the most popular ski personalities Canada has ever produced. Dave Murray had three World Cup podium finishes before becoming Whistler’s director of skiing in 1982. This run is considered one of the world’s fastest downhills. Located on Whistler Mountain, the run starts at the top of the Garbanzo Express chairlift and finishes 3.1km later at Creekside at the base of the mountain. The top racers hit 92mph on the steepest section, and make just 33 turns at an average speed of 81mph.