Explore the longest ski runs in the worldOne of the most appealing aspects of skiing and snowboarding is the freedom and exhilaration as you skim at speed over the crisp, white surface. Whether you’re racing off piste as an expert skier or down the nursery slopes as a beginner, that feeling of adrenaline and excitement as you begin to pick up speed is what keeps people coming back for more.
Of course, to facilitate this, you need a ski run and to experience the rush for longer, you need a lengthy ski run. So whether you are looking for skiing or snowboarding holidays where the emphasis is on taking the board downhill, rather than sitting in the ski lift on the way up, you may want to consider exploring some of the longest ski runs in the world outlined below.
1. Vallee Blanche in Chamonix, France
Although the location of the longest run in the world is still debated by some, there are many who feel the incredible 22 km Vallee Blanche run at Chamonix is a clear winner. Best of all, the 13.7 miles of pristine run falls from the summit at Aiguille du Midi a vertical distance of 2,807 m (9,209 feet), during its length and the entire run is served by the world’s highest ski lift. You too could be trying out this world-beating run with many late ski deals still available to this fabulous, family-friendly resort in the shadow of the imperious Mont Blanc.
2. Kleine Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland
The actual length of this run, from the Kleine Matterhorn to the beautiful Swiss town of Zermatt, is in dispute; some sites state it is 13 km of pristine snow-laced skiing, others claim it’s as much as 22 km. But whatever the length, booking one of the many ski chalets available and heading up onto this particular piste is a defining moment for any skier. In addition, the region is well suited to advanced skiers, particularly those who enjoy the challenging Trifti, a magnificent mogul slope. Intermediate skiers can also enjoy the 14 km run from the Plateau Rosa.
3. Sarenne in Alpe d’Huez, France
If you’re heading off with family in tow and want to experience one of the world’s great ski runs then Alpe d’Huez in France is the perfect destination. The resort is hugely popular with snowboarders and has a host of hotels and chalets available to suit all circumstances and budgets. Among the myriad of high quality slopes available is the magnificent Sarenne run, a black piste which offers some of the best natural skiing in the world. Once again, the length of the run is disputed, with some sites claiming the length as 19 km and 16 km, but what is not in question is the quality of the resort, or the brilliance of the run itself.
4. Killington, Vermont, United States
A popular resort on the east coast of America boasts an outstanding range of facilities for skiers of all abilities and is also home to one of America’s greatest ski runs, aptly nicknamed ‘the juggernaut’. The run is not the most accessible to get to, but the resulting exhilaration on your 10 mile trip to the bottom makes it all the more worthwhile. With plenty of other ski runs available for all abilities, Killington is a great place to develop your skills as a skier or snowboarder.
5. Sella Ronda, Dolomites, Italy
The Sella Ronda is a series of runs that expands into a day’s worth of skiing in the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Dolomites. Base yourself at Selva Val Gardena to experience the thrill of the 26 km Sella Ronda circuit, as well as a wide variety of other attractions nearby. The beautiful Austrian architecture is beguiling and the resort is the perfect choice for experts, beginners and intermediate skiers alike.