Best resorts for piste riding

Carving, feathering, buttering and just straight lining. Those who love riding pistes, should take a look at what we think are the best 20 resorts in the World for piste riding.

#1. Verbier, Switzerland

Piste riders who enjoy hacking it down the pistes will love things here. The best run is undoubtedly the long, wide red piste that goes from the top of Attelas all the way back to the Medran lifts. Theres also some cool stuff at Savoleyres and Ruinettes, but no one...

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#2. Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada

Carvers and speed freaks will love the deliciously long, wide-open groomers of both mountains. On Blackcomb, Springboard, Rock and Roll and Ridgerunner are a must and Panorama on 7th Heaven features a set of of natural, groomed rollers that will boot you to the gods. On Whistler, cruise down to...

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#3. Courchevel, France

Piste Lovers will be in hard boot heaven. They reputedly spend £20,000 a night grooming the pistes, so get up for first lifts and you can carve your way down the Saulire, racing the cablecar. When everyone else gets up, head over 1650 for motorway-wide runs.

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#4. Les Arcs, France

If you like to stick to the piste then youre in luck. Les Arcs is blessed with amazingly well-groomed, wide open pistes. They're generally crowd-free, well most of the time, especially the higher grade runs. Les Arcs' piste lends itself perfectly for big slashing turns. The

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#5. Ischgl, Austria

If cruising down beautifully manicured motorway wide pistes is your idea of heaven then you’ve made it to the afterlife here. Even when the resort is heaving, it is easy to escape the crowds and gun it down some of the fast trails, and by the end of the day...

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#6. Davos, Switzerland

Piste lovers won't be disappointed here with 320km of runs to enjoy. There are loads of long leg burner runs off the Parsenn mountain, the 6 mile red run into the village of Serneus is full-on and you should be carving big style at the end of this one.Madrisa areaPhoto:...

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#7. St Anton, Austria

Everynight, the 31 groomers bash the  moguled slopes to perfection, but the mass of skiers make sure they're moguled again by the end of the day, so you'll only be able to get mach-5 decents in the morning. The variety of pistes is fantastic; from the steep and fast runs...

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#8. Heavenly, USA

PISTES . Riders of the piste are not to be outdone, since Heavenly is a highly rated as a groomed resort. There are plenty of well prepared pistes for laying out big tracks on, such as Liz’s and Big Dipper. The runs down to Stagecoach lodge on Nevada side are great...

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#9. Avoriaz, France

Piste hounds will love it here, the resort is as much suited to you as any other rider, with plenty of wide, open slopes for the French hard-booters to lay out a lot of Euro's carves. The reds down Chavanette and Arare are good for cranking it over, as are...

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#10. Corralco, Chile

If you like to lay it over and go fast, this is the spot for you! The US Ski Team have recently started using Corralco as a September training ground – and for good reason! The groomed trails are incredibly wide and consistent, and there are few people on the...

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#11. Obertauern, Austria

Pistes. Advanced riders have plenty of good, testing blacks where carvers can leave some nice lines. Obertauern (c) Reen West

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#12. Kimberley, Canada

Piste lovers get the best look-in on Kimberley 's slopes with some decent wide open runs allowing for big arcs. The run marked Main is a fast long burner which brings you out at the main base area, while Flapper is a shorter but faster pleaser.

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#13. Laax, Switzerland

PISTES. There's a good variety of pistes from open slopes at the top to the ones lower down that cut through the trees. They are all very open and wide, but there's nothing too testing but those with balls should try out the long black race run, Crap Sogn, back...

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#14. Big White, Canada

PISTE lovers will enjoy Big White as the terrain is perfect for laying out some big turns, although none of the runs are overly wide. By taking any of the main lifts, such as Ridge Rocket or Bullet, you gain access to some fast slopes. Cougar Alley is full-on and...

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#15. Val d'Isere, France

Riders who dig the piste can tear the place up in between hits, and those of you in hards will be well in with the French Eurocarvers who lay it over whenever they can.

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#16. Mammoth Mountain, USA

Riders who like to see where they’ve been and leave their mark in the snow will love Mammoth. The runs are super-well pisted and make for good carving terrain, both for those wanting to go at speed or for the more sedate rider. Check out the trail known as the Saddle Bowl, where you...

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#17. Beaver Creek, USA

Beaver Creek was designed for those who like to Cruise the Blues, and its runs are not only fun to ride but beautiful to watch while riding the lifts, too. To help get from place to place, the resort has carved out the Beaver Creek Express Trail, a long, sloping...

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#18. Cortina, Italy

The Sella Ronda trail is definitely worth a visit, as is the Canellone, which is a two-planker's race run and the area to cut the snow in style - definitely not for wimps. The slopes in Cortina are well maintained, smooth and easy to follow. There's some very steep sections, no...

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#19. Flims, Switzerland

PISTES. Riders sticking to the pistes will not have themselves overtaxed, but there is a nice series of good red runs below Narus that will make for a few good lines at a controlled speed. The Heini is a long red that starts out as a black down from the...

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#20. Passo Tonale , Italy

Carvers have a mountain that is simply fantastic. The wide open motorway style piste will let you ride fast and wide across runs that make carving a total joy. The 4km trail to Ponte di Legno is a cool trail while the 3km race runs will test the best. It's...

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