Chamonix is perhaps the most famous French ski resort, certainly its oldest, and that's saying something for a country that has so many great options on offer. Located at the base of Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc, it's inevitable that this resort will have some of the best off-piste skiing in Europe, and in the world.
Of course, all off-piste skiers must have heard of the legendary Vallée Blanche, a 24km long off piste run, starting from above 3800m at the top of the Aiguille du Midi, and totals a 2700m descent all in all. It's not just about the height, of course, it's also about the views and the thrill of the descent.
As well as the Vallée Blanche, Chamonix is host to a number of other, excellent off piste opportunities to whet your appetite, as well as excellent après ski and nightlife. After an amazing day skiing the Vallée Blanche, have an equally exciting night, and see if you can last until dawn.
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Located in the 4 valleys ski area of the Swiss Alps, Verbier is thought of as the Swiss Chamonix, and for good reason. Verbier is where the O'Neil Xtreme competition is held here, giving you the opportunity to test yourself on the same slopes as the world's best freeriders.
In particular, if you take the Mont Gele cable car you will find yourself with no pistes to choose from at all; paradise. You can also access the Lac des Vaux, which are wide open powder fields for an easier off piste experience, or you can visit the Bruson area if you enjoy skiing off piste on tree-lined slopes.
Your après ski options in Verbier are excellent, and we can give you plenty of suggestions on where best to enjoy a relaxing evening, or even just to enjoy a day off.
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Skiing in Austria focuses heavily on the après ski, but that only adds to the enjoyment of booking a ski holiday in Austria. Solden offers you the best mix of excellent off piste skiing and après ski to be found in Austria, and if you play your cards right you'll be sure to be the one making fresh tracks.
As much of a party town as it is, Solden offers you the opportunity to be an early riser, hitting the slopes long before the late night partiers have even thought of getting out of bed. You can take the first lifts at Wasserkar or Gaislachkogl and be almost guaranteed solitude in your skiing.
Wasserkar offers you easily accessible off piste opportunities, while Gaislachkogl is a much more fulsome experience. Take time to fully enjoy both areas, but do be sure to get at least one late night at one of the 45 lively ski bars before you head home otherwise you're simply missing out.
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Sestriere is where you want to be for some of the most accessible off piste with some of the best prices on offer. At a height of 2035m, the resort has excellent snow fall for most of the year, and there are plenty of places where you can leave the piste to make fresh tracks of your own in the fresh snow.
You'll find the best off piste in Sestriere heading down from the Sauze d'Oulx, with great routes underneath the gondola and a brilliant bowl that leads to a tree lined valley. Alternatively, you can find tree lined routes to follow from the very top down to Jouvenceaux if trees are your preference.
Beware of the off piste skiing laws in Italy, however. They are both a blessing and a curse. You are not meant to ski off piste in Italy without a guide, so setting this up does require a little bit of extra bureaucracy. On the other hand, this means that there is a lot less off piste skiing in general, and so plenty more opportunities for you to make your own tracks, and of course a guide can show you some of the best off piste opportunities if you ask.
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