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10 of the Best Lift-Accessed Ski Lines in the World

Epic skiing with no effort required to get it; this list is a freerider's dream!

Description

Forget the satisfaction of earning your turns, these routes are pure lift-accessed, Type-1 fun. As an added bonus, ticking these routes off will take you to some of the best and most famous mountain towns in the world.

If you ski all of these lines you'll have visited the legendary peaks of the Mont Blanc range, the wild and intimidating mountains of La Grave, lesser known ski areas in Switzerland, Austria and Slovakia, the high altitude resorts of Colorado and you'll even have skied in Australia!

Narrowing down all the lift-accessed ski lines in the World to just 10 is tough, and what should and shouldn't be included in this list is likely to spark some passionate debate. What is indisputable is that these lines all provide fantastic skiing, epic scenery and a good excuse to travel to some awesome mountain ranges.

Before you set off on this epic journey pack fat skis, alpine bindings, and strong thighs!

Vallee Blanche
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Vallee Blanche

Chamonix
2,182 m
31 °
13 m
14.3 km
Perhaps the most famous ski descent in the world? Technically moderate but very serious skiing in an absolutely breathtaking setting.
Moderate
Private
Toula Glacier
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Toula Glacier

Chamonix
1,231 m
47 °
4 m
3.6 km
A serious but truly exceptional, long and varied ski descent in breathtaking terrain.
Difficult
Private
Rognon de la Girose
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Rognon de la Girose

La Grave
796 m
34 °
2 m
3.0 km
Breathtaking views and fantastic glacier skiing
Difficult
Private
Trifides - Grand Couloir
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Trifides - Grand Couloir

La Grave
719 m
44 °
6 m
1.8 km
Easy to access, steep couloir skiing. A La Grave classic.
Severe
Private
Seilbahnrinne Hafelekar
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Seilbahnrinne Hafelekar

Nordkette
397 m
43 °
0 m
0.7 km
A steep and incredibly well positioned line perched high above Innsbruck city.
Severe
Private
Stanica Lanovky East Couloir
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Stanica Lanovky East Couloir

418 m
51 °
18 m
1.3 km
A brilliant and atmospheric line through some big mountain terrain.
Difficult
Private
Minturn Mile
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Minturn Mile

Vail
662 m
29 °
N
3 m
3.1 km
One of the most famous off-piste routes at the resort.
Moderate
Private
Lakeside Center
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Lakeside Center

Whistler
231 m
48 °
5 m
0.8 km
The classic line through the center of wide-open Lakeside Bowl
Difficult
Private
Dead Horse Gap Run
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Dead Horse Gap Run

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
533 m
26 °
SE
8 m
3.7 km
A local favourite, dropping 400 vertical metres not too far from Thredbo dropping down to Dead Horse Gap car park.
Moderate
Private
Felsental Freeride
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Felsental Freeride

Andermatt
1,322 m
44 °
NW
36 m
5.1 km
A very popular 1300 metre downhill even for intermediate skiers. There are many, many variants to do.
Moderate
Private