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It’s busy and it’s cold, but boy does this Japanese ski resort have a lot of snow. If you’ve seen those shots of people skiing through chest-deep powder, they have probably taken them here. And they have onsens… Sold.
What could make this celebrity ski town even better? When it’s covered with a sprinkling of snow. The powder is deep, but the holiday crowd is long gone, which means that you increase your chances of sharing a gondola with Elle Macpherson and pals.
You get the snow, and you get the sunshine. In the past five ski seasons, it’s said that this picturesque ski town in British Columbia has enjoyed more than two metres of fresh snowfall every year. With a lift that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountain you can enjoy some 8,000 acres of pistes and unique winter adventures.
This slick cosmopolitan resort is the perfect place to find some snow late in the season. Catch a ride up to one of the top stations to take the obligatory selfie with the Matterhorn backdrop.
Ruka, Finnish Lapland
Who needs a glacier? The Finnish ski resort of Ruka manages to keep its pistes open until mid-June. This may be achieved with the help of a few snow machines, but when there’s 24 hours of daylight you have plenty of time to practise those turns.
This winter playground is open from June until October. It’s home to five of the longest runs in Australia. If those bowls and moguls don’t receive enough snow by the time you get there, don’t panic. They are said to have the largest snowmaking system in the Southern Hemisphere.
Valle Nevado, Chile
If you thought you might have to pack your skis away, don’t panic. You can still enjoy oodles of dry powder in Chile from July to mid September, however, July is said to be the optimum time. Valle Nevado is Chile’s version of the Three Valleys so you have Colorado and La Parva to enjoy as well. And if that doesn’t wow you maybe the condors flying above the resort will.
Queenstown, New Zealand
The resorts will have already been open for a couple of months, but this is when they will really be at their best. A Queenstown 3 Peak ski pass gives you access to three breathtaking resorts – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt.
Las Lenas, Argentina
They say that on a fine day you can ski forever. It has 39,000 acres of ski fields ready for you to lay on. It attracts a good share of professional skiers, but beginners and intermediates can also have some fun in the sun within this huge resort.
This all-year round ski resort is one of the few places in the world where you can stretch your ski legs in October. This Tyrolean glacier offers huge pistes of fresh powder – yes, even in October. For this reason, you can expect to see ski teams from all over the world hitting the slopes – instant inspiration.
Thanks to its high altitude, this Italian ski town can expect a blanket of snow throughout its season that runs from November to May. But if it wasn’t snowing, who cares? For this Italian resort is as pretty as a picture.
Jackson Hole, USA
With a reputation for being a steep and deep resort, you can pretty much guarantee a thick layer of snow of this 25,000 acre resort. And you might also be lucky enough to spy moose, elk and a bald eagle too.
From $10,500 pp
Enjoy heli-skiing in the wilderness of Northern British Columbia
Witness the snowy landscapes in Canada from above with a helicopter ride
Stay in comfortable lodgings with hot tubs and saunas
Dine on local cuisine and enjoy après-ski activities
Benefit from top-quality equipment and professional heli-ski guides
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From $6,230 pp
Discover the highlights of Helsinki on a private guided tour
Look for the Northern Lights from your private glass igloo
Hit the slopes at the vibrant ski resort of Levi
Visit the SnowVillage and enjoy a meal in the ice restaurant
Explore the landscape on reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris
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From $1,950 pp
Enjoy a fun family skiing trip in North America’s best ski destination
Glide down the exhilarating slopes of Blackcomb Mountain
Easy weary muscles in a soothing hot tub
Explore the snowy canopy on a zipline eco-tour
Entertain the kids with ski school and cookery classes
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