From families taking advantage of kids’ clubs, to the après skier who wants to party, to powder-hounds seeking an off-piste adventure or some heli skiing, more people than ever are heading to the snow for their holidays.
It’s easy to see why: the freshness of the snow-fields, the rush of flying down the slopes, the beauty of alpine towns, the cozy culture, and the pumping nightlife.
Before you head off, though, you need to pick from one of the 2000 ski resorts around the globe, which, even for the well-seasoned, can be a little overwhelming.
Luckily, you’ve landed on the right page. Whether you’re thinking Japan, New Zealand, Europe. Australia, the US or Canada, we’ve got all the info you need to make your next ski holiday the best one possible.
Japan’s popularity has risen dramatically in recent years. If you're looking for unbeatable snow, as well as a memorable cultural experience, Japan promises some of the driest snow on earth. It’s also a great destination for food and, of course, volcanic hot spring baths (onsens).Read more
Adventure seekers will love New Zealand. As well as reliable snow dumps and fewer crowds than other places in the world, New Zealand skiing offers incredible vistas and thrills aplenty. This particularly true of Queenstown - dubbed the ‘adventure capital of the world’.Read more
Staying close to home is a great option, particularly with a family. Australian snowfields offer premium snow-making technology and top-notch skiing lessons - not to mention being great for kids. Additionally, there’s the prevalence of on-mountain accommodation, unlike many resorts in New Zealand.Read more
For pros and beginners alike, you can't beat North America when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. As well as enormous amounts of dry, fine snow and high tree-lines, the superior organisation and service you'll find across Canada and the US almost guarantee a great holiday experience.Read more
This is where apres-ski culture was born. So whether you're all about snowfields or the entertainment surrounding it, Europe offers both in spades. With postcard views, iconic peaks, picturesque villages, and an enviable nightlife, ski culture has been cultivated here for decades, making it a default destination for pros and first-timers alike.Read more
Official ski seasons change from year to year, so it's important to research the exact dates for the year in which you plan to travel. Within Europe, for instance, dates differ between countries as well as individual resorts. As a rough guide, these are the ideal times for the following destinations:
Find out more about New Zealand ski resorts.
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Find out more about Japanese ski resorts.
"Skiing" and "budget" aren’t two words that necessarily go together, but there are several ways you can be smart with your cash. Here are our top tips for a champagne ski holiday on a beer budget.
Find accommodation in the valley rather than on the mountain. Self-catered apartments are much cheaper than chalets, and give you the option to cook for yourself.
And avoid school holidays if possible. Remember there will be excellent resort discounts if you can be flexible with when you travel.
This is when the greatest savings can be made. If you're in the middle of the pack, you’ll get the same deals as everyone else. i.e. None.
This is a must, particularly with cheap flights. Fees can add up fast, especially when you're carrying ski and snow gear.
These might not seem the 'coolest', but package deals can save you a bucket because of deals between suppliers.
Just tossing up the idea of going skiing? The earlier you get on a mailing list, the more likely you’ll get deals for ski passes.
Buying it at a resort is expensive. Very expensive. If you can, borrow ski gear or buy it second hand, and use your savings for apres-ski.
Some resorts either let children ski free or have discount deals. These options usually mean more kids too, so they'll have a better time.
Skiing and snowboarding often requires a 'snow/winter option' when buying your travel insurance. If something happens, you’ll save loads with the right cover.
If your policy includes family emergency as a provision, and your child (who is travelling with you) becomes sick, you may be able to claim for curtailment or cancellation of the remainder of a trip, whichever is higher (you can’t claim for both).
If you have purchased a Winter Sports Pack, and, as a result of your injury or illness, you’re not able to utilise the full duration of your pre-booked and pre -paid ski passes, ski hire, tuition fees or lift passes, you’ll have provision to claim for the unused costs of pre-booked lessons, ski passes, ski hire, etc. for each insured person.
If you’ve purchased a Winter Sport Pack
We will pay for either:
a) the cost of transport to the nearest resort; or
b) the cost of additional ski passes.
However, you’ll only have provision to claim if you go skiing within certain time periods. Please see the PDS for more details
If you have a Winter Sports Pack and your snowboard, skiis, or any other winter sports equipment is lost, stolen or damaged, (while not in use), then there is provision to claim.
If you simply aren’t watchful of your ski equipment, we aren’t able to provide coverage for luggage and personal belongings that are classed as unattended and unsupervised.
For a full definition of what is defined as unsupervised and unattended, please check the PDS for details.
We provide cover for off-piste skiing and snowboarding, as long as it is within a short distance from designated areas of ski resort boundaries, on groomed terrain that is open and patrolled by the ski resort. If slopes are not patrolled, we won’t be able to cover you.
We do not cover backcountry skiing due to the high risk of skiing in a sparsely inhabited, rural region over ungroomed and unmarked slopes. However, it is always advisable to stay within resort boundaries where the slopes are patrolled.
Our policy states that any claim arising from being intoxicated, or under the influence of liquor or drugs — except those prescribed by a medical adviser — will not be covered.
We have a 24/7 emergency medical assistance to assist you whenever you need help.
If you want to be covered for medical evacuation and you’re taking part in ski or snow sports, it’s advisable to purchase the Winter Sports Pack add-on at the time of purchase to be covered for medical evacuation.
In an emergency where you need to be evacuated, we advise that you, a member of your travelling party, or a family member call our medical assistance team as soon as possible.
If you are covered, they will liaise with the treating hospital to provide written guarantees of payment where possible for reasonable expenses, and to approve medical evacuation if you are out of the country, and evacuation is deemed necessary.
For minor ailments, such as those that only require a GP visit, you may attend the doctor, pay for your visit upfront and then submit your claim either from overseas or once you return home.
Make sure that you keep all receipts and reports from your treating doctor, including the diagnosis and treatment notes and any other documents. If your total cost of treatment will exceed $1,000 you MUST contact our medical assistance team as soon as possible.
If you are still uncertain about what to do in relation to an injury or illness, please contact our medical assistance team and they will assist you.