While Australia’s winter is starting to dwindle away, the countries in the northern hemisphere are starting to prepare for their colder months, months that make Australia’s winter look like a summer.
For some Aussies, there are two trains of thought. One is that it’s time to top up the tan, dig out the thongs and grab a cool one by the beachside barbie. For others, it’s a chance to explore the other side of the world, seeing snow for the first time, visiting some of the globe’s top ski resorts and experiencing their first ever white Christmas. While you can always find cheap flights to the ski fields in New Zealand during winter, consider some of these other countries a little further from home.
Canada: Canada is famed for its mountains, snow and Mounties and at least two of these draw the crowds in every winter. Mont-Tremblant is one of the most popular resorts and the country’s first official one, opening in 1939. Not far from Montreal, it gives travellers the option of a ski and city break with minimal commuting. USA’s hat also boasts a huge area of skiable mountains in the Rockies, including world-famous Whistler Blackcomb.
USA: Colorado, home of South Park and Aspen, is America’s premier ski location. The slopes are perfect for skiers of all abilities meaning you don’t need bags of experience to enjoy Aspen, but the accommodation is more suited to those with bags of cash.
Switzerland: The Alps is Europe’s major mountain range, running through seven separate countries with many of the best pistes in Switzerland. Two areas of particular interest are Gstaad and Zermatt. Gstaad is found in south-western Switzerland and is another area popular with the rich and famous. The trendy area with its beautiful vistas is sure to impress anyone. Zermatt is famous for two reasons: being a car-free resort and for being the home of the Matterhorn, one of the world’s most beautiful mountains.
Chile: Chile’s Portillo ski resort is one of a kind. With no neighbouring town, the ski resort is an all-encompassing affair. Portillo is one of the most popular venues in the Andes and has been a major destination for more than 50 years. As well as skiing and snowboarding, the resort has its own relaxation suites, shops and entertainment opportunities.
If you’re looking to swap the sunshine for snow this summer, no matter which ski resort you opt for, by planning ahead, you can make sure you get the best deals on accommodation, ski hire and cheap flights.