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Prepare for a cold, wintery and wonderful ski season by making advance bookings for the peak Australian snow season of July and August.  Potential resorts in Australia include Thredbo, Perisher, Falls Creek, Hotham, and Mt Buller.

 

Falls Creek is potentially the finest ‘ski’ resort in Australia with world-class restaurants, a fairytale village atmosphere, ski-in/ski-out access to accommodation and is only around a five hour drive from Melbourne (with the first half of the drive comprising highway and the second sweeping turns through beautiful countryside).

 

For accommodation options try the irresistibly comforting Nelse Lodge – whilst the rooms can be small, the warmth of the service and care is unsurpassed.  It is a fantastic option for foodies, skiers and families throughout both winter and summer seasons.

 

The other premium ‘ski’ resort in Australia is Thredbo which is a six hour drive from Sydney and Melbourne so you may want to book a week long trip as opposed to a weekend.  It has some of the longest runs in Australia, fastest chairlifts and a fantastic village atmosphere with great accommodation and restaurant options.

 

If heading abroad, one of the most popular destinations for Australian skiers and snowboaders is Japan.  For a quick escape for the weekend, Hakuba is located only a couple of hours from Tokyo, so perfect for a weekend away.  For incredible deep powder snow, you’ll want to head up north to Niseko.  It is a separate flight from Tokyo followed by a three hour bus ride but it’s well-worth the trip.  Best months for Japan are from the end of January until early March so book now for next year.

 

Easily the world’s most accessible, friendly and quality ski resorts are located in British Columbia, Canada.  The region is literally littered with quality slopes and the longest runs in the world.  Options include Big White; Red Mountain; and Whistler Blackcomb, which is an easy two hour drive from Vancouver via one of the most scenic natural roadways in the world.

 

Whistler Blackcomb is our favourite because it boasts two world-class ski mountains/resorts (connected by a peak to peak gondola) with the largest vertical and most skiable terrain in all of North America and a first class ski resort.  Whistler village is simply magical with plenty of quality restaurants (sushi village is brilliant), stores and breathtaking accommodation – with options including the Four Seasons, the Whistler Fairmont and individual chalets.  Whistler’s best snow and weather is ordinarily late February until mid April.  It’s an easy two-hour drive from Vancouver via one of the most scenic roadways in the world.

 

Aspen, Colorado in North America is definitely the place to go to be seen.  Europe also has its fair share of incredible resorts throughout France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy however inconsistent snowfall can make it particularly tricky for discerning skiers to pick the best time to go.

 

The Cayenne is an ideal vehicle for the snow (as long as you pre-arrange chains) or put on hybrid tyres for the winter.

 

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