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2016 snowiest resorts: Europe, North America and Asia


2016 SNOWIEST RESORTS: EUROPE, NORTH AMERICAN & ASIA

With near-continuous snowfall across the Alps in the last few weeks (and even a dusting on UK soil), everyone’s talking about the white stuff, but where can skiers and snowboarders find only the finest powder? Snow+Rock Social Media Exec and avid skier and snowboarder Daisy Maddinson lists 3 of the snowiest resorts of winter 2016:


Engleberg, Switzerland

Upper Slopes Base: 310cm (122 inches)

 

Lesser-known resort Engelberg is currently winning the battle for the snowiest resort in Europe, posting the biggest snowfall numbers in the Alps. Suffering pre-Christmas much like the rest of Europe, the recent dumping has seen the resort go from strength to strength – with an extensive glacier, it’s bound to stay open late into spring.

Largely catering for advanced skiers (57% of the terrain is claimed as advanced runs), Engelberg offers many challenging descents, even for the most competent riders.

Becoming more well-known for its snow-sure conditions and long season, Engleberg is gaining status as an off-piste powder mecca. Not only famous for difficult powder runs, the resort also hosts a round of the Ski Jumping World Cup.

Niseko, Japan

Snowfall Season to date: 535cm (212 inches)

 

Widely regarded as home to some of the world’s best powder skiing, Niseko is famed for its staggering amounts of snowfall throughout winter. Off to a slower start than usual, Niseko has been making up for lost time, with non-stop snow reported since Christmas.

Comprised of four mountain resorts on Niseko Annupuri, seasonal winds from Eurasia and moisture from the Sea of Japan have resulted in some of the driest, lightest powder imaginable.

Wide open pistes, incredible tree runs through bamboo forests and backcountry and night skiing make Niseko ideal for all types of skiers and snowboarders. For those seeking fresh tracks, hiking trails lead from the highest lifts to the summit, and amazing lines are guaranteed.

Revelstoke, Canada

Snowfall Season to Date:  5.9m (almost 20 feet!)

 

Boasting the most vertical lift-accessed terrain in North America, Revelstoke, British Columbia, continuously delivers some of the continent’s best snow conditions. In comparison to previous years, this season’s snowfall is already topping the charts, with a phenomenal 5.9 meters of the white stuff!

As well as vast volumes of snow, Revelstoke has a huge variety of terrain to tackle and is also the only resort world-wide to offer lift, cat, heli and backcountry skiing from a single village base.

 

 

Wherever you ride this winter, stay safe and have fun!


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