The 5 most dangerous ski-runs in the world
5. Delirium Dive, Sunshine Village-Canada
Delirium Dive can be found on Goat’s eye mountain in one of the three areas of Banff set on the shores of Lake Louise. Banff is incredibly popular with extreme skiers anyway and Delirium Drive has added fear thanks to the ski patrols insistence that you wear an avalanche transceiver and pack a shovel before heading up to the dive. The run itself is a great bowl which doesn’t quite live up to the hype but is very fast and thrilling none the less. It has a choice of exits with a ton of powder and you can get up to some truly terrifying speeds.
4. Grand Couloir, Courchevel-France
This is the widest and easiest of the infamous trio of Courchevel couloirs and the only one currently marked as a run on the piste map. The hardest part lies in the short run from the cable car dock and you have to snow plough across to avoid accidentally hitting the Sous Pylons or Emile Allais two much more demanding descents. The entrance lies between a set of boulders but is not particularly demanding. What makes this such a terror inducing run though is the most intense moguls you will ever have seen. If there’s fresh snow it is not too challenging but if there hasn’t been you can face some of the scariest moguls in the world. After the initial terrifying run of more luck than skill, the piste becomes glorious with wide moguls and a reasonably gentle decent.
3. Corbet’s Couloir, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, US
Corbet’s Couloir is one of the most famous on piste runs that every extreme skier should have tried at least once. The terror comes from the very start of the run where you will have to push past a gaggle of onlookers all glimpsing that first terrifying drop. There are two ways of approaching this couloir. The first is a vertical jump of around 4 metres before a terrifying skid to avoid the imminent rocks. If there’s been a lot of snow, this bit can be ok but otherwise be prepared to be scared. If you choose the other option though, you are faced with a 6 metre vertical jump which is scarier, but doesn’t have the rocks at the bottom. However once you’ve passed this initial terror you’ll be in a long wide and easy 40 degree run.
2. Backside of the Valluga, St Anton, Austria
Truth be told, this isn’t the scariest of runs and definitely not the most technically demanding to make our list. However you are only allowed to attempt the run with a qualified mountain guide as around half way down there is a left hand turn with a staggering 700m sheer drop onto the rocks. The fear factor comes mainly from the cable ride where you will be alongside sightseers and not skiers. The run itself is not demanding and once you get over the initial fear you’re in for a real treat as you cruise gently down to the resort of Zürs.
1. Tortin, Verbier, Switzerland
Tortin’s terror levels entirely depend, as with most of these runs, on the snow cover. If it has been snowing heavily over the season you may not even realise just what sheer terror this run can induce. You access this run from a traverse that pans out onto a wide steep slope. If there is plentiful snow this just makes for a decent steep descent. However if not then you will be facing the scariest moguls on earth. What makes the run even worse is that the moguls themselves just get worse the further you go. If the conditions are icy you can end up sliding for a horrible length of time. The most terrifying slope on earth, and for good reason.