8 of the World’s Most Extreme Ski Destinations

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

For expert skiers who are looking for wild panoramic vistas along with challenging thrills, there are few better places on Earth than Banff. The town itself is located right inside the national park, offering lots to do after a day of play, along with hot springs for soothing sore muscles and historic hotels to get that much-needed rest so you can go back and do it all over again tomorrow. There are three ski areas within a 50-minute drive, and all can be skied using just a single ticket, but Sunshine Village offers the heart-poundingly steep, rugged terrain you’re craving, Delirium Dive in particular. The resort’s off-piste area, skiers can’t even enter without a buddy and avalanche gear. It has 55-degree gradient chutes, hidden rocks and unstable snow that make for an especially exhilarating trip down.

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