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.