Olly Allen from Mountain Tracks picks three of his favourite left-field ski spots
Svaneti Powder in Georgia
Sandwiched between Russia and the Black Sea, Georgia has recently enjoyed a huge upsurge in foreign visitors. This is due to its friendly people, cultural history and world famous wine – and the skiing is not half bad either. Head to the unspoilt valleys of the upper Svaneti and foothills of the Caucasus and you can expect a variety of slope angles, plenty of tree skiing and guaranteed solitude. There are some small resorts for bad-weather days and untracked powder, too.
Ski & Sail in Greenland
It is hard to put into words the experience of sailing and skiing in Greenland. Cruising in Greenlandic waters in a schooner to reach your ski objectives has to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. A favourite area of mine is the Evighedsfjorden (Eternity Fjord) and Kangerdluarssuat fjord, where one objective is a 1000m peak at the interior of Taaterat Glacier. The glacier itself comes all the way down to sea level – sure to get anyone’s camera snapping!
Midnight sun in Iceland
The Troll Peninsular in northern Iceland is fast being recognised as a world-class destination for ski touring. The scenery is stunning and the area offers great variety of terrain, from big open slopes to steeper couloirs and everything in between. Go late season when the sun barely sets and you get to ski at midnight. The restorative daily soak in the local geothermal baths is the icing on the cake.