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  • Off piste powder skiing in Europe


    It’s easy to think that heli skiing only exist  in Canada and Alaska that’s the only place to get some great powder. Well let’s not forget about some of the best lift accessible powder here in Europe.

    The team at Pure  Powder have put together a small article about some of their best powder spots from around Europe.

    We hope this gets you in the mood for next season!! Better start waxing those skies.

    Name: David Brooksbank

    Favourite off piste: Back bowls of Triftji

    Location: Zermatt

    Here you will find an infinite variety of North facing slopes available, where you can find untracked snow from top to bottom even several days after a snowfall. To top this off, there is over 1000 vertical metres from the top of the Trftji T bar to the Gant cable car station.

    Tips: Don’t forget to stop to take in the sensational scenery.

    Name: Charlie Brooksbank

    Favourite off piste: Banane couloir

    Location: La Grave

    One of the last wilderness skiing areas of Europe, Banane coulouir sits in the shadow if the 4,000 metre Meje peak which dominates the La Grave panoramic, and is nestled between a series of steep couloirs in an area called Chancel. Sometimes it’s good to get the heart beating just that little bit harder and this is one of those runs that does just that. Shaped like a banana this couloir offers up steep, narrow skiing where you need to be right on your mettle. It’s not quite your free-flowing deep powder run, but I love it all the same!
    Tips: This run requires good controlled technique… Be sure to bring your A-game.

    Name: Suzy Small

    Favourite off piste: The Direttissima

    Location: Klosters

    This off piste run is reached from the back of the black run, Weissfluhgipfel. When conditions are good, don’t let your nerves put you off as it makes for excellent skiing (guide necessary of course!) With views of Arosa in the distance, you will ski down through an old ghost village with remnants of ski lifts used years ago. You then have 1 ½ hours of skinning up to Drimachenspitz whilst you take in the views and the peace and quiet. You can then ski down to Kublis – through endless expanse of powdery meadows all to yourself – before hopping on the train back to Klosters
    Tips: Touring bindings and skins needed.

    Name: Rebecca Robinson

    Favourite off piste: Valle Blanche

    Location: Chamonix

    The most challenging part of this run happens before you’ve even put your skis on. The infamous arête from the Aiguille du Mid cable car might make your legs wobble a bit but don’t let that put you off. Your reward? A descent over 2,000 vertical metres long. If you are up for a more challenging route than the classic path down, where you will find most of the punters will take their leave, you could try the Grand Envers du Plan, which is much more steep and, in my opinion, a more scenic route. With breath-taking views of Mont Blanc, it’s one not to be missed.

    Tips: Best skied mid-week to avoid the crowds as it’s a favourite for weekend excursions.

    We would like to thank the heli skiing and off piste skiing team at Pure Powder.



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