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Australia – Jindabyne

A five hour drive or one hour flight from Sydney, servicing Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn Snow Resort; Jindabyne is nestled in the
Australian Alps, one of the oldest ranges in the world. With an array of resorts close by there is something for everyone in the family from the freerider
to the trickster. Perisher’s terrain park is world class playing host to the biggest ski and snowboard contest in the Southern Hemisphere, The Mile High.
This contest runs in mid-August and attracts the world’s best riders. Check out Threbo, it has the longest run which leads into a picturesque village where
you can stop for refreshments.

New Zealand – Queenstown & Wanaka

Found in the south island of New Zealand, Queenstown, a.k.a the adrenaline capital, plays host to Cornet Peak and the beautiful Remarkables Ski Field. Not
only is there great skiing with amazing lake views and stunning ranges, but close to Queenstown lays many adventures from jet boating to bungee jumping.
Hop on a helicopter to Milford Sound or to untouched snowy peaks for a ride down. From the day time to the night, Queenstown is a hotbed of entertainment.

Wanaka, just an hour drive from the hustling Queenstown, is a bit quieter and is the hub for Treble Cone and Cardrona. Treble Cone has amazing freeriding
and backcountry. Cardrona has one of the best parks and Olympic size halfpipes in the world, and runs everyone would enjoy from beginners to experts.

Argentina – Bariloche

Surrounded by many 2000+M mountains and numerous lakes, Bariloche is a taste of the Alps with European style in the heart of South America. Beginners,
intermediates and experts alike have plenty of terrain options at Bariloche, including over 100KMs of groomed runs. Plan to stay for a couple of days,
there are thirty-nine ski lifts!

Chile – Portillo

Located in the Andes Mountains and is 160KMs from Santiago, Portillo sits at 2,880M above sea level with the highest lift reaching 3,310M above sea level.
With a vertical drop of 762M, it’s no surprise this resort has been a training facility for many years for Northern Hemisphere racers. The surrounding
peaks are only surpassed by those in the Himalayan, Karakoram, and Tien Shan ranges.

Northern Hemisphere Winter Escapes

It’s no secret that we love New Zealand, we see our backyard as the holy grail, the original home of adrenaline and adventure. Nowhere else can compare in our opinion in terms of un-tracked beauty and tranquillity. Be it winter or summer, New Zealand is an outdoor lover’s heaven, however we know you can only go without the white stuff for so long….

Whilst New Zealand bathes in summer sunshine, locals dust off their mountain bikes and hiking shoes and start exploring their backyard even further. However, across the rest of the world, Northern Hemisphere resorts begin preparing themselves for powder.

So, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of our favourite Northern Hemisphere destinations to help you get your fix until we welcome the snow back to our alps once more.

From Japan to Scandinavia, Europe to Canada, we have got you covered!

Japan

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Japan has seen a huge increase in ski and snowboard tourism over the past decade and with 10-18 meters of pow across hundreds of resorts it’s easy to see why. At around an 11 hour flight, Japan is the closest kiwis can get if they need a powder fix so it has become a mecca for those who simply can’t spend a whole six months in New Zealand summer.

With incredible powder skiing, unique culture, fantastic cuisine and many added extras Japan really has a lot to offer. There are many resorts to choose from but the most popular are Hokkaido, Hakuba and Niseko, each offering something different. A personal favourite has to be Myoko Kogen, “the heart of Japan”. Myoko (pictured above) is just a short distance from Tokyo and is a powder lovers dream without the hustle and bustle of some of the busier ski areas. It has a fantastic atmosphere and will appeal to all ages and abilities.

Europe

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When we say “Europe” its hard to narrow one destination down. Europe as a whole is a different ball game when it comes to epic snow and holidays. You can find unbelievable terrain and picture perfect resorts across France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Stunning mountains and lakes with more lifts than you would ever think possible.

Europe has a strong background of skiing, dating back to the 1890’s it is a sport that is lived and breathed by many. Attracting skiiers from across the world, resorts such as Val D’isere, Chamonix and Zermatt are the playground of many wealthy families. However, dig a little deeper and you will find hundreds of incredible, less expensive resorts.

A favourite has to be the seemingly endless Portes Du Soleil, pictured above, which translates to “Gateway to the Sun”. With over 600km of groomed trails and 200 lifts, you will be amazed at where a day will take you. The region is the largest linked area in the world and covers 14 separate villages and reaches an altitude of 2,450m, but the best part of all – you only need one single lift pass. Across the region there is a wide variety of terrain, accommodation, nightlife and culture. It really is hard not to love the Portes Du Soleil.

Most Breathtaking Places in North America

1. Haida Gwaii  British Columbia – Canada

Remote, wild, and epically beautiful, Haida Gwaii is in a league of its own. Formally called the Queen Charlotte Islands, this archipelago offers a truly breathtaking getaway. Paddle on the untampered waters when you sign up for a kayaking tour (such as with the popular Green Coast Kayaking) through Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. And don’t miss a hike along the mossy Golden Spruce Trail, which is more than Instagram-worthy, or a trek along Pesuta Shipwreck Hike that stops in front of the wooden bones of the Pesuta, which was wrecked during a rough storm in 1928.

2. Coronach – Saskatchewan – Canada


If you get a sense of the Wild West when you’re in Coronach, good. Located 12 km above the international border, this area still speaks of days when outlaws and cowboys needed a place to hide out from the world. Coronach is the gateway to Big Muddy Badlands, a red, dusty, unique place that looks something out of Mars. Keep your eyes open for Castle Butte, an odd formation that seems to jut out of the earth just to impress you.

3. Banff/Lake Louise – Alberta – Canada

Be honest: As soon as you read “breathtaking,” Banff popped into your mind. Images of Banff National Park and Lake Louise are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Maybe it’s the jagged green forest trees or waters so blue the sky gets jealous, or maybe there’s just something majestic about being small in a place so expansive. Whatever it is, this area never fails to inspire. While you’re here, make time to see views from Johnston Canyon, Mt. Weed, Sulphur Mountain, and those iconic bright red chairs.

4. Penticton – British Columbia – Canada

Wine vines and sandy shores—aka, the two best things in life. Penticton, British Columbia, is located between two lakes and surrounded by rolling mountains and welcoming vineyards. For scenic views of the landscape, lace up your walking shoes for the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. And once you’re ready for something stronger than water, marvel at 40+ wineries that surround the town. In particular, Bench 1775 Winery has tables that overlook the waters of Okanagan Lake, and Maple Leaf Spirits lets you experience the majesty of the vineyards up close.

5. Rocky Harbour – Newfoundland and Labrador – Canada

As an enclave within Gros Morne National Park, Rocky Harbour has access to some of the most stunning sights in Newfoundland and Labrador. The town’s name itself comes from the rocky reefs that welcome entry into the habour. While in town, you absolutely must sign up for boat tours (like with the esteemed Bon Tours), or kayak your way along the shoreline and past the increasingly tall cliffs. You might also want to stop into Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse and see the views of the shore from this quaint landmark.