FROM HEATHROW TO CENTRAL LONDON SKIING? – THE LONGEST SLOPES

Choosing a ski resort over another is a difficult task. We come to the rescue with a list of the longest slopes of the Alps.

From Heathrow to London Skiing 
Since it is not possible to state clearly that one ski resort is better than another, we have thought about a special ranking column. Every week we will post an article about alpine ski resorts ranked by one and one only characteristic. Today, alpine ski resorts will be ranked according to the longest slope.

There you have it: a list of European ski resorts ranked by slopes’ length (notice that only slopes longer than 10 km will be taken into account).

ITALY

Rank
Ski Resort
Region
Slope’s name
Km
1
Breuil Valle d'Aosta
Piccolo Cervino - Valtournenche
20
2
Dolomiti Superski
Marmolada - Malga Ciapela
12
3
San Bernardo
San Bernardo
11
4
Val di Sole, Adamello
Presena-Tonale-Pontedilegno
11

One of the longest runs in the whole world belongs to both Italy and Switzerland. It is as long as the distance between the English airport Heathrow and the centre of London. The slope starts in Zermatt (Switzerland) and ends in Cervinia (Italy). It descents from the Klein Matternhorn (or Piccolo Cervino) to Valtournenche. Skiers begin this amazing run at the height of 3,883 meters and end it at 1,524 metres. Due to its height, the slope remains open from late November to mid-April. In addition, it is stated to be a red slope and it is, therefore, skiable from the majority of people.

FRANCE

Rank
Ski Resort
Region
Slope’s name
Km
1
Alpe d'Huez grand domaine Ski
La Sarenne
16
2
Grand Massif Domain
Les Cascades
14
3
Les 3 Vallées
Cime de Caron
12
4
Val Cenis
Escargot
10

The longest French run is the 16-kilometre black run called La Sarenne. It starts from the peak of Pic Blanc at 3,330 metres and finishes in Alpe d'Huez at 1,860m. The exact length of this run is not clear: the official map reports 19 km, the official homepage 16 km. Either way, we are talking about almost 2,000m vertical descent. If you do the maths, this means about an hour and a half to complete!

The second longest slope of France belongs to the Grand Massif Domain. This run is called Les Cascades and is the longest blue run in Europe. The 14 km run stretches from the top of Les Grandes Platières (2,500 metres) to Sixt; a 1800 m difference in altitude adventure. The peculiarity of this descent is, surely, the view: no lifts over the horizon, pure and impressive nature.

In Val Cenis you will find L'Escargot, a 10 km long slope with a perfect name. Escargot means snail. As a matter of fact, skiers will go at a snail’s pace because this run is green; the longest of Europe! A paradise for beginners tired of school slopes- they will finally find satisfaction in l’Escargot because of its length and because of its enchanted panorama in the middle of evergreen forest.

AUSTRIA

Rank
Ski Resort
Region
Slope’s name
Km
1
Ötztal
Gletscher-Sölden
15
2
Wildkogel Arena
Talabfahrt nach Bramberg Nr. 14
14
3
Zillertal
Talabfahrt vom Öfelerjoch nach Aschau
11
4
Silvretta-Arena  
Eleven
11
5
Kals-Matrei Tirol
-
11
6
Sillian
Tirol
Kammabfahrt
11
7
Diedamskopf
Vorarlberg
Talabfahrt
10,3
8
Glungezer
Schartenkogel-Talabfahrt Tulfes
10
9
Montafon
Hochjoch Totale
10

Let’s talk about Ischgl, Austria, where there is an 11-kilometre red/black run that is called - guess what? – Eleven. The slope starts from the Greitspitze at 2,872m (Tyrol’s highest skiable slope) and winds down to Ischgl at 1,400m. Even if this slope is born as a black one, it is consistently red and, thus, enjoyable all skiers at an intermediate level.

SWITZERLAND

Rank
Ski Resort
Region
Slope’s name
Km
1
Davos Klosters
Parsenn Abfahrt Nr. 68
12
2
Titlis
Titlis-Engelberg
12
3
Jungfrau Ski Region
Inferno Schilthorn- Lauterbrunnen
12
4
Savognin
Piz Cartas-Savognin
11.5
5
Disentis
Péz Ault-S. Catrina
11
6
EngadinA/St. Moritz
Morteratsch Gletscherabfahrt
10
                        
The longest ski run in Switzerland (not taking into account the one that starts in Klein Matternhorn and then winds down to Italy) is the Parsenn nr. 68, in Davos. It is 12 km long: it starts on the Weissfluhgipfel and ends in Kueblis: over 2000 meters vertical drop. The slope softens as it goes down to valley changing colour: from an intense black to a difficult red. The landscape varies constantly: wide open spaces, narrow trails through evergreen forests, meadows and paths close to farms. Once in Kueblis, skiers are granted the possibility to take the Rhaetian Railway back to Davos. Luckily, this train connection is for free, as it is included in the ski pass price.




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