There’s nothing like a good blue run to build your confidence, warm up your ski legs or just cruise along and enjoy the scenery. Take a look at our pick of the best blues across Europe and North America.
Les Cascades, Flaine, France
Like the waterfalls it’s named after (‘cascades’ means ‘waterfalls’ in French), this one is a natural beauty from top to bottom. It’s the longest blue in France, stretching 14km from the summit down to the village of Sixt. Take the gondola to the peak in Flaine and head down the only run over the back of the mountain. It dips into the trees, along the edge of the nature reserve – look out for mountain goats – and past the falls. Feel the thrill when you finally reach the end and celebrate with a long lunch.
L’Aiguille Percée, Tignes, France
A gentle run that invites you to test your technique, with non-stop photo moments along the way. Start with a snap of the famous L’Aiguille Percée, the eye-of-the-needle rock that dominates the skyline at 2,800m. Then set off for a 5km joyride that gives you peak-to-peak views, before throwing you into the treeline and out by the dam in Tignes Les Brévières. You came to see and you came to ski.
Rossinyol, Canillo, Andorra
Escape the main slopes to search out this little-known piste near Canillo, in the quieter end of the Grandvalira. It skates along the ridge from Portella at 2,465m, ending up in El Forn. Test your control on the steeper sections and carve graceful turns on the flatter parts, savouring the quiet and beautiful views – then jump back on the lift to do it all over again.
The Front Side area, Lake Louise, Canada
Have your camera ready when you slide off the aptly named Top of the World Express – Lake Louise is home to arguably the prettiest ski runs in North America. Bathed in south-facing sunshine, the Front Side is a 1,200-acre marvel. Skip between interlinked blues all the way down, surrounded by monuments just waiting to be gasped and grinned at – the Victoria Glacier, frozen Lake Louise, the grand Fairmont Chateau hotel and a sea of peaks blanketing the horizon.
Jandri, Les Deux Alpes, France
Twenty years to plan and two years to build – the Jandri runs were a major milestone for Les Deux Alpes when the last one opened in 2015. Now you can ski non-stop from the glacier to the resort on 10km of linked slopes, dropping 2,000m. A few years ago, you had to pick between a long green or trickier red for the last leg to the base. But now improvers can carry on cruising the blues all the way home.
Tunnel, La Plagne, France
A popular pick with plenty of space to wind round others and go at your own pace. The highlight is the Tunnel des Inversens halfway down – a 136m-long passage cut right through the mountain, with dancing lights and sound effects to cheer you on your way. Stop on the other side to take in the panoramic views of La Plagne, then finish the run with feet flying and confidence soaring.
Four o’Clock, Breckenridge, USA
You know that feeling at the end of a long, satisfying day? That’s the four o’clock feeling. Aim to get the last lift up and do Breckenridge’s longest run when it’s pretty much empty. Take its 5.6km at speed or just relax and go with the flow. Either way, you’ll end the day on a high.
Looking to take a step up from greens or find a new favourite fun run? Start planning your next winter getaway.