If all the fresh November snow has got you itching to tackle the off piste this season, then look no further than this guide to our top 5 resorts for powder.

All of the off piste routes mentioned here are lift-served and within the confines of resort areas, but even so we always recommend hiring a guide or instructor to stay safe on the mountain – but also to show you all of those hidden spots. Of course ensure that you are properly clued up on the latest avalanche conditions, heed local warnings and carry the right equipment – a transceiver, shovel and probe as a minimum.

Verbier (Switzerland)

Home to some of the most iconic off piste runs in the world, Verbier is a big hitter when it comes to powder. Right at the heart of the resort is Mont Gelé, a spiny peak home to 360 degrees of steep off piste runs – but make sure you head up early as the cable car is only small and queues build fast. One of the runs drops down to the hub of Verbier’s off piste, Tortin, where runs also come down from Gentianes and Chassoure, which after a few days become some of the best bumps runs anywhere in the world. Other fantastic marked routes include the steep and windy Vallon d’Arbi and the Col des Mines back into town. All of these routes lie above the treeline, so on a snowy day tackle the steep Vallon d’Arbi through the trees to La Tzoumaz or head across to Bruson opposite Verbier.

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Chamonix (France)

The French off piste capital of Chamonix is home to some of the world’s most legendary routes – including of course the Vallée Blanche. This must be tackled by a guide but is well worth ticking off in good snow and towards the second half of the season when the crevasses have been well buried. Of the other resort areas, the Grands Montets sector above Argentiere has the most to offer, with the likes of the Pylones and Point de Vue routes giving long descents and spectacular views. However the top cable car is prone to both queues and bad weather, so do not discount the Brévent and Flegere area, where the is also some fantastic (and often less tracked) off piste.

Ski Club Freshtracks have recently secured a chalet in Chamonix for the entire season, making the off piste more accessible than ever and the Ski Club is once again running its Instructor Led Guiding service out of Argentiere this season.

Gressoney (Italy)

Situated at the heart of the Monterosa ski area, Gressoney is not only a stunningly beautiful village, but it boasts arguably Italy’s best off piste. Although there are few marked itineraries like in Verbier or Chamonix, a huge variety of lift-served off piste can be found. To get the very best out of the area hire a guide, but the likes of Punta Indren and Passo Salati above Alagna and the Colle Betteforca above Champoluc offer some great off piste turns. All of these runs are regularly topped up by the abundant snowfall that the Monterosa Massif brings to the region – making it one of Italy’s snowiest locations.

St Anton (Austria)

Another classic, big-name resort that is famed for its off piste – St Anton is set to get even better for 2016/17. The new Flexenbahn links St Anton to neighbouring Lech, Zürs and Warth-Schröcken, creating Austria’s largest linked ski area in its snowiest region. As a result the off piste opportunities have almost doubled and the famous runs below Trittkopf, down to Zug from Madloch Joch and in the super-snowy Warth bowl are now included in the St Anton lift pass area. This adds to St Anton’s already world-class off piste, which focuses on the mythical Valluga Mountain and the north-facing routes above Stuben.

Jackson Hole (USA, Wyoming)

One of the USA’s wildest ski mountains, a quick look at the Jackson Hole piste map and it is clear to see why skiers and boarders flock here for the off piste. Wide open bowls, hike in gullies and ungroomed blacks cover the piste map – and with average snowfall of over 10m a year you’d be unlucky to not find fresh powder during the winter. Of course there is the iconic Corbet’s Colouir, but there is also the hike-in Crags and Cody Bowl which offer lots of steep and deep terrain. There are also some slightly more mellow options dotted across the mountain so Jackson really is the perfect hill to take your off piste to the next level.

Members can make the most of their time in Jackson Hole by skiing with the Ski Club Leaders in resort between January 14th and March 17th.