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10 best epic ski and snowboarding experiences

With famed chutes like Corbet’s Couloir, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming sits near the top of many a serious skier's bucket list. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Fullscreen An icon of New Hampshire backcountry skiing,Tuckerman Ravinein MountWashington nestled in the White Mountains doesn’t get the most snow when it comes to backwoods locales. But at an average of 50 feet each year, it boasts enough snow for epic yo-yo loops through its gullies and chutes. A ten-minute helicopter ride out of Nelson, British Columbia, delivers you to Baldface Lodge, home base for three- and four-day all-inclusive, guided snowcat skiing and boarding. With famed chutes like Corbet’s Couloir, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming sits near the top of many a serious skier's bucket list. Skiers and riders who hit Japan’s famed island of Hokkaido typically plant themselves at the resorts around Niseko, which is why the daring skiers and riders branch out to skin up and ski down Mount Yotei. At 6,227 feet, this volcano is the highest peak in the region, proffering the most vertical feet on the island. Only the most experienced backcountry explorers need apply. Looming like a silent dare at the top of Squaw Valley’s famed KT-22 Mountain, this singular run traverses an extreme 120 vertical feet on a 68-degree pitch, one of the steepest in the country. Once called Eagles’ Nest, it was renamed in 2009 in honor of Squaw legend and extreme skier Shayne McConkey, and it remains just as formidable as it did when the resort first opened. Heli-skiing offers easy access to unlimited terrain and a quintessential James Bond experience, unless you get stuck in base camp waiting for the weather to turn so that the birds can fly. Thankfully Nelson, British Columbia-based Snowwater has you covered. Their HQ, nestled in the snow-choked Selkirk Mountains, provides plush lodging, amazing food and two guest copters. As its ominous name evokes, La Grave isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s positioned on a steep hillside facing the glacier-encrusted slopes of La Meije, with a pitch that exceeds 50 degrees for more than 3,000 feet. Only one “run” is marked. The rest is an expert’s humbling, off-piste playground. This one-of-a-kind resort near Durango, Colorado, offers access to more than 1,800 skiable acres — plus another 22,000 acres of hike-in terrain — all of it accessible by a single lift. The terrain is 100 percent expert-only: All skiers are required to have an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. Better still? With more than 400 inches annually, the snow never quits. More than 62 huts dot the expansive landscape of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, offering countless options for DIY backcountry skiers and riders to connect the dots to as many huts as one’s itinerary allows. Cross high-mountain passes, polish up your mountaineering skills, ski unfettered lines and then appreciate the plush, heated confines of your perfectly rustic accommodations each night. Cross the Drake Passage, camp on the snow-covered, glaciated Wiencke Island and spend each day exploring new lines in the astounding, unforgiving terrain of Antarctica. Last SlideNext Slide

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10 best epic ski and snowboarding experiences

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