Are you pining for an adrenaline-pumping descent? Look no further than the French Alps, where you’ll find ski runs of all difficulties and severities that’ll satisfy your inner thrill-seeker. From the top of the mountains to the snowy towns below, there’s nothing quite like the rush of a black-tier ski run.
For the most daring, we’ve compiled a list of the top five most extreme ski runs in the French Alps. Those less accustomed to the skis may want to stay at the hotel for these ones, or brush up on their skills back home before the big trip.
La Pas de Chavanette, Portes du Soleil, Avoriaz
Having been dubbed the ‘Swiss Wall’, this particularly steep descent rests along the Swiss-French border above Avoriaz and will see you rushing toward the town of Les Crosets. A particularly notorious run, you’ll often find the Swiss Wall at the top of many people’s lists as one of the most difficult and intimidating descents around.
It’s 1km long and drops 400 metres, with the top of the slope having an incline of 76%. Expect very large moguls and an intimidating start, with 50m of narrow 40-degree pass.
This is an especially tough run under icy conditions, which can be particularly common, so be very cautious during your trip and only attempt if you’re a seasoned skier!