Guidebook

Charlie Boscoe's 50 Favourite Ski Adventures in Europe

After 14 winters based in the Alps, here are the best 50 trips I've had on my skis. Needless the say, the "to do" list is still much longer than this "done" list!

Description

Skiing every great line in Europe would require an endless budget and 10 lifetimes, so this list simply represents the best trips I've had in 14 years wandering around the continent in search of snowy adventures.

There's a reasonable geographical spread in this list but compiling it serves as a reminder of how much there is still be done - Central Switzerland, the Pyrenees and much of Italy have not had justice done to them. I will try to rectify this soon...

This guidebook might provoke some debate about what could/should be in it but great days are often measured by intangible factors so take it with a pinch of salt and enjoy creating your own list of favourites as the ski seasons come and go!

Sommet du Grand Vallon North Couloir
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Sommet du Grand Vallon North Couloir

Briançon
4 - 5 hrs
8.0 km
856 m
856 m
42 °
A classic ski couloir in a wild valley
Severe
Private
Vallons de la Meije Classic
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Vallons de la Meije Classic

Les Deux Alpes and La Grave
1,616 m
38 °
4 m
5.5 km
The La Grave mega-classic
Difficult
Private
Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse
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Trou de la Mouche - Grand Crêt to Paccaly Traverse

La Clusaz & Le Grand Bornand
4 - 5 hrs
7.1 km
1,077 m
1,069 m
43 °
An accessible but highly rewarding Aravis classic
Difficult
Private
Tête de la Sallaz - Couloir de la Salletaz
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Tête de la Sallaz - Couloir de la Salletaz

Arve Valley
2 - 3 hrs
5.0 km
472 m
746 m
40 °
An easy ski tour to a perfectly positioned peak, followed by a steep and exciting descent. Ski touring doesn't get much better!
Difficult
Private
Monts Jovet West Couloir
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Monts Jovet West Couloir

Arve Valley
3 - 4 hrs
8.8 km
705 m
1,216 m
50 °
A truly brilliant ski descent which you are unlikely to share.
Severe
Private
Trappier Couloir
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Trappier Couloir

Chamonix
6 - 7 hrs
10.4 km
1,396 m
2,091 m
56 °
A large and very attractive couloir in plain view from Chamonix
Severe
Private
Mont Blanc North Face
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Mont Blanc North Face

Chamonix
1 day +
22.3 km
2,889 m
2,889 m
37 °
A satisfyingly long descent from the Alps' highest summit.
Difficult
Private
Cosmiques Couloir
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Cosmiques Couloir

Chamonix
1,647 m
50 °
253 m
6.4 km
This is a classic extreme skiing line, not only in Chamonix, but across the Alps. 900 meters of sustained and serious terrain between 40-50 degrees; enough to get anyones heart pumping.
Extreme
Private
Vallee Blanche
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Vallee Blanche

Chamonix
2,197 m
31 °
181 m
15.1 km
Perhaps the most famous ski descent in the world? Technically moderate but very serious skiing in an absolutely breathtaking setting.
Moderate
Private
Brêche de Puiseux
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Brêche de Puiseux

Chamonix
3 - 4 hrs
8.1 km
771 m
1,481 m
52 °
The classic ski-mountaineering trip of the area, taking in some mind-blowing scenery.
Difficult
Private
Col de Beugeant
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Col de Beugeant

Chamonix
2 - 3 hrs
3.8 km
495 m
1,032 m
43 °
One of the classic tours of the Agiuille Rouge with a short section of exposed climbing
Difficult
Private
Mont Buet North Face
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Mont Buet North Face

Arve Valley
1 - 2 hrs
5.2 km
22 m
1,563 m
49 °
A beautiful and classic steep face with a hazardous entrance
Severe
Private
Couloir Pissoir
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Couloir Pissoir

Chamonix
5 - 6 hrs
11.3 km
1,101 m
1,965 m
46 °
A big adventure through some huge terrain
Severe
Private
Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir
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Mont de Grange, Petit Pertuis Couloir

