5 Largest Ski Resort Vertical Drops in the World

Clay Malott | | BrainsBrains




avalanche, langer Zug, Austria,
one of the world’s steepest slopes. Credit: Red Bull

Skiing is fueled by vertical: without elevation and pitch, the greatest sport on Earth would not be possible. When skiers think about vertical drops, Revelstoke typically comes to mind. Revelstoke, located in interior British Columbia, boasts a whopping 5,620-ft of skiable elevation. However, surprisingly, several European resorts put Revelstoke’s vertical to shame.

#5: 7,283′ – Alpe d’Huez, France

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#4: 7,283′ – Les 2 Alpes, France

Photo credit: InTheSnow



#3: 7,444′ – Zermatt, Switzerland

Photo credit: Ski Magazine

#2: 8,133′ – Verbier, Switzerland

Photo credit: OnTheSnow

#1: 8,982′ – Chamonix, France

Powder skiing Chamonix, France. photo: le grand adventure tours
Powder skiing Chamonix, France. photo: le grand adventure tours





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3 thoughts on “5 Largest Ski Resort Vertical Drops in the World

  1. Vertical means vertical, as in perpendicular to a horizontal plane.

    Yes they have runs that drop 8,000′ vertically. The runs are 14 miles long and take guys like Wheezy 1.5 days to complete.

  2. Europe – 5

    USA – 0

    You could build a resort in California from 14,000′ down to 6,000′ if the tree huggers would allow it

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