Sunday, February 19, 2017

World’s scariest ski slopes

Icy crevasses, monster moguls, soaring cliffs, and avalanche risks: for some skiers, these are
all part of the fun.

Most of these fabled trails (compiled on our list, along with vertiginous video segments) are ungroomed, adding a layer of unpredictability to already super-difficult terrain. And a few aren’t even trails at all—just insanely high, reelingly pitched off-piste swaths where avalanches are almost as common as wipeouts. You want scary? Click through at your own risk.

Delirium Dive, Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada

The Ride: The topography of this off-piste free-ride zone (it starts with a horizontal rock band that funnels into a tight channel) paired with its ludicrous pitch (much of it around 50 degrees) makes it extremely avalanche-prone. So much so, in fact, that only skiers outfitted with a radio transponder (which, of course, helps rescuers find you in an avalanche) are allowed through a special gate that accesses it.

Insider Trivia: Those hell-bent on conquering the Dive can sign up for Sunshine Village’s “Delirium Sunday” ski-school program.