- Austria 202 freeride runs
- Canada 44 freeride runs
- Finland 8 freeride runs
- France 152 freeride runs
- Germany 22 freeride runs
- Italy 142 freeride runs
- Romania 6 freeride runs
- Russia 22 freeride runs
- Spain 28 freeride runs
- Sweden 5 freeride runs
- Switzerland 163 freeride runs
- Turkey 5 freeride runs
- Ukraine 4 freeride runs
- United Kingdom 15 freeride runs
- United States of America 17 freeride runs
What is Freeride Skiing?
Freeride skiing - also known as variant skiing, backcountry skiing and off-piste skiing - means skiing or snowboarding off the tailored and controlled slopes in open terrain. For the ascent you can use lifts or even a helicopter - so you can also enjoy a second, third, fourth, fifth... Ride through untouched powder snow slopes.
The safe mastering of deep snow skiing and knowledge of avalanche awareness are basic requirements for freeriding.
As soon as the conditions are right, there is no better feeling than rushing down the steep powder snow-covered slopes.
Once you have the basic knowledge of alpine skiing, you can slowly start freeriding. Deep snow skiing is still different from skiing on tailored slopes. Keep your mobile, neutral position. Bring your legs close together to increase the contact area. Avoid leaning back to keep control over your skis. Distribute your weight evenly on both legs and don't put too much weight on the outer ski to avoid sinking into deep powder.
The right equipment and, above all, good skis support you so that you can enjoy your ride to the fullest.
For downhill freeriding only, you need a ski that adapts well to the terrain. Length, radius, flex (hardness) and rocker shape define your ideal freeride ski. You can choose your ski depending on your level of ability and your individual skiing style. It's best to get advice from professionals in the shops, so you can get the most out of your equipment.
If you want to ascent the summits using your own strength, you will need additional equipment such as touring bindings, skins and telescopic poles.
For your own safety, you should never go without sufficient protection. A helmet should be standard equipment and back protectors will give you extra security if you want to go on more adventurous descents. If you are moving off the beaten track, you should have an avalanche beacon with you.