For experienced skiers seeking the next big challenge, finding a ski resort guaranteed to have freshly fallen snow is certainly key. Here’s our guide to the best ski resorts for powder to help you choose your next ski destination. Whether you are a keen skier or snowboarders, we have recommendations for some of the best powder skiing in the world.
The vast Canadian ski resort of Revelstoke encompasses around 3,000 acres of ski terrain, including the longest skiable vertical descent in North America. The ski resort enjoys an average snowfall of 9-14 metres of powder each season. The resort includes 65 runs, two alpine bowls and 3,121 acres of fall-line skiing. Revelstoke is the global capital of heli-skiing, with both single and multi-day packages on offer. Experienced skiers will get the most out of the resort, with 45% of runs classed as intermediate and 47% advanced. Beginners can master the basics in the learning areas, as well as trying the Last Spike’s wide and gentle gradients.
Jasper is one of the best powder ski resorts. Located within Jasper National Park – part of the Canadian Rockies and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Jasper has the highest elevation in Canada, and as a result, enjoys an average snowfall of four metres each year. Marmot Basin covers 1,675 acres and has a 914-metre vertical drop, with 86 runs to suit skiers of all abilities. Marmot Basin’s extensive lift network includes the high-speed Canadian Rockies Express Quad Chair, which whisks visitors to an altitude of 596 metres in under eight minutes. Take a tour of the Columbia Icefield for views of the glacial landscape in the largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains.
Set at a top altitude of 3,456 metres in the French Northern Alps, Tignes is one of the best ski resorts for powder, with a season that lasts most of the year. Tignes is particularly good for fresh powder, especially near the Chardonnet and Palafour lifts in Le Lac. You’ll also find excellent powder on the challenging couloirs around Le Grande and Petite Balmes, suitable for experienced skiers. Four nursery slopes cater to beginners, and there are plenty of gentle green and blue runs in the area. Altogether, Tignes has 300km of ski runs suitable for all levels and, of course, La Grande Motte glacier, with even more to discover in the wider Espace Killy area.
One of France’s oldest ski resorts, Chamonix nestles in the shadow of the formidable Mont Blanc. There’s challenging off-piste terrain to test even experienced skiers, particularly in the Grands Montets glacier area. In fact, 90% of the skiing area is above 2,000 metres, so a long season is guaranteed. Intermediate skiers are well suited to the ski terrain at Le Brévent and La Flégère. Chamonix is also home to the spectacular Vallée Blanche off-piste descent, accessed via the Aiguille du Midi cable car.
Panorama has one of North America’s biggest verticals at 1,300m. Due to its location in British Columbia, Panorama is snow-sure and has some epic terrain for off-piste powder days. Take the Summit Quad chairlift to the top of the mountain and try the Extreme Dream Zone, Sun Bowl and Taynton Bowl. Formerly heli-ski terrain, Taynton Bowl is now within the ski area and avalanche patrolled.
Panorama ski holidays are some of the most exhilarating alpine adventures in the world. Served by several heli-ski operators, Panorama mountain resort has developed a reputation for offering great heli skiing experiences for a range of abilities. Find out more about Panorama heli skiing here.
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