If you like your ski runs fast and furious, make sure you give these legendary slopes a try while you're still alive and kicking. Ranging from spectacularly scenic to downright death-defying, they need skiing to believing…
The Inferno, Mürren, Switzerland
Combining both precipitous drops and dramatic alpine views, this diverse Swiss run is a fantastic all-rounder. Comprising a lengthy (and at times, sheer) descent from the top of the Schilthorn right down to the village below, the Inferno offers skiers everything from sweeping pistes to daunting vertical drops.
Corbet's Couloir, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, US
Known as the pinnacle in extreme ski runs, Corbet's Couloir involves a daunting preliminary near-vertical drop, with various rocky obstacles to negotiate along the way. If you do chicken out, take the cable car to the top - it's just as exhilarating to watch the spectacle from the safety of above.
Weissfluhjoch, Davos, Switzerland
The popular red runs at this quaint resort offer an abundance of variety, including steep terrains, tree-lined stretches and sprawling sections of piste. Warm yourself up at the bottom by treating yourself to a delicious hauskaffee - a Swiss specialty combining coffee with a well-deserved kick of shnapps.
The Swiss Wall, La Chavanette, Avoriaz, France
The formidably steep 'Swiss Wall' is feared by even the most expert skier - with a warning sign at the top to prove it. Those who are still game take note, the descent is so fast you will barely have time to digest the potentially fatal sheer overhang …not for the faint hearted!
Tortin, Verbier, Switzerland
Don't underestimate Tortin - it may seem tame enough in the right conditions, but when the snow is scarce or icy it will fill you with alpine dread! Climaxing in a terrifying sheer slope, the run gets all the more scary the further you advance - so no looking back…
Combe Saulire, Courchevel, France
Get here early before all the crowds congregate and you'll experience Combe Saulire's snow at its absolute prime. Taking in the popular Three Valleys, the resort is packed with slopes for all skiing levels and is renowned for its top-notch white stuff.
Twilight, Steamboat, Colorado
Famous for its breathtaking glades, skiers who come to this celebrated Colorado resort are never disappointed. Perfect if you enjoy tree skiing, the Twilight run winds through bountiful aspen and fir trees with ample powdery pistes to keep you on your toes.
The Diving Board, Alta, Utah
They say you have to try everything once, and the 'Diving Board' in Utah's Alta resort is definitely testament to this. Named after its two precipitous planks which skiers must launch 30 feet from, you need a clear head to ensure you land on both feet at the bottom.
Big Dipper, Heavenly, California
It may sound like a heart-in-your-throat rollercoaster ride, but the Big Dipper is more famous for its dramatically contrasting views over the gleaming Lake Tahoe to one side and dusty Nevada desert to the other. Make sure you take your camera!
Two Smokes, Silverton, Colorado
Not for those who like going solo, the Two Smokes run in Colorado is guide-only - testament to just how hazardous it can be. Full of craggy rocks and branches, the incredible 53-degree rock channel is a skier's once in a lifetime experience if ever there was one.
If you can think of anymore ski runs to try before you die then let me know in the comments below and I'll add them to the list!