Hi Freeriders! On Esquiades.com we make sure to cater to everyone, all types of skiers and boarders are welcome, which is why we wanted to share this post today and call it Freeride Friday ;)
We know you guys know exactly where to go to enjoy some fresh tracks but some of you may have run out of places to go. We’ve also included some places which are ideal for first time freeriders, in case some of you want to give it a go but don’t know where to start.
Here’s a list of the Top Ski Resorts in Europe for Freeriding!
Chamonix - France
As you know, we are currently visiting this ski resort on our virtual tour through the French Alps ;)
So, if Chamonix Ski Resort didn’t already have loads to offer, it’s also the ideal ski resort for having incredible off-piste runs. The famous Vallée Blanche ski routes is one of the most famous off-piste runs in the Alps.
Davos - Switzerland
As soon as it snows, freeriders are the first to head over there! This ski resort is easily one of the best resorts in Switzerland. This is one of the areas where first-time freeriders should head to. Parsenn, known as the fun mountain, has loads of easy freeride options. If you are looking for a challenge and don’t mind going on a short hike, you can find some really good steep faces.
Tignes - France
This ski area has an impressive amount of freeride terrain where you can discover loads of natural steeps. Beginner freeriders can go to the Toviere ski area where there are some fun runs that take you to Val Claret.
If you want some extreme off-piste terrain, make sure you head to the Chardonet Bowl.
Ordino - Arcalís - Andorra
This ski resort is of the three that you’ll find in Andorra, located between France and Spain. If you’re a beginner, here you can learn about skiing/boarding techniques and safety on off-piste terrain.
Advanced freeriders will be able to explore the wildest areas and best off-piste routes in Arcalís.
This ski resort hosted the 2020 Freeride World Tour back in March.
Baqueira Beret - Spain
When you think of freerinding, what springs to mind is the Alps however, the Pyrenees also have some cool secret off-piste runs. The Baqueira Ski Resort is a popular spot because of the Aneto Peak, the highest mountain in the Spanish Peninsula. You will definitely have some fun on the secret freeride spots of the Val d’Aran.
La Mongie - France
Also known as Grand Tourmalet Bareges, is the largest ski area in the Pyrenees. Here you should head to the Nouvelle Glisse, a supervised off-piste are that is on the 3 sides of the Pic du Midi: Bareges, Artigues- Campen and Taoluet. Some call it the paradise of freeriding.
Orelle - France
Who hasn¡t skied in the Three Valleys? What you may not have done is venture over from Val Thorens to the secret “fourth valley”. As you know, the Three Valleys is the largest ski resort and guarantees snow from December to late May. Orelle doesn’t have the crowds and you can enjoy the freeride area in the Maurienne Valley.
As you know, off-piste skiing also has its risks as you will be skiing on avalanche terrain. So please make sure you have taken an avalanche course and carry a kit with all the essentials.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this post!