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Adrenaline & Adventure: The best freeride spots in Europe

Photo: Off-piste adventure in the sunny Alps
Jan 3, 2021

Do you prefer to race down through the fresh snow off the groomed slopes and are you always ready for a new adventure? You will surely get the wanderlust now again. Because these five ski resorts come to our personal best list among the freeride locations in Europe. 

Whether in the cozy Switzerland, on a discovery tour in the French provinces or in the middle of Norwegian wild forests – your freeride trip is guaranteed to be an experience in all these places.

The deep snow is brilliant – especially if you are able to climb up on one of the 4,000-meter summits.

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Leave your tracks off the slopes in Austria Sepp Mallaun - Vorarlberg Tourismus

Unforgettable runs with breathtaking views: Engelberg-Titlis in Switzerland

One of my favorite destinations when I want to fully concentrate on sports. Après-ski is usually great – no question about it. But… I often love to start the first descent early in the morning with a clear head and full of energy. That still works best on the Titlis, because you encounter mainly professional freeriders out there, with whom I could already exchange one or two really good expert tips. What is more, the numerous off-piste descents are the purest freeride paradise, where downhills with more than 2,000 meters of altitude are possible!

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On a discovery tour in the Alps

There is hardly anything better than enjoying the view from the Titlis – for example down to Lake Lucerne – and in the right place you can even see as far north as to Germany. And then set out on the tricky trail to the Galtiberg, from where it finally goes down into the valley. An impressive 8-kilometer long run always awakens intense feelings of sports performance that I definitely don't want to miss.

By the way, as the Titlis is a glacier, you can jet down the off-piste here until May. And in summer the resort is a perfect venue for mountain biking and excellent hiking.

The charming underdog in the French Alps: Sainte Foy Tarentaise

If you are often on the move in the freerider community, you may have heard of it already – because the shout about the charming Sainte Foy has long since got around.

However, if you have only known the big ski resorts in the French Alps so far, it is high time for a little voyage of discovery. With 41 kilometers of slopes, Sainte Foy Tarentaise is not only nicely manageable, but also hardly attracts family crowds due to its focus on ambitious skiers.

Atop of the marked slopes, there are three marked freeride ski routes. Plus, if you already have a bit of experience on the open expanse, you should definitely dare to climb towards Pointe de la Foglietta and find your way through the superb free terrains. Or even better: Find a local guide who will show you the best routes without taking unnecessary risks of an unknown location. Because there are some really fine powder runs to explore Saint Foy Tarentaise!

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Freeride in Austria: pure adrenaline

Freeride Mecca with over 200 km of off-piste: St. Anton on the Austrian Arlberg

With over 300 kilometers of slopes, Arlberg is the largest connected ski area in all of Austria - and therefore of course a popular destination for ski enthusiasts of all kinds. (It's not for nothing that it is among our top resorts for Austria.) Fortunately, we freeriders also get our money's worth. Around St. Anton there are over 200 kilometers of off-piste opportunities, where you can let off steam to the full. There are so many cool runs here and the snow is just awesome – it`s guaranteed you will want to come back.

If you want to go an extra mile in terms of adrenaline, Arlberg is the perfect venue for a heliskiing adventure. The best is to go up on Mehlsack at an altitude of 2,652 meters and then down on the (wide freeride) skis for around an hour to Lech. Then you are guaranteed to feel every fiber of your body – it will feel good!

Exciting powder runs from lofty heights: 4,000-meter peaks in Monterosa, Italy

You have similarly diverse options in Italy: you can enjoy the 180 kilometers of paved slopes in the extensive Monterosa ski resort and, above all, the countless powder runs with exciting steep slopes and sometimes exceeding 2,000 meters of elevation difference. The deep snow is brilliant – especially if you are able to climb up on one of the 4,000-meter summits and from there you have the best possible chance of an untouched descent through the beautifully silent nature. So you should bring some energy and sportsmanship with you to experience the amazing runs. Otherwise, be sure to take the gondola from Alagne to Punta Indren and look for a descent from there. There are a few great ski routes that offer more than enough challenge, especially for your first visit to the area. Or just take a helicopter to take off directly from the summit – an unforgettable experience for every ambitious skier!

If you find Monterosa an appealing option for your next skiing trip, go and explore our other recommendations for Italy – you will definitely find one or the other nice inspiration for you.

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Powder runs in Italy

Exciting discoveries in the midst of untouched nature: Trysil in Norway

Our last tip at this point is not that adrenaline-pumping, but it offers a unique feeling - especially if you have a penchant for the north of Europe. In Trysil, Norway's largest winter sports area with a total of 71 kilometers of groomed slopes, all levels of difficulty are ready to be challenged. What is great, there is also a lot of pure nature to explore. Here you will find some demanding freeride routes with breathtaking panoramic views that will definitely stay in your memory long after. It is a worthwhile adventure in spite of the massive cold, particularly from December to February. If you have a Nordic feeling, then please do it straight away.

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Norway: untouched nature with breathtaking panoramic views Visitnorway.com

Ready for freeride action? – Let’s go!

Enough inspiration? Fine: then get ready for your next trip to one of our favorite destinations to experience the amazing freeride action. Be sure to let us know how you liked it! Simply send an email to scouts@skimondo.com.

And should you have an insider tip that we haven't had on our bucket list yet, get in touch! As we are of course on the lookout for the most promising freeride spots in Europe and around the world.

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