There’s a ridiculous amount of places to ski, so to make a little sense of where to go we reckon you’ve got to speak to the experts. And you can’t get much more qualified than Aussie freestyle skier and Red Bull Athlete, Russ Henshaw.
Russ was an accomplished Alpine Skier before he switched to Freestyle Skiing and joined the international circuit at the age of just 15. Making his way up the scoreboard he made an international name for himself when he grabbed the silver at the X Games and bronze in the World Championships in Park City, USA (Via Perisher). Russ was also Australia’s only male competitor in Ski Slopestyle when the sport made its Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Games in Russia. Pretty impressive stuff.
We caught up with him recently to ask, where in the world should we go skiing, Russ? Here are his top five picks:
“Nothing beats skiing at home. I grew up skiing around Perisher and nothing makes me happier than ripping around the mountain with friends and family. Plus, it has my favourite park to ride in the world. The lift time for the park is super short so you can get some really serious training in throughout a normal day on the mountain. When you are done riding you can head down to Jindabyne and go to lunch at Birchwood (it’s the best restaurant/cafe in town).”
“Over my career I have spent a lot of time skiing LAAX. I have been here for competitions and for training and I have a soft spot for the resort. It is a pretty huge mountain with everything you could think of. There’s a super nice park, and when it snows you have endless options for where you can ski powder.”
St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
“Although I haven’t spent huge amounts of time here, the time I have spent in St. Anton has been amazing. It has endless amounts of skiing, and the villages are awesome to hang out in. I was lucky enough to do a film shoot in Zurs (a resort area in St Anton) and I stayed on snow in the most amazing place I have ever been… ski in, ski out with 360 degree views of the mountains. I’d highly recommend anyone to check out this resort.”
“Innsbruck is more of a city than a ski resort, but it has countless resorts situated not too far away. I did my first two seasons overseas in Innsbruck and skied at Nordpark – a crazy resort that overlooks the city. The city is an epic place to check out as well, with lots of good restaurants and some really cool sites to see.”
“Whistler is one of my all time favourite places to visit. I have family living there and have been lucky enough to spend the Christmas and New Year’s holidays there for the last five years. The skiing is amazing, the village stroll is beautiful and if you love sushi, you’ve got to check out Sushi Village.”
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