Best Skiing Holiday Destinations in The World

Do you love skiing but want to travel somewhere other than Australia for some fun in the snow?  If so, check out these top destinations for skiing all around the world.


With over 500 ski resorts to choose from and arguably the best snow on the planet thanks to the winds that blow in from Siberia, Japan is becoming an extremely popular skiing destination for Australians.  The skiing experience in Japan is like none other with snow monkeys and onsens (a hot thermal pool where people bathe after a day in the snow) at most resorts.  Team that with a unique culture and friendly locals and you have yourself an unforgettable skiing holiday.  Two popular skiing regions in Japan are Hokkaido and Nagano, each with over 80 resorts within their regions.

New Zealand

Just a short hop across the Tasman Sea is New Zealand.  Because of its close proximity to Australia and cheap flights it’s a popular destination for Australians looking for a skiing holiday.  The unrivalled scenery, uncrowded slopes and unique wildlife are just a few of the reasons why New Zealand rubs shoulders with the big guns on this list.  The most popular regions for skiing in New Zealand are Queenstown and Otago, located in the South Island as well as the Central North Island where you can ski on Mt Ruapehu – an active volcano.  The best thing about skiing in New Zealand is after you’ve finished on the slopes for the day there are an abundance of other activities to enjoy right on your doorstep.


Canada is home to some of the most famous ski resorts in the world including Whistler, Lake Louise and Big White.  The snow in Canada is often referred to as Champagne powder because of its light, dry and smooth qualities making it perfect for skiing.  As well as the excellent snow quality, Canada is also famous for challenging terrain, spectacular scenery and quaint mountain villages.  Backcountry skiing is also popular in Canada, which means veering off the beaten track and exploring some of the most remote areas in the country, but you need to be experienced to attempt it.


When you think of France you might think of the Eiffel Tower, snails and champagne, but France is also one of the top skiing destinations in the world.  With incredible lift systems, a huge number of high altitude resorts and several ski regions, there is no shortage of fun to be had.  The main skiing regions in France are the Pyrenees and the French Alps with some resorts linking to others so you can ski from one to another.  It’s no wonder that in peak season at Christmas time, the ski fields can get extremely crowded so travelling in January/February is your best bet, but be sure to avoid school holidays.


The United States has hundreds of ski resorts from as far west as California to as far east as Maine, but one of the most popular areas to ski is in Colorado which has some of the largest and most visited resorts as well as some of the best powdery snow in the country.  Aspen, in the Rocky Mountains, is one of the most famous ski resorts in Colorado and not only does it have incredible skiing, it’s also home to picturesque mountain chalets, museums, galleries and high-end shopping.  Utah and California follow closely behind Colorado as popular areas for skiing and if you’re looking to ski in the summertime then Oregon has well-known Mt Hood, only closed for two weeks each year.

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July 22, 2014

Ski New Zealand

Ski New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most popular places in the southern hemisphere for skiing and snowboarding. In addition to downhill (alpine), there is cross-country, ski touring and ski mountaineering.

Heli-skiing is another popular, though pricey, attraction. In winter, helicopters are used to lift skiers up to the top of long, isolated stretches of virgin snow.

Unlike Europe, America or even Australia, New Zealand?s commercial ski areas are generally not set up as resorts with chalets, lodges or hotels. Accommodation and apr?s-ski nightlife is usually in surrounding towns, and there are daily shuttles to/from the main ski areas.

Club ski areas are open to the public and are much less crowded than commercial ski fields. Although non-members pay a slightly higher rate, they are still usually a cheaper alternative. Many have lodges you can stay at, subject to availability. Winter holidays and weekends will be fully booked, but mid-week you?ll have no trouble.

The variety of resorts and conditions makes it difficult to rate the ski fields in any particular order. Some people like to be near the party scene of Queenstown, others prefer the high slopes and quality runs of Mt Hutt, the less crowded Rainbow Valley or the many club skiing areas. And for class NZ scenery, it?s hard to beat the volcanic slopes of Ruapehu.

At the major ski areas, lifts cost from $30 to $68 a day (roughly half for children and two-thirds for students). Lesson and lift packages are available at most resorts. All the usual equipment can be bought or hired in NZ; rental costs from $30 a day. Snowboard with boots hire starts at $45. These prices are lower if the hire is over a longer period. It makes sense to hire equipment close to where you?ll be skiing, so that you can return your gear if there?s a problem with the fit.

From Lonely Planet?s New Zealand

11th Edition

ISBN 1740591968

Paul Harding et al

Published September 2002

720 pp / 44 pp colour / 120 maps


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July 1, 2003