Extreme skiing is the domain of the adrenaline junkie. While many of us might enjoy the ski season, most of us would never want to hit some of the extreme slopes. It takes a special breed of thrill chaser for this. But extreme skiing is catching on and mad skiers are heading to some of the most extreme slopes on the planet to do their thing.
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Extreme ski enthusiasts are trying new slopes all the time and some of them are in rather obscure places around the globe. Here are just a few.
Corbet’s Couloir in Wyoming is referred to as America’s scariest slope. It is a whopping 3,145 metres high with an alarming 60 degree slope. This one’s for dedicated thrill seekers only.
La Grave in France takes 40 minutes to ascend via cable car. The 3,200 metre slope has over 2,000 metres of vertical drops. That’s crazy.
Delirium Drive at Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada features a 50 degree pitch and an almost vertical drop off. This is about as extreme as it gets, except that skiers willing to ski this slope have to pass through an avalanche, beacon gate, to get there!
Skiing in Antartica is pretty ground-breaking stuff. After an ocean voyage from South America to Antartica aboard the Australis, keen skiers will reach the slopes via anything from a short hike to a long ice climb.
Skiing in Afghanistan is not for the feint hearted. There are no chair lifts! You will need a guide and plenty of determination to hike to the slopes in the Bamiyan region. The altitude is extremely high, over 5000 metres above sea level in some places. You can hire a donkey to help with carrying your things.
This ski resort on the border of Kashmir is anything but luxury. The hot water doesn’t always work; a gun-bearing army may be seen patrolling the border; the altitude is over 4,000 metres; and there are plenty of untrained ski guides. It’s a good idea to take old ski gear so you can donate it to the locals before you leave.
There are six commercial ski resorts around Lebanon. Lebanon was named one of the10 top liveliest cities in the world by Lonely Planet, so you can expect to have a good time. Cedars resort is the highest in the Mount Lebanon range, with an altitude of over 3,000 metres. Exciting slopes!
Greenland runs are extraordinary. A helicopter can take you to the highest runs which traverse from mountain peaks on remote islands down to the ocean. And there’s lot of arctic wildlife to see, including polar bears!
If you are made for the mountains any of these destinations will give you an adrenaline-infused experience.
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