Top European Powder Skiing Destinations
Snow is beginning to fall on the mountain slopes around Europe and if you’re anything like us at LifeProof, you’re dreaming of hitting up the fresh powder and carving up the back country. You may be lucky and live a short drive to a mountain to hit up the slopes. For many, the trip is well researched and carefully planned to make sure you’re finding the perfect location…we all know the best powder destination is where no body else is. Below are some of our favourite spots across Europe, inspiration for your next adventure!
La Grave, France
Until recently this little town was a secret village for the World’s best free skiers and snowboarders. With just over 500 beds for visitors and a ski lift from the stone age this place isn’t your typical holiday resort. What makes La Grave special is that almost all of skiing is off-piste with some incredibly wild territory including glaciers, narrow couloirs and hidden steep cliffs. This location really is for experts only, but as you know…less people means maximum fresh powder to carve. Are you ready drop in on a serious couloir? It might be called La Grave for a reason…
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Innsbruck Nordkette, Austria
Innsbruck is easy accessible with only a 10 minute drive to the nearby airport. Advantages like this are usually associated with the mainstream resorts, not this time as when it dumps here there are enough gnarly and steep lines for everyone to carve up. Innsbruck offers anything from back-country tree runs to heart pounding ridge-line descents. If you’re planning a trip get up here during the week as the powder heads get in super early on the weekends and your perfect runs will be tracked out.
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Vervier has had a cult status for years as one of the top off-piste powder resorts which is accessible to everyone. On top of the gnarly lines the town boasts one of the most exciting cities of any snow resort in Europe. Offering some nice light slopes for the general riders and if you’re looking to push the limits there are two black routes that aren’t maintained. These routes remain untouched, until someone brave enough launches into a run. Generally the Ballon d’Arby from Lac des Vaux to la Tzoumaz offers the best fresh snow. If you feel like breaking down boundaries and pushing the limits even further Verbier is famous for its Heliskiing, with awesome options to choose from.
Known as one of the best powder skiing resorts in the world, Narvik is still relatively unknown and is more of an up and coming town that you need to visit before it becomes too popular. It may not be the easiest location to travel to, but we’re certain you’ll be impressed. Pretty much a heavenly location with vast array of free ride terrain facing in three directions, access runs from Morkholla after little over 20 minutes of a hike and all of this with a direct view over one of the worlds most spectacular sights: the Norwegian fjords and surrounding mountains and if you’re lucky the Northern Lights might be shining over.
Photo Credit: visitnorway.com
Check out our Essential Winter Gear Guide to be sure you’re kitted out before your adventure takes off. Do you have any secret locations that you’d like to share, let us know in the comment section below.
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