Don’t let the brown hillsides and rainy conditions we saw during the Olympics fool you: Sochi is home to some of the best, steepest, most lift-accessible terrain in the world. You’ll find four different resorts, more than 51 lifts and gondolas, and a vertical drop just shy of 6,000 feet. The largest is Rosa Khutor, but even during the Olympics, hardly anyone was skiing there. “It was just lap after lap of perfect untracked powder until our legs gave out,” says Ben Verge, a U.S. Ski Team coach.
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