Lucy Pierce asks our team of ski experts’ opinion on the best ski runs in the Alps. It transpires we’re all extremely in favour of long, scenic and cruisy runs with rollers and a chance of powder – in France.
Starting at the ridge between Méribel-Mottaret and St. Martin, this wide red run tends to be quite empty, so you can pick up some speed and cruise over the fun, natural rollers. Slowing before the corner at the end, you can continue down the Biolley run, which is a blue piste leading into St. Martin at the bottom of the valley. After a good snowfall, there is also fantastic powder either side of the run, without veering too far off the piste.
This 24km off-piste run is a route down the glacier from the Aiguille du Midi at 3,842m and with a vertical of 2,700m. The views of the Mont Blanc massif are spectacular; pause at the Requin Hut en route for lunch or a drink with a sweeping vista. The area is best explored with a local guide as there are several variations, some with steeper, more difficult terrain. When there is good snow cover you can ski back into Chamonix, otherwise the route ends in ice caves and you can get the funicular back in to town, which drops you at the Chamonix microbrewery.
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Skiing between the snow-covered fir trees, it’s a great first run of the day, especially after a snowfall. Take the La Tania bubble to the top of the ski area, then ski past the Dou des Lanches lift to this rolling blue run. The first section is quite steep on the left-hand side but then evens out, with a wide, winding path through the trees. There are often small natural jumps on the left-hand side that are good fun, and those searching for powder can weave through the trees. The slope then filters into a nursery slope in the centre of resort.
Take the funicular from Tignes Val Claret to the Grand Motte glacier; the snow conditions are reliable, and you have a variety of slopes, including Génépy. On a clear day, the views are spectacular as you ski down into Val Claret. The winding piste has natural rollers and is great fun with some speed. If you peel off halfway down you can also tackle the Fridge, an off-piste run that joins the Prariond run into Val Claret. To lengthen the run, you can take the cable car up to the top of Grand Motte and ski the red Glacier run first.
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