It’s certainly wonderful to feel that warm Spring air – winter is well and truly behind us here in Australia and the beach is definitely beckoning. However, for ski enthusiasts, as the Australian ski season comes to end, the northern hemisphere season is about to bloom once again. Now is the perfect time to start planning your next ski holiday.
Here are our favourite Northern Hemisphere ski resorts.
St Moritz, Switzerland
The Swiss resort of St Moritz is synonymous with European sophistication and style. Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza are the principle mountains that offer 88 trails across 350 kilometres of skiable terrain.
Idyllically situated in the Laurentian Mountains, Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort is one of North America’s premier alpine resorts. The 654 skiable acres, 94 trails and 13 lifts provide ample daytime amusement, while the scenic pedestrian village boasts a casino for additional thrills off the slopes.
Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
Since hosting the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924, Chamonix Mont Blanc is one of Europe’s most prestigious alpine destinations. The resort boasts Europe’s highest cable car at 3,842 metres and features several main ski areas including The Grands Montets, Brévent/Flégère and Le Domaine de Balme. There are also various designated areas in the valley floor for beginners.
Hakuba Valley, Japan
Enjoy a Japanese alpine escape by heading to Hakuba Valley, situated in the Japanese Alps - around two and half hours from Tokyo. There are ten resorts within the valley, the largest of which is Happo One. The 45 runs are sure to satisfy your desire for downhill thrills.
Soldeu and El Tarter, Andorra
The Andorran resort towns of Soldeu and El Tarter present easy access to Grandvalira, the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees. Across the mountains there are 1926 skiable hectares and 193 kilometres of serene slopes to delight skiers and snowboarders.
Park City Mountain, USA
For a beautiful American alpine adventure, head to Park City Mountain, which is located less than one hour’s drive from Salt Lake City. The mountain features 16 lifts that feed 114 runs across eight mountain peaks.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Basking in the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the world’s great resorts. There are more than 8,171 acres of terrain and 200 trails spread across two mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb – which are linked by the innovative 4.4km Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
High 1 Resort, South Korea
Located around 150 kilometres from the South Korea’s capital, Seoul, High 1 Ski Resort is fast cementing a reputation as one of Korea’s leading alpine winter wonderlands. The resort is spread across three mountain peaks with 18 downhill runs to keep enthusiasts entertained and offers sophisticated facilities including a revolutionary automatic detection system for lift passes.