Portes du Soleil
3 - 4 hrs
5.3 km
870 m
870 m
44 °
An excellent couloir on a prominent and quiet peak - what more can you ask for?!?!
Severe
Private
Mont Fort - Backside
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Mont Fort - Backside

Verbier
1,591 m
50 °
58 m
8.5 km
THE Verbier classic taking a journey a long way from the ski area. Serious skiing in a serious environment.
Severe
Private
Allalinhorn, 4027m
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Allalinhorn, 4027m

Saas Fee
2 - 3 hrs
4.4 km
649 m
579 m
40 °
One of the easier 4000m peaks in the Alps
Moderate
Private
Hinteres Rendl
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Hinteres Rendl

Arlberg
1,270 m
38 °
N
59 m
5.9 km
A popular and long run. A classic St.Anton freeride route easily accessible via lifts.
Difficult
Private
Gampenbahn Rinne
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Gampenbahn Rinne

Ischgl
835 m
39 °
2 m
2.4 km
A brilliant couloir which is best skied in spring snow.
Severe
Private
Stempeljoch
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Stempeljoch

Innsbruck
6 - 7 hrs
14.3 km
977 m
2,473 m
49 °
A truly wild tour through a series of stunning valleys.
Difficult
Private
Hafelekarspitze South Couloir
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Hafelekarspitze South Couloir

Innsbruck
1,438 m
44 °
28 m
4.0 km
A truly epic ski descent through some huge terrain.
Severe
Private
Kalkogel Loop
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Kalkogel Loop

Axamer Lizum
1 day +
18.6 km
1,434 m
2,749 m
34 °
An awe inspiring journey around the Kalkogel range, home to some of Tirol's most dramatic peaks.
Difficult
Private
Nockspitze North-east Face
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Nockspitze North-east Face

Axamer Lizum
1 - 2 hrs
3.0 km
444 m
689 m
44 °
An exciting ski line which is visible from virtually all of Innsbruck city centre.
Severe
Private
Niederer Sud
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Niederer Sud

Schlick 2000
960 m
38 °
62 m
4.4 km
A stunning run with one of the best hike:fun ratios of any freeride line in Austria.
Difficult
Private
Serles North Couloir
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Serles North Couloir

4 - 5 hrs
6.9 km
1,040 m
1,040 m
47 °
An aesthetic, atmospheric and exciting line off Innsbruck's most famous peak.
Severe
Private
Metzen East Face
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Metzen East Face

Hochfügen
395 m
49 °
86 m
1.5 km
The Big Mountain Contest face and THE extreme line in Hochfügen
Extreme
Private
Small Gilfert Southeast
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Small Gilfert Southeast

Hochfügen
858 m
34 °
49 m
4.8 km
Long joyful route in a big area without any lifts and a kind of Alaska feeling.
Difficult
Private
Val Setus - A Classic Dolomites Couloir
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Val Setus - A Classic Dolomites Couloir

Dolomites
2 - 3 hrs
7.7 km
425 m
1,399 m
49 °
A Stunning Journey Across the Sella Massif Followed By An Aesthetic Steep Descent
Severe
Private
Pockkogel
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Pockkogel

3 - 4 hrs
7.6 km
563 m
1,257 m
43 °
Lift access helps to make this a short tour with big rewards
Difficult
Private
Hohe Mut West Couloir
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Hohe Mut West Couloir

429 m
46 °
31 m
1.4 km
An easily accessible hidden gem!
Difficult
Private
Thaneller North Face
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Thaneller North Face

5 - 6 hrs
8.5 km
1,291 m
1,291 m
48 °
A fantastic route to an amazing summit with a bit of everything; a bowl, couloir, face and even some trees.
Severe
Private
Bystre Sedlo
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Bystre Sedlo

Tatra National Park
3 - 4 hrs
8.6 km
703 m
1,149 m
41 °
The Tatras are something of a hidden gem, and this classic route is a good example of why they should be better known!
Difficult
Private
Stanica Lanovky East Couloir
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Stanica Lanovky East Couloir

