Best Extreme Skiing Locations

A list of the top 10 extreme skiing spots has been developed by Cheapflights.ca, a travel deal website. The list ranges from moguls to heli-skiing to half pipes to ski hikes and five of the sites are in Canada and the U.S.

1. Mount Bake, Washington.

This location has an enormous amount of snowfall. Reports say the annual snowfall is more that 640 inches with a record of 1,140 inches one winter in 1998-1999. This resort has lots of backcountry skiing, cliffs, and natural halfpipes, so it attracts aggressive skiers and boarders. There is a risk of avalanche though, so be prepared if you wish to visit!

2. Tuckerman’s Ravine, Mount Washington, New Hampshire

This location is great because the deep snow allows the area to be open for business well into May when better weather conditions and lower avalanche risks occur. These factors draw skiers and snowboarders to the site. The site has a three-hour hike into the ravine, another 30-minute hike up the ravine, and then a 40 to 55 degree slope.

3.Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke has a heritage of heli-skiing. The powdery terrain is accessible by chopper and the way down is untouched snow. The area is renowned for its annual snowfall, which makes for amazing wide-open bowls and treeline skiing. The resort is also known for its mountain, which has a slope of 5,260 feet. This makes this location the biggest vertical drop in North America.

4. Mary Jane, Winter Park, Colorado

This site is full of moguls. In fact, Mary Jane is dedicated to mogul runs and tree skiing. This means the mountain requires intermediate to fairly advanced level skiers and boarders.

5. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

This mountain is known for the ability of skiers and snowboarders to go rushing downhill at top speed. Trails include Zig Zag, Dave Murray Downhill, the Downhill, and Super G course of World Cups and Olympics from the past. The trails progressively get more difficult and are know for “no-guts, no-glory speed.”

The other five destinations are Valluga, St. Anton, Austria; Vallee Blanche, Chamonix, France; Laax, Switzerland; Las Lenas, Argentina; and Yongpyong Resort, PyeongChang, South Korea. Each destination has its own specialty and is known for its unique features.

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Some Interesting Adventure Travel Opportunities

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Traveling is said to be the only thing you can buy that will make you richer. However, there are some places of travel that you can make richer too. Trips have the ability to be adventure packed but also benefit the local areas.

British Columbia, Canada holds the Great Bear Rainforest, which is teeming with bald eagles, migrating salmon, and rare white bears. The site is also proposed to hold a pipeline that would connect tar sands near Edmonton, Alberta to the port of Kitimat, British Columbia. If this pipeline has even one oil spill, the entire rainforest could be lost. There is hope for conserving the rainforest though. Fishing and ecotourism have provided sustainable alternatives to resource extraction in the Great Bear Rainforest for years. The more travelers the area gets, the less likely it is to hold the pipeline. On your trip, you can experience the forest by sailing up the coast. You can also travel up fjords, hike through ancient spruce and cedar, explore First Nations villages, or admire the bears, wolves, and whales.

In Baja, Mexico you have the opportunity to tag and release endangered sea turtles. Magdalena Bay off Baja’s Pacific Coast is the home of a project committed to changing the ways of poachers. The group, Grupo Tortuguero is actually comprised of former poachers who have decided to turn a new leaf. The group catches sea turtles in nets every month, measures, weighs, and tags them, and then lets them go. Red Sustainable Travel brings volunteers to this site to help the group record data and therefore reduce the cost of the research project. The trip fees help pay for staffers’ salaries, fund a local children’s education project, and prove that the sea turtles are worth being kept alive. Travelers to the site stay in tents on a small, remote islet and have the opportunity to hike, try fresh oysters and salsa, and walk through the white sand of the wild dune field.

Other places to visit where you can give back include Peru, Patagonia, and Mongolia. Each place has its own necessity for travelers to either help preserve land or help indigenous people to the area gather necessities for life.  To read more about adventure travel, check out this article.