Best ski resorts for experts

If you’re in search of thrills, you’ve come to the right place. Expert skiers and snowboarders, get your adrenaline pumping with some of the best black runs, off-piste and freestyle terrain around!

© Val Thorens
France, Val Thorens

Val Thorens is linked to the Three Valleys, a vast ski area which boasts world-class off-piste skiing in addition to the many challenging black pistes. Freestylers will appreciate the excellent snowparks. Read more...

  • High-altitude, snow-sure ski area
  • Animated nightlife
  • Over 600km of slopes in the Three Valleys ski area
© Chamonix
France, Chamonix

Chamonix is an expert’s mecca, with access to the enormous Evasion Mont Blanc ski area and glacier skiing at nearby Argentière. The renowned off-piste route through the Vallée Blanche is a must-do for any skier worth their salt. Read more...

  • At the foot of Mont Blanc
  • Snowpark and boardercross
  • Large selection of extreme outdoor activities
© St. Anton

St. Anton am Arlberg will fulfill the wildest expectations of any diehard skier looking for steep black pistes, moguls and fresh off-piste tracks. Guaranteed snow, breathtaking scenery and modern lifts round out the experience. Read more...

  • Famous freestyle arena for snowboarders
  • High percentage of red and black pistes
  • Popular with the jetset
© Verbier
Switzerland, Verbier

The classy ski resort of Verbier is home to some of Switzerland’s best off-piste skiing, as well as a top-notch snowpark for freestylers. Skiers will enjoy views of the Matterhorn and the Mont Blanc from the top of Mont Fort. Read more...

  • 410km of slopes in the Quatre Vallées
  • Heli-skiing
  • Elegant resort centre
© Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane
Canada, Whistler

Off-piste is a lifestyle at Whistler-Blackcomb, with deep powder, steep couloirs and towering moguls. As if that weren’t enough, the resort gives access to heliskiing and expansive backcountry terrain in the Garibaldi Provincial Park. Read more...

  • Bustling and dynamic ski-in, ski-out resort
  • Several snowparks
  • Annual snowfall averages over 10m
© Andermatt
Switzerland, Andermatt

Andermatt is serious about its skiing, with even the Swiss Army using the off-piste terrain surrounding the resort as a training ground. Snow cover is always guaranteed, with the glacier offering some steep black runs of its own. Read more...

  • Rapidly developing ski area
  • Focus on high-level skiing
  • Lively village centre
© Avoriaz
France, Avoriaz

Just because Avoriaz is charming doesn’t mean the skiing is tame. 600km of pistes await you, including the infamous “Wall,” said to be among the world’s toughest black pistes. Heli-skiing is possible on the Swiss side. Read more...

  • Pedestrianized ski-in, ski-out village
  • One of the largest ski areas in Europe
  • Fantastic freestyle facilities
© La Grave-La Meije
France, La Grave

Beginners be warned – this ski area is not for you! Anyone attempting to tackle the rugged wilderness that is La Grave-La Meije should be well-versed in avalanche safety. But the risk is worth it for the deep powder thrills. Read more...

  • Ski area almost entirely off-piste
  • Beautiful scenery and terrain
  • Part of ski area lies in protected national park
© Miranda Muller
France, Les Arcs

The huge ski area that is Paradiski is home to several glaciers, an Olympic piste and a plethora of black runs to choose from. Five unique villages cater to skiers and boarders of all shapes and sizes. Read more...

  • Something for every budget
  • Paradiski area has 425km of slopes
  • 27 black pistes
© Val d'Isère
France, Val d'Isère

Along with Tignes, Val d’Isère makes up the Espace Killy ski area, known to experts for its endless off-piste terrain, mogul runs and legendary Olympic piste, La Face de Bellevarde. The snow-sure ski area reaches almost 3500m. Read more...

  • Over 10 000 hectares of off-piste terrain
  • Ski-in, ski-out resort
  • Slalom courses, moguls race run and snowparks