The best of the rest (of the world)
From Japan to New Zealand, you can take your skiing or snowboarding skills to new continents. Check out what the slopes around the world have to offer you, whether you are looking for a new challenge or a cultural experience. As they say, the world is your oyster!
There’s no denying that the mountains bring a level of joy and freedom that a lot of places just simply cannot match. Skiing in Europe is more common place amongst us Brits, but there are some amazing places slightly further afield that take that joy to the next level. From Chile to Canada and everywhere in between, the world is your oyster to explore! Plus you can take in some of the amazing culture on offer and create some amazing memories to take back home with you.
It’s difficult to put it into words, but we have tried to sum up the best places to visit below. Enjoy!
Canada is THE ultimate bucket-list ski destination. It’s the place to go for world class resorts, high altitude, and perfect powder skiing. The scenery lives up to the hype with immaculately groomed and wide, tree-lined runs. Most accommodations across Canada have spacious rooms, often with luxury touches like roaring fires and hot tubs, perfect for the end of a long day on the slopes!
British Columbia is home to perhaps the most well known resorts including world-famous Whistler Blackcomb and the Big White Ski Resort. Head east to Alberta for fantastic skiing in Lake Louise or Banff. Canada is certainly worth every mile travelled!
Chile might be slightly off the beaten track when it comes to skiing, but it is by no means lacking quality slopes. Currently, there are 17 ski resorts in Chile found along the mighty Andes Mountain range stretching from just north of the capital city of Santiago all the way south, deep into Chilean Patagonia.
The best time to ski Chile’s resorts is mid-July until early September. The slopes generally cater to the more beginner or intermediate skier, although there are some fantastic runs for the more advanced skier. And while the lift system isn’t the world’s greatest, you get what you pay for as lift passes are much cheaper than its European counterparts.
Also known as JaPOW, the holy grail for those who love to ski in knee deep powder. Many resorts — and there are around 600 resorts in total— average upwards of 15 metres of snow each winter. And this isn’t just any snow – the snow in Japan is super light, extraordinarily dry and unbelievably fun to ski or ride.
In addition to the incredible snow, Japan offers a unique cultural experience, including incredible fresh sushi and Ramen which makes it unlike any other skiing holiday. Niseko is possibly the most popular destination for powder hounds but you can also find fantastic skiing in Hokkaido, Rusutsu and Furano.
New Zealand is a winter wonderland with snow experiences to suit every level of skier or snowboarder. Choose from the snowy peaks of the North Island or the wide-open terrains of the South Island. The ski season typically kicks off in the South Island from mid to late June and finishes in October, while the North Island season starts and finishes a little later, perfect for your summer skiing fix!
The South Island is home to three main skiing regions with world-class ski schools, accommodation close to the ski fields, transport from door to slope and value for money ski deals covering the essentials. While a little further away for those of us based in Europe, it’s definitely the place for a once in a lifetime trip.
The USA is the home of thousands of acres of peaceful slopes, big, fast lifts and slopes for all abilities from gentle greens to double black diamond runs. The resorts also have real American character, from swing-door saloons against breathtaking backdrops to high-end hotels and finger-licking cuisine.
Big portions and filling food are how it’s done in most American ski towns – from pancakes to burgers and all the trimmings. The resorts in Colorado such as Breckenridge and Vail sit at high altitude, which give you long seasons to enjoy.