6 Top Ski Holidays in the Northern Hemisphere

6 Top Ski Holidays in the Northern Hemisphere

Now that our snow season is over, it’s time to look to the north if you want a snow fix!

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Why go to the Northern Hemisphere for snow?

  • If you’re not keen on facing the heat of our Australian summer, make tracks north!
  • The resorts are larger, and apart from the cost to actually get there, are generally less expensive.
  • Much of the ski gear for hire in the bigger resorts gets completely replaced at the beginning of each snow season – bonus!
  • There's a fantastic Après Ski nightlife, plus plenty of shopping and entertainment options to keep you busy when you’re not on the slopes.
  • They’ve also got state of the art facilities like heated chair lifts that can take as many as 2400 passengers per hour!
  • December and January will have lots of snow and less crowded slopes.
  • February and March have longer sunnier days.
  • And because everyone should experience at least one White Christmas!

Here’s our guide on where to go for a ski holiday if you're heading up north.


 

1) Ski at the biggest resorts in the United States

Not surprisingly, the ski resorts in the USA are big, bold and brash… but they’re also some of the ones with the most up to date facilities and activities.

The popular places to ski are:

  • Utah: The ski resorts are located near Salt Lake City - The Canyons, Park City and Snowbird Ski Resort.
  • Colorado: Ski the Rocky Mountains - Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone, or, if you want to hob nob with the rich and famous there’s always skiing in world famous Aspen.
  • You can also ski in Idaho, Wyoming, Washington and Montana.

Check out our Spotlight on USA post for more highlights!

A Pretty Log Cabin in the Snow in Montgomery United States

Don't fancy staying at a ski resort? Why not hire a cosy log cabin for your White Christmas holiday.


 

2) Try snow sports in Canada

Canada’s ski facilities are just as impressive as the USA but more laid back, and offer plenty of off-slope activities like snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Popular places to ski are:

  • Alberta: The town of Banff has Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.
  • Quebec and Ontario: These are slightly smaller, but may be the thing if you’re not into crowds.
  • If you’re homesick head to the popular Whistler Blackcomb Resort which is staffed by so many Aussies you’ll think you're back at home!

Child Skiing on Family Friendly Ski Holiday in Saint Seuvaur Canada

Bring the whole family on a ski trip to Saint Sauveur Quebec, Canada.


 

3) Try a different ski holiday in Turkey

Want to take the slope less travelled? Head to Turkey!

It may not have the world-class facilities of Aspen, or the impressive Après Ski life of European resorts, but you’ll certainly get to experience the rich Turkish culture without the crowds or price tag!

The popular places to ski are:

  • Bursa: Ulugag (where the wealthy Turkish go).
  • Bolu: Kartalkaya.
  • Erzurum: Palandoken.

Mountains reflected in ski goggles while heliskiing on a Ski Holiday in Turkey

Try Turkey for a very non-traditional White Christmas experience.


 

4) Ski and then soak in Japan

Japan has over 500 ski resorts - just as many ski resorts as the USA!

The bonus with skiing in Japan is that the ski resorts are located in the rural areas, so you won’t be paying Japanese city prices.

Not to mention you can also look forward to soaking those tired limbs in an onsen (hot thermal springs) bath after a day on the slopes.

The popular places to ski are:

  • Haikkaido: Niseko, Furano.
  • Nagano: Happo One, Hakuba resorts.
  • Tohuko: Appi Kogen and Zao Onsen.

PS: If you’re also going for a cultural immersion avoid Niseko as a lot of Australians like to go there. English is spoken widely and even the signs are translated for you!

Read our Spotlight on Japan blog post for more handy tips!

Snow covered bridge and temple in beautiful Koya Village in Japan

Koya village in the Wakayama Prefecture to the south of Osaka, Japan.


 

5) Hit the Olympic ski slopes in Korea

If you want to maximise your snow time, Korea is nearest to Australia and is on a similar timezone to us.

What’s more, their biggest and most popular resort Yong Pyong opens at 8:30am and is open till midnight!

The county of Pyeongchang will be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics, so you can also try out the facilities before the professionals come and do their thing.

The popular places to ski are:

  • Pyeongchang: Yongpang, Phoenix Park.
  • Jeongsan: High 1.
  • Gucheon-dong: Deogyusan.

Make sure you read our Spotlight on Korea post if you haven't travelled there before!

Skiing on the 2018 Olympics slopes in Pyeongchang Korea

Carve up the slopes in Pyeongchang before the athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics.


 

6) Enjoy the most scenic ski resorts in Europe

Much of the ski action is in the Alps, spanning the Mediterranean coast of France through to Switzerland, Northern Italy, Austria and Slovenia. 

However, snow slopes for the Europeans are more of a romantic notion so off-slope activities tend to take precedence over skiing. 

Think horse-drawn sleigh rides, rich comfort food, stunning scenery from cable cars over snow-capped ranges, church spires, chalets and ancient cobblestone streets.

Some of the most popular places to ski are:

  • France: Chamonix Mont Blanc (which hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924), and Val d’Isere.
  • Switzerland: Zermatt, St Moritz and Verbier.
  • Italy: Sestriere and Dolomites.
  • Austria: the home of alpine skiing boasts St Anton, Lech, Zers and Innsbruck ski resorts.

Check out our Two Ways to See Paris post if you're planning to visit the City of Love while you're in Europe!

The beautiful Chamonix Mountain Range on the junction of France Italy Switzerland

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy.


 

Seize the season and make tracks north for a white Christmas or a ski holiday this December!

 

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