Best freeriding and off-piste resorts in the World

Steeps, powder fields, amazing tree runs. The following resorts have them all, and are the pinnacle of freeriding destinations.

#1. Verbier, Switzerland

Freeriders who know just what snowboarding is all about will be very impressed with Verbier. The ONeil Xtreme competition is held here on the North face of the Bec des Rosses which sh

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#2. Revelstoke, Canada

Where to begin… For anyone comfortable on hard blues and up, Revelstoke is going to be your new favourite resort. We say hard blues because, although the resort is 52.5% beginner/intermediate (7% and 45.5% respectively), a lot of the runs are scooped up by two cat roads taking you back...

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#3. St Anton, Austria

Freeriders are best suited to St Anton as it's the perfect playground, with a little of everything: steeps, powder, trees and big drop offs. Riders who know what they're doing should worm their way up to Kapall where they'll find loads of great freeriding terrain, with good natural hits. Alternatively,...

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#4. Crested Butte, USA

Freeriders are in command here, with much of the terrain best suited to riders who know how to handle a board and prefer off-piste. Extreme Limits is a gnarly, un-pisted heaven for extreme lovers wanting big hits and steeps. Check out Headwall and North Face for some serious double black...

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#5. Chamonix, France

Freeriders Chamonix can be heaven and hell. With good snow its the big one when it come to hardcore riding. Youve got it all - steep faces, glacial runs, trees and couloirs. With little snow you may find yourself spending more time on the lifts and in the pub than...

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#6. Jackson Hole, USA

Freeriders should love it on Jackson's slopes, with a host of marked out trails and acres of backcountry terrain to explore in areas such as the Green River Bowl or Cody Bowl. Backcountry guides are on hand to help you, and you can sign up for half day, full, or...

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#7. Davos, Switzerland

Freeriders will wet themselves when they see the off-piste opportunities, which are mega and best checked out with the services of a guide. It is possible to find fresh tracks a week or two after snowfall.The 2 freeride routes down to Teufi and Mülli from Jakobshorn are pretty cool, but...

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#8. Grand Targhee, USA

Freeriders will soon work out that this is a resort for them. The terrain on both mountains lends itself perfectly for both piste and backcountry riding. You'll find a number of steep black trails on Fred's Mountain, but most of them are quite short. You'll find plenty of open steep...

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#9. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada

The resort is sheer powder heaven when it dumps, which is often with its Pacific Northwest climate. Natural hits spring up all over both mountains which both have amazing tree runs, marked and unmarked. On Whistler, try Peak to Creek via the Peak Chair and Bagel or West Bowl. Even...

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#10. Kicking Horse, Canada

Freeriders will love Kicking Horse; it's one of a few BC resorts with wide-open Alpine powder faces. You can drop into Bowl Over and Crystal Bowl directly from the top of the Gondola and Stairway chair but on powder days these faces get schralped in seconds so ride down the...

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#11. Loveland , USA

For some nice and mellow Freeriding head up chair 2 up around Ptarmigan's Roost. Chair 8 is the spot in the Zip Basin with the top being all skate park style with little wind lips and double ups, then dip into the trees you'll find a little  warming hut and...

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#12. Nevado de Chillan, Chile

When the snow is on, this is the place to freeride! Set in a series of active volcanoes, the peaks of Chillan have a unique typography with rolling gullies, sharp pinnacles, and exposed, jagged ridgelines. The rideable terrain here changes swiftly, fro

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#13. Mt Baker, USA

It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s the weekend when it’s busy, or during the week when things are quieter, whatever resort you go to you need to be on that first lift if you want pure untracked freshies. Because of the standard of the riders at Mt Baker, by lunchtime everything...

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#14. Nendaz, Switzerland

Freeriders have the lot here, the 4 Vallees is massive and known throughout the world as one of the best freeride areas on the planet. The problem is it's no secret and crowds on a good day are a given. But don't be put off as fresh tracks can still...

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#15. Crans Montana, Switzerland

Freeriders in search of off-piste and fresh powder, need to hook up with a guide and set off to areas around the Plaine Morte Glacier, where you can make your way to nearby Anzere. The route goes through some tunnels, which makes it well worth the effort. The area known...

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#16. Kamchatka, Russia

The best riding for advanced freeriders - tons and meters of deep snow and no sights of civilization around. It's always better to hire a guide, because if you ride down some Russian volcano 12000 km away from home towards a helicopter that's going to meet you at 10:30 and...

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#17. Leysin, Switzerland

Freeriders have plenty of great terrain to explore, with tree runs down to the village, or extreme terrain with bowls and cliffs which you can reach by dropping in to your right on the Berneuse. You should also check out the official off-piste runs that give you the feeling of...

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#18. Flims, Switzerland

FREERIDERS, have for a number of years been aware of what is on offer here, whether up on Flims or over on the Laax slopes. For a nice long freeride trail that’s not over testing, try out the Segnes trail which is a red run that shoots down from the...

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#19. Niseko United, Japan

True powder hounds know not to head to Niseko United without backcountry gear, or at least a shovel, beacon and probe (& knowledge on how to use them!). Some steeps sections can be found but compared to other resorts such as world-renowned C

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#20. Zermatt, Switzerland

There are 38km of official freeride routes, and off-piste is where Zermatt really excels as a destination. The Stockhorn or over at the Schwarzsee areas are good. There’s lots of bowls, couloirs and steep off-piste and if you’ve got any cash left then heli-boarding is an option. There are heli...

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