Two of life’s greatest pleasures are road trips and snow trips. Whether you slide sideways on a snowboard, or prefer a pair of planks to get down the hill, ski towns are invariably set in beautiful, scenic locations, and at the end of long, winding climbs – the stuff of dreams for a road trip.
So, why not combine the two things? The heady combination of freedom and adventure that life on the road affords you, bookended by sessions on the snow? Perfection.
1) Chamonix – Davos – St Anton
After a few days taking on the spectacularly daunting terrain around Chamonix, hit the road and head east for Martigny and the long drive across Switzerland to Davos (there’s the option of nipping up to Verbier along the way too).
Rub shoulders with overpaid bankers whilst taking the lift up to Davos’ extensive ‘itinerary’ terrain, or pop over into linked Klosters to hang out with British royalty; when you get bored with Prince Charles, hit the road again for the relatively short haul north-east to St. Anton and some of the finest off-piste in the world.
2) Fernie – Kimberley – Panorama – Kicking Horse
The legendary Powder Highway doesn’t get its name for nothing. Starting with Fernie’s bowls of fluff (and the option of cat skiing at Island Lake Lodge, which is next door), you can then head west to Kimberley, which is a slightly bizarre ski town – Bavaria/Olde England meets the Canadian Rockies – before driving north up Highway 95 to Panorama, which boasts some of the biggest vert in North America along with some tidy freeriding.
The scenery is never less than grand as you continue north to Kicking Horse and some of the steepest and most challenging terrain in BC.