The US is hard to beat for off-piste skiing, says Karl Payn
North America offers some of the most thrilling off-piste skiing experiences in the world, from the vastness of the Rockies to the Arctic tundra of the Talkeetna Mountains.
North American resorts have a big advantage over most of their European counterparts: they secure all terrain within their boundaries, so there’s no need to hire a guide or rent expensive avalanche gear.
Nestling among the mountain ranges that snake the continent are hidden gems and untouched snowy peaks, with all the trappings of convenience and comfort the contemporary
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Few ski slopes cater especially for intermediate off-piste skiers, but the Vail Mountain in Colorado is perfect for increasing its guests’ confidence and skill on the slopes. In addition to the well-tended valleys, there’s a host of restaurants and hotels in which to whittle away the twilight hours.
Majestic Heli Ski, Alaska:
One of the biggest advantages of deploying a helicopter is the scope to enjoy remote experiences, miles away from other skiers. The Chugach and Talkeetna mountains in Alaska are characterized by open bowls, spines and low-angle powder that’s best accessed by air. Majestic Heli Ski offers all-inclusive packages and small group experiences.
Big Sky Ski Resort, Montana:
Before the construction of a small cable car in 1995, Big Sky Resort was mainly a place for beginner and intermediate skiers. Now with access to the 4,350ft summit of Lone Peak, the 5,800-acre resort — the largest in the US — has become a beacon for seasoned skiers wanting to test their off-piste mettle.