If your idea of heaven is either bombing down a long, perfectly groomed corduroy piste with not too many bumps (or people) to send you off your exocet missile course, or simply just meandering slowly down a nice wide open piste without too many obstacles to put you off your stride, the chances are that you are either a self confessed speed freak who is constantly seeking out the next adrenaline rushing slopes, otherwise known as motorways, or alternatively somebody who enjoys the finer simpler things in life!
We have tried and tested this approach (tough job but someone's got to do it!) and have compiled a list of our favourite motorway resorts, ideal for both skiers and boarders,who specialise in long finely groomed blue and red runs.
Top 10 resorts with motorway pistes:
Otherwise known as the intermediate skier's paradise, Cervinia plays host to many long, mogul free, widespread runs, perfect if your forte is for freewheeling!
Val Thorens, France
Way up in the Gods, the mighty Val Thorens provides immaculately bashed pistes where you can effortlessly glide along whilst admiring the panoramic lunar landscape.
Do you have a soft spot for those smooth long, even runs? If so the lovely Livigno could be your ideal destination with its sweeping blue runs back to the village.
Les Deux Alpes, France
The Mont de Lans glacier is the place to head for if you are looking for somewhere where you can go for an effortless glide. From there you can enjoy spectacular views and easily meet up with the rest of your group who may be wanting to tackle the "steep and deep stuff".
Your sweet tooth for sliding along will be totally satisfied in Snowmass, Aspen. The wide open cruisers are to be found on Big Burn and Elk Camp, a veritable intermediate skier and boarders playground
Alpe D'Huez, France
If you have a fondness for floating on your skis, then Alpe d'Huez is the one for you.With her finely prepared pistes, you can literally let goand fly down in total confidence.
Without an ice grenade in sight, the intermediate slopes of Mammoth are a perfect example of piste bashing par excellence. The motorway runs are not only long and flattering but also profit from that glorious Californian sunshine - a winning combination!
With no introduction needed, Tignes has to be Motorway Heaven No1 if you feel the need for speed! Picture yourself on the last part of Double M, the last run down into Tignes from La Grande Motte, where you can really show what you are made of on either two skis or aboard.
Schussing all the way is the order of the day in stunning Lech. This enchanting resort plays host to some of the best preened, cruisy blue runs the Alpes has to offer.
La Plagne, France
Showing favouritism for the flat finely tuned pistes is well placed in La Plagne. The long intoxicating blue runs will leave you energised and desperate to go back up for more!
P.S. If this section has sparked up the speed demons in you,please do remember to ski responsibly at all times.