Tatra National Park
418 m
51 °
18 m
1.3 km
A brilliant and atmospheric line through some big mountain terrain.
Difficult
Private
Popova Sapka Backcountry
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Popova Sapka Backcountry

5 - 6 hrs
12.2 km
835 m
1,499 m
35 °
A beautiful tour through some immaculate ski terrain
Difficult
Private
Cerbului Valley
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Cerbului Valley

5 - 6 hrs
15.9 km
521 m
1,805 m
30 °
A fun adventure across the Bucegi Plateau and down a spectacular valley
Difficult
Private
Kaldbakur
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Kaldbakur

5 - 6 hrs
9.7 km
1,178 m
1,178 m
40 °
A staggeringly beautiful ski tour which also serves up some exciting, fast skiing.
Difficult
Private
Kleivdalsfjellet South Face
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Kleivdalsfjellet South Face

2 - 3 hrs
6.4 km
334 m
965 m
35 °
A fun little tour which involves 2 excellent descents and some truly staggering views.
Difficult
Private
Ellendaltinden West Couloir
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Ellendaltinden West Couloir

6 - 7 hrs
12.5 km
1,348 m
1,348 m
52 °
A truly brilliant line with perfect pedal-to-the-metal terrain.
Severe
Private
Tromsdalstinden
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Tromsdalstinden

5 - 6 hrs
10.4 km
1,234 m
1,234 m
39 °
A brilliant peak which dominates the view from the area to the south of it.
Difficult
Private
Store Jaegervasstinden
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Store Jaegervasstinden

7 - 8 hrs
15.1 km
1,593 m
1,593 m
35 °
A long and wild journey in a stunning part of the Lyngen Peninsula.
Difficult
Private
Roßkogel Nordrinne
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Roßkogel Nordrinne

Rangger Köpfl
4 - 5 hrs
9.5 km
772 m
1,351 m
47 °
A classic steep couloir which has the added draw of being visible from Innsbruck city centre!
Severe
Private
Schafseintenspitze North Face
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Schafseintenspitze North Face

5 - 6 hrs
9.7 km
1,255 m
1,255 m
39 °
A stunning tour and a fabulous ski descent through some of the finest terrain in Tirol.
Severe
Private
Trifides - Grand Couloir
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Trifides - Grand Couloir

Les Deux Alpes and La Grave
719 m
44 °
6 m
1.8 km
Easy to access, steep couloir skiing. A La Grave classic.
Severe
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
Vesses couloirs from Arp
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Vesses couloirs from Arp

Courmayeur
1,293 m
46 °
53 m
6.5 km
A great run from an amazing summit. There's potential for plenty of powder on varied terrain but snowboarders should be prepared for a walk at the end.
Difficult
Private
Punta Croce
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Punta Croce

4 - 5 hrs
9.2 km
826 m
825 m
43 °
A remote-feeling peak which provides huge views across Mont Blanc's South face and some fantastic tree skiing.
Moderate
Private
Piatta de Grevon 2
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Piatta de Grevon 2

Pila
373 m
39 °
N
0 m
0.8 km
This run is fast, fun and steep. Not to far from the beaten track but an extremely interesting area of terrain. Taking advantage of Pila's secret spots
Difficult
Private
Mont Fourchon
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Mont Fourchon

3 - 4 hrs
7.3 km
681 m
681 m
40 °
A low stress tour which can, conditions allowing, be possible anytime between November and June.
Moderate
Private
Barmaz
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Barmaz

Cervinia
837 m
43 °
W
3 m
4.2 km
Amazing off-piste line. From the glacier to Cervinia town, enjoy this very long run for experienced riders.
Severe
Private
Zendleser Kofel
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Zendleser Kofel

Trentino-Alto Adige
3 - 4 hrs
7.8 km
742 m
742 m
39 °
A classic easy ski tour which has fabulous views
Moderate
Private
Pointe de L'Ifala North-west Couloir
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Pointe de L'Ifala North-west Couloir

4 - 5 hrs
7.7 km
899 m
899 m
51 °
Just when you think ski season is over, and summer is here, you find a line like this!
Severe
Private