When it comes to a winter sports holiday, we tend to stick to the familiar surroundings. Cozy among all the other Dutch people in the après-ski bar after an afternoon on the slopes. What will it be this year: Gstaad, Courchevel, Val Gardena? For those who like to think 'out of the box' and enjoy a challenge, world traveler Christian Clerx, initiator of, looked for unexpected places for the most special skiing experience 'off the beaten track'. Ever hit the slopes in a cowboy hat? Text: Christian Clerx
Editorial staff: Annelies Keus


These destinations are not for the weakhearted, some experience on skis is required before you want to venture outside the marked slopes. Discover the Wild West of the United States and hit the steepest slopes for the coolest backcountry descents in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Ever thought about skiing among the peaks of the Rocky Mountains? In the Marmot Basin ski area in Canada, the slopes are not blue, red or black. But green, blue, black diamonden double black diamond. For sublime snow quality that reaches under your armpits and the best sushi in the world within reach, you are certainly in the right place in one of the six hundred ski resorts in Japan. It's not cheap and the journey takes a long time, but you get something in return.