Opinion The Greatest Ski Run On Earth

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  1. Undies

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    Which run do you think it is? Some will say Bourke St, some will say it’s the run you first have to hike.

    For me, I fell in love when I saw a photo at age 14, and when I got to ski it years later it not only lived up to the hype, but blew it away. It is the one, the only, Vallee Blanche:

     
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    Bought this really good book a while ago, it has all the greats including VB.
    Only Australian entry is Mary’s Slide.
     
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  3. Heinz

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    VB is certainly a total experience - top to bottom. More than just a ski run.
     
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    Occasionally VB throws up days like this:

     
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    Skiing down into Zermatt at the end of a Haute Route trip and 3 climbs from Vignette hut and seeing west face of the Matterhorn is pretty special.
     
  6. Heinz

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    and similarly although less famous the run from top of Ebnefluh (3962m) down to the Lötschental to Fafleralp (1700) was very special.
     
  7. CarveMan

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    Especially when the top bit is perfect powder and it transitions to perfect corn as you go past the Matterhorn.
     
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    I'm not as well traveled as others so my experience is a little more limited, but for me its the Sella Ronda.......just for the scenery and atmosphere of the dolomites.
     
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  12. LMB

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    Wow wow wow wow!!
     
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    I shouldn't be posting it because I haven't done it but:
     
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    Here’s @climberman in a similar spot:

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    And here’s a similar pic of yours truly:

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  17. LMB

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    I reckon that’d just be survival, not a lot of joy except being able to claim you did it. One of our guides in Chile skied Everest (obviously not top to bottom, I think he said camp 4 to camp 2?) - survival skiing. Don’t fall, don’t die, don’t set off a slide.

    Speaking of Chile, the majesty of The Andes would be my #1. Some epic lines that trip.



     
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    Nothing like a bit of back-country to get away from all those annoying crowds!
     
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    Given this is taken at the top of a ski lift I think backcountry isn’t quite the right word. Off piste for sure.
     
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  20. Belly

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    Little Buller Spur
     
  21. Inclder

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    From those that have done VB - how scary are the steps at the top?
     
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    Steps ?

    It's got wire handrails

    I find icy ladders sketchier
     
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  23. CarveMan

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    It's completely safe, every nice day a couple of thousand people go down it, and there are very few if any fatalities. But you've got 3 km of fresh air off to your left so if you don't like heights then it's a bit to cope with.
     
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  24. Inclder

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    good to know!
     
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    Killer day.
     
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    I won't be so bold to suggest it's the best, but Friday Flat would have to be up there!
     
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    This backyard in Angler's Reach with 10cm of fresh on a 0cm base. Yeeeeeeew!

     
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    I should amend my initial post, it's completely safe if you are doing it with a qualified mountain guide in suitable conditions, who will definitely put you in a harness and on a rope, and may also put crampons on your boots.

    If joe punter rode the cable car and just tried to walk down the outcome could be a little different.
     
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    and if he somehow managed to survive that, that would only be the start. Then it is negotiating the crevasses...
     
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    Mmmm. Currently no ropeline according to a buddy of mine who recently took this pic.
     
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    Shit.
    Better have your ice axe in your hand then!
     
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    First time I did it was un-equipped. We were on the RHS of the ridge but Jerome was walking on the LHS so if one of us fell, he would jump the other way to counterbalance! :eek:
     
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  33. Arne

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    My first day skiing in Cham. What an introduction...
     
  34. piolet

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    Yep not yet equipped.
    Better that way imo. Less people and shitty icey steps.
     
  35. Inclder

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    Seems to mainly skiers on the VB, can it be boarded or too many traverses?
     
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    I’ve got it on Kindle - amazing photos!
     
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    This run was my most memorable...
     
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    Well yes, early season it's just a bit of frozen crud, high season it's a highway, albeit, single file no overtaking lane
     
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    Where's the cucumbers?
     
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    I rate the Val Bever as awesome but that's the thing, is this an on resort or off resort listing.

    The run to the dam in Verbier, maybe backside of Mont Fort, a bit of Grand Tetons, a sniff of Big Sky, a little Toots, some Devils Causeway, a smidge of Kita, maybe even Leather Barrel in the corn

    happy skiing
    happy life
     
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    Its a pissing contest no?
     
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    Heavy for mr Cucumber man.
    The best run is Blue Calf Tbar thru the trees
     
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    Might have had too many...
     
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    If one is going to spam a thread, let it be the right thread.... Lol
     
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    The photo that just keeps giving more and more:D
     
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    Objective subjective scorn is way over rated. Everything mentioned is "mainstream" skied by many.
     
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    Some may see it as a pissing contest I suppose. Not me. I love seeing the wonderful places people have been, it ignites dreams to get my own butt to some of them. I see it as sharing a common passion.

    But an individuals GOAT will be whatever it is for them. There was a time that Gareth’s “Friday Flat” would’ve been mine LOL
     
  48. piolet

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    There's just not that many snowboarders in Europe.
    Although I did the VB with 2 of em and it's fine just maybe occasional judicious planning for glide?
     
  49. Heinz

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    Then of course there is this.
    Not one I have done needless to say (at least not in those conditions - just skied bits of it in spring conditions).
     
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    Back when I did it snowboarding wasn't even a thing. No reason why they can't do it though. Mostly it is matter of skiing a controlled line through the crevasses. A bit of traversing sure, but for the most part especially on the tourist route it is a cruisy downhill run.
     
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