World's best 100 ski runs?!

World's best 100 ski runs?!

Following the publication by CNN of the “world’s best 100 ski runs” many were questioning the ranking and wondering about its criteria. According to CNN, some world’s top skiers, snowboarders and winter sports journalists (all from the United State and the United Kingdom) were asked to name their favorite ski run, helping the journalists come up with this list of some of the most exhilarating ski runs. Difficulty evaluations for each run were provided by the respective resorts and reflect a mix of rating systems.

While the resorts of Europe and North America understandably dominated the list, the novelty factor of skiing in some of the world’s lesser known ski destinations resulted in a few less predictable recommendations.

According to this ranking, the United States have 27 ski runs in the top 100, while France has 20, Canada 15, Italy 9 and Switzerland 7. However, ski countries like Austria only has 4 runs in top 100, while Japan has 3, Chile 3, New Zealand 2, Argentina 1, Germany 1 and above all Norway and Sweden with 1 run each… the ranking was surprising to most people interviewed (in 17 countries) by an opinion survey we organized following the publication.

Another surprise from the ranking is to see TiffindellSouth Africa in the top 20 of the World’s best ski runs. BornSkier published one of its first articles on “Skiing in Africa” but in full honesty, did not find a World’s top 20 most exhilarating ski run there.

Still in the ranking was Israel, India, Morocco and Scotland with 1 run each in the World’s top 100 ski runs.

Let us know what do you readers think?

100.  Saulire, Three Valleys, France
99.    Valluga, St. Anton, Austria
98.    The Cliff, Big White, British Columbia, Canada
97.    McConkey’s, Squaw Valley, California, USA
96.    Motatapu Chutes, Treble Cone, New Zealand
95.    Chute 75, Squaw Valley, California, USA
94.    Hourglass Chute, Alta, Utah, USA
93.    Hidden Valley, Cortina, Italy
92.    No. 3, Mount Hermon Ski Resort, Israel
91.    The Back Corries, Nevis Range, Scotland, UK
90.    Burnt Stew Trail, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
89.    Straight Shot, Powder Mountain, Utah, USA
88.    Scarlett’s, Aspen Highlands, Colorado, USA
87.    West Cirque, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
86.    Grande Combe, Jebel Attar, Oukaimeden, Morocco
85.    Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, Zermatt, Switzerland
84.    Vallon d’Arby, Verbier, Switzerland
83.    Olympiabakken course, Kvitfjell, Norway
82.    Bräma schwer, Jakobshorn-Teufi, Davos, Switzerland
81.    Kill the Banker, Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada
80.    Saslong, Val Gardena, Italy
79.    Ross Gold, Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
78.    Piste 38, Kitzbühel, Austria
77.    Combe du Vallon, Meribel, France
76.    Whispering Jesse, Snowmass, Colorado, USA
75.    Hugh’s Heaven, Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
74.    Forcella Rossa, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
73.    The Cut, Grouse Mountain, British Columbia, Canada
72.    Crystal Ridge, Diamond Peak, California, USA
71.    So Long, Alta, Utah, USA
70.    The Bite, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
69.    Canalone Miramonti, Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
68.    Misoshiru, Niseko, Japan
67.    North Face, Alyeska, Alaska, USA
66.    Aguille Rouge, Les Arcs, France
65.    Couloir Croix des Verdons, Courchevel, France
64.    Jerusalem, Méribel, France
63.    Eclipse/Luna, Valle Nevado, Chile
62.    The Swiss Wall, Avoriaz, France
61.    Holiday, Niseko, Japan
60.    L’Aigle Noir, Morzine, France
59.    Tortin, Verbier, Switzerland
58.    Lauberhorn, Wengen, Switzerland
57.    Grand Paradis, Avoriaz, France
56.    Bear Run, Fernie, British Columbia, Canada
55.    Grizzly Gully, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
54.    Outer Limits, Killington, Vermont, USA
53.    Meribel World Cup Downhill, Meribel, France
52.    Roca Jack, Portillo, Chile
51.    La Face, Val d’Isere, France
50.    Cascades, Flaine, France
49.    Sarenne, Alpe d’Huez, France
48.    Alta Zero, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
47.    Sella Ronda, Dolomites, Italy
46.    No 60, Curnius, Laax, Switzerland
45.    Paradise, Mad River Glen, Vermont, USA
44.    Grand Couloir, Courchevel, France
43.    Rambo, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA
42.    Ridge Runner, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
41.    The Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel, Austria
40.    Casserousse, Chamrousse, France
39.    Bernadein, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
38.    Hobacks, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
37.    Four o’clock, Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
36.    Hemlocks, Mammoth, California, USA
35.    Zig Zag, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
34.    Ciampac, Canazei, Italy
33.    Cosmiques Couloir, Chamonix, France
32.    Keyhole, Snowbird, Utah, USA
31.    Sache, Tignes, France
30.    Barry Barry Steep, Snowbird, Utah, USA
29.    Gran Pista, Trentino, Italy
28.    Harakiri, Mayrhofen, Austria
27.    Couloirs des Fréaux, La Grave, France
26.    Cornice Bowl, Mammoth, California, USA
25.    Gransangarner, Riksgränsen, Sweden
24.    Stairway to Heaven, Niseko, Japan
23.    Sparks Lane, Mount Bachelor, Oregon, USA
22.    High Boy, Alta, Utah, USA
21.    The Wall, Kirkwood, California, USA
20.    Inspiration, Whitefish, Montana, USA
19.    Either one, Tiffindell, South Africa
18.    Rotegg, Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland
17.    Exchange Drop, Coronet Peak, Otago, New Zealand
16.    Poma slopes, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, India
15.    Delirium Dive, Sunshine Village, Banff, Alberta, Canada
14.    Corbet’s Couloir, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
13.    Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, France
12.    Piste No 6, Parsenn, Switzerland
11.    Blackcomb Glacier, Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada
10.    Olympia, Cortina, Italy
9.      The Palisades, Squaw Valley, California, USA
8.      Cenidor, Marte and Mercurio, Las Leñas, Argentina
7.      Skyward, Whiteface Mountain, New York, USA
6.      Adrenalina, Valle Nevado, Chile
5.      Grand Solliet, Sainte Foy, France
4.      Glen’s, Snowbird, Utah, USA
3.      Ventina, Cervinia, Italy
2.      Dave Murray Downhill, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
1.      The Stash, Avoriaz, France

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