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.
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.