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post #1 of 12
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Hi guys,

I would like to arrange my christmas holiday earlier than usual. So I'm asking for un great ski station where I can have fun (day and night), as well as opportunities to head out for some marked off-piste descents in little known areas. I'm pretty good at freeriding but I don't have a specialist level, so I'm searching for a skiable domain with the ability to ski between ski slopes, maybe across a broach (any areas without marks on the snow).  If there is also the opportunity to do some freeride session with a skiing instructor who is knowing the mountain like the back of is hand, that would be great. In which ski station sould I go if I want all of this options characteristics? Thanks for your answer.

Nath    

post #2 of 12

Christmas is a terrible time for this. There just isn't any ski area or zone in the Northern Hemisphere where you can expect good off piste skiing in December, it might be available, but guessing where that will be 7 months out??? It's a recipe for disappointment. 

post #3 of 12

Hugely hit or miss (largely miss) in N.America that time of year for anything/place without snow making i.e., piste skiing. 

post #4 of 12
Maybe he's not asking about North America? This is in International.
post #5 of 12

The question smacks to me of google translate but username doesn't really stack up.  Answer is no guarantees but you could try Val Thorens, Tignes in France - if they don't have coverage western alps are likely to be pretty bad.  But they aren't little known areas.  The little known areas are generally local ski hills that don't get much tourist traffic at all and accordingly don't have the same size/iinfrastructure or length of season.

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Maybe he's not asking about North America? This is in International.

Maybe for the poster, N.A. Is 'international'. smile.gif
post #7 of 12
I'm a bit unsure what he means by "marked off piste descents". Inbounds but ungroomed like we have in the US? To me, "freeride" is always nebulous. Sounds like Chugach stuff, but that's certainly not inbounds or marked. Also, what's this "specialist level" thing? Seems if you're looking for freeride spine descents, you're beyond the skill level of someone who worries about their level.

So... Maybe this is just regular off piste runs inbounds? (What is a "broach" other than the nice cameo pin my mother gave me? A crevasse maybe?) If that's the case, then maybe what he wants IS in North America, he's just not really familiar with the weather patterns here...

OP, sometimes when you use a translation app, it's best to post the original language version as well, in hopes that someone can read that.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nate29 View Post
 

 I'm searching for a skiable domain with the ability to ski between ski slopes, maybe across a broach (any areas without marks on the snow).

He is looking to ski untracked zones in between groomed, marked, runs ie 'pistes'. He wants mid-winter ski conditions and mid-winter open terrain at Christmas time... and he wants to make reservations now. Not a good idea.  

 

He probably has the ability to fit a ski trip in at this time (Christmas), so he wants to get some great skiing in. The problem is, nature doesn't work that way. It is way too early to expect good snow coverage from anywhere. There is a good chance that there might be great coverage somewhere like-

 

Interior BC- 

Whitewater or Red Mountain sometimes gets reliable snow early

 

Colorado-

Places like Wolf Creek sometimes get good early snow

 

Europe-

The Alps or Dolomites sometimes get meters of snow early... sometimes they don't get any.

 

Japan? @markojp ???

 

It's impossible to guess where the snow will fall that early in the season. 


Edited by Whiteroom - 6/15/15 at 9:01am
post #9 of 12
Are we assuming that if he doesn't have a "specialist level" he's looking for intermediate/blue slopes that are ungroomed?
post #10 of 12

I wouldn't read too much into the 'specialist level' I think we can assume he is an adventurous 'advanced' level skier who will give N. American Diamond and Double Diamond runs a go.

post #11 of 12

I think specialist just means expert here and he's looking for stuff like classic European bowl skiing where there is plenty of opportunity to dabble near piste relatively safety (but for completeness plenty of opportunity to get badly terrained  out or risky avy exposure also within easy reach.  Of course Xmas being Xmas in Europe you roll the dice on whether % openings are really driven by snow cannons rather than natural off piste coverage.

post #12 of 12
Japan... I've skied Niseko in fabulous condtions (though not half the Feb snowfall total) at Christmas time. Fortunately it isn't particularly rocky below the snow surface off piste, but there can still be sasa (a bamboo variety) still sticking out. The main island is ok on piste, but generally not so much off... Again, it depends on the year. Sounds like the OP is talking about Europe.
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