Winter has come in the Southern Hemisphere and that means SNOW!
It’s time to bust out the skis and snowboards and hit the slopes for the next three months! When you’re considering your winter holiday this year, don’t miss out on these fabulous ski resorts in Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.
Close to home and in the Snowy Mountains, this beautiful resort destination awaits you! Thredbo is a place where something is always going on. A luxurious village sits at the base of the mountain and provides everything one could need on holiday. From restaurants, to shopping centres, to accommodations such as the historic Thredbo Alpine Hotel, this quaint little spot has it all. Events and activities are continually taking place and include such get-togethers as “Family Fun Night”, skateboarding events, live bands and music. And when it’s time to strap on the skis, there is no shortage of choices! Beginners can ride “Friday Flat” with its gentle incline and chair lift, while the more advanced riders can hit the longest runs in Australia, backcountry areas, and powder bowls. Terrain parks with jumps and rails are also located on the resort for both skiers and boarders.
Tiffindell – South Africa
When you think of Africa, you usually don’t picture snow and skiing. But why not?! This unique little resort on the slope of Ben McDhui (the highest peak in Cape Province) provides a wonderful holiday stay for families, singles, and couples alike. What makes this spot so special is the pure dedication to winter fun. If mother nature doesn’t supply enough of the white powder, Tiffindell’s powerful snow-making machines will. Another perk is their all-inclusive packages which include equipment rental, lift passes, breakfast and dinner, and accommodations at the resort. Private and family chalets, en-suite luxury suites, and self-catering accommodations are all offered here. If you have beginners with you, don’t miss out on The Ski Academy which is run by three time Olympian Alex Heath.
Mount Ruapehu – New Zealand
This stratovolcano in New Zealand is truly a breathtaking destination. With its western slopes being occupied by two of the best ski resorts in the country, it offers a winter holiday that is twice the fun.
Welcome to the largest ski area in New Zealand. Whakapapa is located on the north-western slopes of Mount Ruapehu and has something for every skill level of skier or snowboarder. The “Happy Valley” beginner area is perfect for children with little or no ski experience. Complete with its own slow-moving chair lift, gentle slope and cafe, you can easily spend a whole day learning here. For the intermediate skier, there are over 30 groomed trails with bumps, drops and bowls. For the advanced, 24 black runs and the “Black Magic” backcountry area supply no short amount of adventure.
On the south-western slopes of Mount Ruapehu you’ll find this ski resort boasting the highest chair lift in the country: the High Noon Express. Intermediate riders can take full advantage of connecting runs that reach the highest point on the resort through the High Noon Express lift, while advanced skiers have two backcountry ski areas with their own lifts for their playground. Turoa also provides two beginner areas, Alpine Meadows and Wintergarden complete with carpet lift, a restaurant, and toboggan area.
Winter is short in the southern part of the world, so be sure to take full advantage and get out into some snow and cold. Now you’ve got some great ideas for your next ski holiday, don’t forget to arrange travel insurance. Get a quote today or call us on 1300 819 888 to discuss your requirements.
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