Whether you’re looking for a new challenge, racking up as many double-diamonds as possible or wanting an excuse to add a little extra swagger to your après-ski at the end of the day (if you’re still walking by then), any of our top 7 scariest black runs will fit the bill.

The Streif, Kitzbühel, Austria

Gracing the bucket lists of skiers all over the world, the Streif run at Kitzbühel is well renowned as a must-ski. It’s a racetrack on the World Cup tour, and draws the best of the best to compete every season for the bragging rights of being the Streif champion. Luckily for the rest of us, though, before and after the race, the track is open to the public as part of the Kitzbühel ski area.

With multiple paths down, any competent intermediate skier can tackle the 3,312-metre long run, but if you’re looking for the ultimate challenge, look out for the ‘extreme ski routes’, which are for expert skiers only. These contain notoriously tricky conditions and sections with a maximum gradient of 85% coming up to a jump. This run is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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