Do you have nerves of steel, balls of fury, and at times a lack of better judgment? If you answered “yes” to any of these, start planning a trip to these 10 resorts.
These Ski Slopes were selected by the New York Daily News and appear to be in no particular order.
#1, Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s “Rambo”
At 1,000 vertical feet and pitches of 55 degrees you might want to crank your DIN settings before skiing Rambo.
#2, “The Streif” in Kitzbuehel, Austria
The Streif (Strip) is one of the most challenging downhill courses in the world. The Streif is almost 2 miles of turns, fog, and shade. Before you head here, start doing wall sits every day.
#3, “Great Scott” at Snowbird, UT
At over 1,000 vertical feet and 40 degrees, Great Scott can make even the most seasoned tourist ride the Tram back down. Great Scott and the surrounding cliffs contains some of Snowbird’s most challenging terrain with the ability to show the people on the Tram, just how much better you are than them.
#4, “Harikiri” in Mayrhofen, Austria
You know this slope is the real deal when it is named after the Japanese term for suicide. If this run was a street, it’s grade would be an unimaginable 78%.
#5, “Black Hole” at Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont
Do you think you’re cool since you can ski Double Black Diamonds? Next time you’re in Vermont, try the East Coasts only Triple Black Diamond and it’s 53 degree slope angle.
#6, “Paradise Run” Mad River Glen, Vermont.
Ski it if you can, but Ski Magazine has rated Mad River Glen the most Challenging East Coast ski resort. Once you’re there, head over the 38 degree Paradise Run and see what you’re made of.
#7, “Corbet’s Couloir” Jackson Hole, Wyoming
With a drop in of 10-30 feet and a 50 degree landing, just how good are you? Corbet’s is ranked #4 on the top fifty things for skiers to ski before they die.
#8, “Delirium Dive” Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada
Before you can even begin the hike to the top of Delirium Dive, you must first check in with ski patrol and have your Beacon, Shovel, Probe, and partner. Once at the top you have 2 options, drop in off of a large cliff band near the top, or take a set of stairs down to the top of the cornice. From there negotiate your way down the 50 degree slopes without getting cliffed out.
#9, “Al’s Run” Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
I sure hope you’ve been eating your Wheaties, or if you tele, your granola. Al’s Run in Taos is 1,800 vertical feet of leg torturing and knee destroying moguls, and you get to do the whole thing under the spectators on the chairlift.
#10, “La Chavanette” Avoriaz, France
The French just continue to be Bad-Ass. La Chavanette, also known as the Swiss wall, starts in France and ends in Switzerland. At 50 Degrees, windswept, and 1,000 vertical feet, La Chavanette is where the French raise their children to be great.
Does the New York Daily News know what they’re talking about? What would you add to the list?