Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
There’s enough here to keep a freerider happy for a few days but you’ll find more lines left at Pete Doherty’s Birthday party than you will here at the end of a powder day.
When it’s open and before it gets mogulled to hell, head to the Terza Ski-route that starts at Seebenalp and finishes a short walk from the mid-point of the gondola station at Oberterzen. There are a couple of times a season when the snow falls low enough to carry on all the way down to Unterterzen. You’ll need to stick fairly close to the route but there are plenty of trees to shred and small drops to find close by.
The area under the Zigerboden chairlift is good intermediate stuff, you can drop in anywhere along red-21.
The ski-route from the top of Leist to Panüöl is pretty but flat, and runs 31 and especially 30 have been designed to do nothing but piss snowboarders off.
From the top of Maschgenkamm head off the back towards the small Lücke restaurant. From here ignore run 24 and there are a number of couloirs that lead back down to the Arve chairlift.
Flumserberg has 2 terrain parks. The beginner/intermediate park is a bit of a badly organised mess under the Prodkamm chairlift. It starts off with a small boardercross on the steepest top section and then the park flows beneath that in one long section. There’s a good variety of small rollers to 1m table-tops but the problem lies in the fact that nothing is roped off and it’s too flat so you need to gun it, if you want anything more than credit-card air. Expect ski schools, dad & 5 year old kid, old skier using a jump as a vantage point and Mr take no-prisoner airhead to be mixing it up once, and the sound of each blaming the other is clearly audible from the chairlift overhead.
The Atomic sponsored RealPark www.therealpark.ch , is much more chilled and geared towards the progressing intermediate and advanced freestyler. There are 2-3 large table-tops and a good selection of rails including some boxes, straight and flat-down rails and a wallride. The park is located skiers right of the Prodkamm chairlift.
Generally runs get steeper the further right you get when you look at the piste map. The steepest runs are served by the Leist chairlift and are genuinely testing. The resort tends to leave run 41 to get moguled.
All the area under 1600m gets extremely sun-baked, slow and slushy and should be avoided on hot days, but conditions above are more consistent.
The pistes served by the Prodkamm chair are a joy for any beginner/intermediate rider looking to progress. You’ll find the biggest queue in the resort here, but the 8-person chair gets through things pretty quickly.
The beginner slopes served by Chrüz and Stelli are excellent for learning on, and it’s a shame that everyone else seems to agree as they get packed out. When you’ve done a day or two head over to the Prodkamm chair. You can buy a cheaper day pass to gain access to all the beginner tows, but for chairlifts you’ll need to pay full fare.READ NEXT: Village life, accommodation & nightlife