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Skiing and Snowboarding

One of the greatest thrills on snow is carving beautiful turns down a mountainside, accompanied by friends or family with a picture postcard backdrop behind you. The perception of weightlessness in pristine and fluffy powder snow is a feeling that’s addictive and hard to describe.

Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding at a resort, ski touring the backcountry, cross country adventures or Heliskiing in pristine wilderness, the feeling and elation of a faultless run with speed and poise will put a huge smile on your face. No matter what your experience level, there are just such an amazing variety of ski and snowboard experiences to be had around the world. From stunning and iconic resorts in Europe and North America, to new found destinations and hidden gems, your bucket list of ski adventures will always leave you wanting more.

Those who are seasoned veterans of skiing and snowboarding, or those new to the sport or have some miles under their belt, one thing is for certain, sliding on snow is addictive and will be one of those things in life you will start making more goal lists for as you tick off the immediate ones. There are stunning and varied resorts across Europe, North America, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, South America, China, and a host of other countries that you might not have considered such as Iran, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Kashmir, Greenland, and Iceland.      

One of the best aspects of skiing or boarding is you can go with family, friends, a club, a group or on your own. You can start at 2 years old, and still be gliding down the mountain at 92. It’s a very social sport that will take you around the world looking for the next challenge. Let us show you where that destination might be!

Ability

The great thing about skiing or snowboarding is you can learn anytime and as long as you are reasonably fit and healthy, you will really enjoy the experience. As you gain more experience your bucket list of resorts, runs and locations will grow quickly! For those who are experienced and skilled the desire to continually get better and try new places is addictive and you will easily find challenges that match your ability level. Skiing and boarding offers something for everyone from raw beginners to seasoned pros.

Gear Required

If you ski or snowboard you’ll know exactly what to bring- and you will have brand preferences you love. For those new to sport, most ski resorts will rent you everything you need to get started: skis-poles/board, boots, clothing, etc. You can generally rent this equipment on-mountain or in the local town.

Bringing a good jacket/pants, warm clothes, and sunglasses/goggles can be very useful and save you time and money. For those going ski touring, a comprehensive backcountry setup is required including avalanche safety equipment, pack and if in mountainous terrain – climbing gear

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exploreGO Top Experiences

  • Tour some of the best ski resorts in Europe: Courchevel, France; Zermatt, Switzerland; Gstaad, Switzerland; Méribel, France; Verbier, Switzerland; Chamonix, France, Val-d'isére, France; St Moritz, Switzerland; St Anton, Austria; Davos, Switzerland; Kitzbühel, Austria
  • Skiing anywhere in Antarctica – a once in a lifetime experience
  • Heliski big mountain lines through deep powder in the Chugach Range or Tordrillo Alaska
  • Hut to hut ski touring journey in Europe, USA, New Zealand or South America
  • Have a total freedom experience in the hardcore ski destination of La Grave, France
  • Ski Alta in Utah for some of the best powder on earth
  • Ski tour the Haute Route through France and Switzerland
  • Chase an endless winter with Southern Hemisphere skiing in Chile or New Zealand
  • Ski an exotic location such as India, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Greenland or Gulmarg in Kashmir
  • Sail and ski in the Arctic – Svalbard, Norway
  • Heliski some of the finest snow and terrain around in British Columbia, Canada
  • Enjoy carving turns in some of the 60 feet of snow that falls annually in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Explore some of the best North American ski resorts: Whistler and Revelstoke, British Columbia; Alta and Snowbird, Utah; Aspen and Vail – Colorado; Park City, Utah; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Banff, Alberta; Mammoth Mountain, California; Breckenridge, Colorado

Best time to travel

North America - (late) November- April (some places, depending on the location extend and close down until June)

Europe - (late) November- May

New Zealand and Australia - (late) June- September (Some places in NZ are open until October)

South America -  Technically, the ski season begins mid-June to October but for best for best conditions, head on over mid-July-September

Japan - December- May (or when the huge amounts of snow stop falling)

Ski powder

exploreGO Top Tips:

  • If you’re new to a ski resort/area, grab a small trail map and keep it handy while you board or ski. When there are dozens of lifts and runs, it’s easy to get lost, or end up on the other side of the mountain to where you were hoping to be – or meet friends for lunch. Most ski resorts have good cell phone coverage, but be aware that the cold can drain your phone batteries really quickly.
  • Get an app for your phone such as Avanet. Apps like this are crowdsourced information, and include such things as the best trails, snowfall data, weather and avalanche conditions, and a whole host of other useful information when at each a specific resort or ski/board area. You can even get apps like Peakfinder that will locate and describe certain mountains or features you are looking at, in addition to a whole host of other location/GPS apps such as: GAIA GPS, Spyglass, and Maps.me.
  • If you’re new to skiing/boarding or even feeling pretty solid on your skis/board, we’d strongly suggest you get a lesson or two on arrival. This will help you adapt to the new terrain and snow conditions, and instructors are also a great source of knowledge about where to go in coming days, and maybe even find out some local tips about secret powder stashes or the best runs for that mountain/resort. Let’s face it, conditions can be variable across the world, and getting to grips with different conditions – from thigh deep powder to hardpack icy conditions – will help you master the slopes. Especially if the conditions are not what you’d normally ski/ride.

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