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Holidays & Travel: Off piste & touring

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
Me and my family are looking to break through the intermediate plateau and develop our off piste skills, could you recommend a couple of resorts that would be perfect for this?

You will certainly want to head to a resort with a good snow record and also one that perhaps doesn’t have a “hardcore” off piste reputation. This should help ensure the powder is tracked out less readily and that you are not competing with hoards of seasonnaires with enormous powder skis for those fresh lines.

Lech and Zurs in the Austrian Vorarlberg should be right at the top of your list. Not only do these resorts have one of the best snow records in the Alps, but the ski area is relatively gentle and the off piste is readily accessible for relative novices. Both cater for families extremely well too which is a big bonus.

If you prefer France then Flaine in the Grand Massif region is perhaps your best bet. Sitting high in a relatively gentle bowl and blessed with over 6m of snowfall each winter, Flaine is a great destination for those looking to explore off piste for the first time. With slopes facing all aspects and some excellent tree-skiing, mostly on a blue/red gradient, the likelihood of finding fresh tracks is high.

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