Although terrifying, every true skier needs to try at least one of these ski runs before they die. What better way to test your skills then sliding down a narrow mountain with extremely high winds, slick turns and ice patches?
Okay, I know the wind and ice can’t be controlled. But, your skills will definitely be put to the test on these tough mountain slopes. Slide around the rocks, avoid the deadly cliffs, balance yourself on the bumps and survive the deadly free falls.
According to CHALAT LAW, “annually, in the United States, there are an average of 34 skier deaths; additionally, there are an average of 39 serious, non-fatal injuries, such as paraplegia, or severe head trauma.”
For the average person, skiing requires you to be mentally, physically and emotionally fit. You must have great balance and coordination. For the expert skier, you must have all of the above skills mastered!
Below are some of the world’s most famous competition venues. That’s right; you can actually ski where the World Cup alpine downhill ski race takes place! Or how about heading to Utah and skiing at Silverfox where they host the Freeride World Tour?
1. Corbet’s Couloir
Location: Jackson Hole Mountain, Wyoming
Ski down Corbet’s Couloir but make sure to avoid the rocks! According to Forbes, “the run is named for Barry Corbet, a mountaineer who in 1960 spotted a narrow crease of snow shaped like an upside-down funnel, high up on the mountain now known as Jackson Hole. Said he: ‘Someday someone will ski that." Eventually, somebody did. They entered the free fall and dropped onto the 55-degree slope. For those of you unwilling to attempt Corbet’s Couloir, there is an area for you to stand and watch the risk takers.
Location: Mayrhofen, Austria
Harakiri is a terrifying ski run; it is the world’s steepest groomed slope. Prepare yourself because Harakiri stands vertical at 78%. Luckily for skiers it is a short run, but that doesn’t mean it is easy! Harakiri is extremely icy and takes a lot of innocent lives. *Fact, Harikiri is named after the Japanese term for suicide.
3. Christmas Chute
Location: Alyeska Resort
Alyeska Resort is the biggest ski resort in Alaska. Ready to go? Take chair 6 to the highest point of the mountain. Once you’re off the lift, off you go, down a really narrow, icy, nerve-wracking slope. The Christmas Chute has a 45-degree drop surrounded by rocks walls on both sides of you. That being said, only attempt if you are an advanced skier.
4. Delirium Dive
Location: Sunshine Village, Canada
Be very careful on this slope… Delirium is avalanche-prone! The Sunshine Village takes extreme safety precaution because it is so dangerous. Just in case skiers need to be rescued they are hooked up with a radio transponder. So, ski at your own risk, slide down its horizontal rock band, and be careful of the multiple cliffs and rocks.