15 of the Best Ski and Snowboard Resorts for Off-Piste

The best backcountry from the Alps, North America and beyond!


Sochi is the Russian resort in the news at the moment but if it’s powder you’re after then head a few timezones to the east and hit up Kamchatka. Somewhat more remote and back to basics than Stalin’s favourite holiday destination, if you want adventure and boundless piste than Kamchatka is the place for you.

It sits on an island formed by a dormant volcano and is a mecca for backcountry explorers. You’re going to need a helicopter to truly see the most of the peninsula, but since we’re out of the Alps they’re significantly cheaper to hire.

Kamchatka is different to the rest of the destinations on this list in that it caters almost exclusively for backcountry enthusiasts. Once you’ve arrived at the peak of a massive volcano you won’t find any comfortable red runs or over-price apres ski, just awesome views and glorious powder. It’s up to you to find your own way down – with the help of a guide of course. The most popular destinations are the Viluchinskiy and Mutnovskiy volcanos but you can’t really go wrong.

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