10 Most Dangerous Ski Slopes In The World
If you fancy hitting the ski slopes this winter, be prepared to avoid these unless your a trained professional. Were taking a look at the 10 Most Dangerous Ski Slopes In The World.
10. Corbet’s Couloir, USA – Located at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and named after renowned local ski instructor and Everest conqueror Barry Corbet, this 10,450 foot high, double-diamond ski run has been described as “America’s scariest ski slope.”
The slope is a huge test for skiers since it involves dropping off a cornice with a free fall of anywhere between 10 and 30 feet, followed by a 60-degree slope
9. La Grave, France – After taking a 40-minute climb to the top of this imposing 10,500-foot mountain via cable car, you are met with the harsh realization that you’re completely on your own; there are no designated ski runs, no grooming, and no ski patrol.
Many visitors opt for a mountain guide, and the more extreme skiers can choose from about 7,000 feet of various vertical drops
8. Delirium Drive, Canada – With much of the pitch angled at 50 degrees, and the top of the mountain consisting of a near-vertical drop off a horizontal collection of rocks that feeds you into a tight chute, this run is incredibly avalanche-prone – so much so that you have to actually pass through an avalanche beacon gate in order to ski this terrifying run
7. Body Bag, Colorado – Once you reach the top of the run, the slope is nowhere in sight—that is, until you look down and see a 275-foot vertical drop at 55 degrees.
Fortunately, for the more fearless skier, this run is a merciful 700 vertical feet, but it’s still arguably the steepest cut run in North America with a consistent 45-degree pitch
6. Harakiri, Austria – With an average incline of 78 percent, the Harakiri is the steepest slope in Austria — so legendary that it draws a large cheering section of ski enthusiasts who watch the more extreme skiers tackle the run from the comfortable six-person chairlift, Knorren, where many often tumble down the length of the run.
Named after the Japanese ritual of suicide by samurai, Harakiri is “the world’s steepest groomed slope, with a pitch of 38 degrees.
5. Silver King Runs, USA – Housed in the largest alpine ski area in Washington with 2,300 acres of lift-serviced terrain, the Silver King summit stands over 7,000 feet high, with runs so that a proposal for a dedicated lift to the top was quickly rejected by the Forest Service.
With slope names like “Pin Ball,” “Brain Damage,” and “Lobotomy,” it’s easy to see why.
4. El Colorado, Chile – Located in the central region of Chile, this plus-sized resort offers skiers an awe-inspiring 2,971 feet of vertical descent and 77 ski trails, for both intermediate and advanced skiers.
However, the most extreme skiers, like championship freestyle skier Dave Valenti, embark on a seven-lift journey required to get to the top or El Colorado.
3. Christmas Chute, Alaska – Located 27 miles from Anchorage, this double diamond slope is one of the most dangerous in Alaska.
Extreme skiers will opt for Chair 6, which takes you to the highest lift served point at about 2,800 feet.
There, just above the top of the lift, are the infamous Christmas and New Year’s Chutes, which are “very steep with narrow spots
2. Racers Edge, USA – With a top elevation of only 3,200 ft. – covered mostly in ice – Hunter Mountain doesn’t offer the most challenging of skiing terrain.
The double black diamond run Racer’s Edge is the most formidable on the mountain, with steep, straight lines wide enough to host a bevy of skiers. You will not be surprised to see a few falls on this one.
1. The Saslong, Italy – The Saslong, created in 1970, features a set of jumps – the Camel bumps – that hurdles racers 262 feet.
The Camels are three successive bumps and the best skiers try to clear the middle jump by launching off the first.
It is one of the most challenging ski slopes in the world and mistakes on this run are most definitely costly.
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