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Secret Switzerland

Unveiling the best-kept European powder stash one story at a time.
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Editor of Skiing Magazine, Jake Bogoch, is with the guys from Liberty Skis and Freeskier magazine in Switzerland, drinking beer, petting goats, learning about water, and of course, skiing some of the best snow this season has had to offer. Check out Jake's Updates here and plan your next vacation to the most hidden (and lucrative) powder stash here.

Secret Switzerland: Day 1 : The Storm and the Sheep.

Secret Switzerland: Day 2 : Mass Murderers don't inhabit the hills of Switzerland. Kind, cheese-bearing sheep-lovers do.

Secret Switzerland: Day 3 : The Secret is Revealed

Secret Switzerland: Day 4 :The second spot: Full of Swedes. That’s a good thing.

Secret Switzerland: Day 5 :The Big, Fat, Unintentional Lie: The Trailmap

Secret Switzerland: Day 6 :Secret No Longer: Disentis, Site of Two Skiing Magazine Cover Shots

Secret Switzerland: Day 7 :Italians, Iranian Arms Dealers, and Couloirs


From the top of Verbier's 10,900-foot Mont Font, the highest point at the ski area, you can access some of the steepest, hairest terrain you'll find anywhere on the planet. At the end of the season, they host speed skiing competitions on the groomer from the top of the Mont Font tram—and it's steep gradient made it the fastest ski run in Switzerland when Italian skier Simone Origone got going over 134 miles per hour there in 2007.

Verbier, Switzerland: 10 Reasons to Visit

In case you need a reason to visit Verbier, Switzerland, we've got 10 of them—ranging from the powder to the cheese to the Swiss chalets. Plus, it's the home of the Verbier XTreme competition, which is taking place this weekend.

Bald Mountain’s shady north face is named after the hot springs-fed creek that runs through the base area. The signature run, Warm Springs, is one of the classic groomer descents in the country. If you can’t have fun on Warm Springs, you need a fresh tune and a ski lesson. This is not the place to slide a turn or suck at skiing. Few things compare to over 3,000 vertical feet of high-speed GS turns down this alley. Your legs will tremble and your lips will quiver with a strange mix of terror, excitement, and exhaustion. Warm Springs will make you remember that like powder, carving is pretty damn exhilarating. Plus, if you luck out with a fat storm with southwest flow, The Burn, the sidecountry zone created by the 2007 Castle Rock wildfire just off Warm Spring’s western boundary, is some of the best powder skiing in the country.

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