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From iconic Canadian ski resorts like Banff and traditional European ski villages like Innsbruck to the unique southern hemisphere vibe of the Mt Hotham and Queenstown ski fields, we have a ski holiday that will suit you down to your boots.
Great skiing is closer than you think
There are plenty of reasons why skiing in Japan is hot this season - hot baths after skiing, noodle huts, excellent lagers and orderly queues to name a few. Get on the fast train straight from Tokyo and straight into deep, dry champagne powder in less than four hours.
Depending on the ski resort, the Japanese ski season generally runs from early December to early April. Choose from a huge range of ski resorts including Niseko, Furano, Hakuba, Shiga, Kogen, Nozawa, Onsen, Yuzawa, Naeba and Minakami.
Most of the ski regions are easily accessible from Tokyo or Osaka via Japan's famous Shinkansen or bullet train, car, or internal flights. With the small time difference between Australia and Japan, you won't have to worry about jetlag this ski holiday.
Enjoy a good variety of resorts across the country, many conveniently located within one hour from Seoul. Depending on the ski resort, the South Korean ski season generally runs from early December to early May.
South Korea's main ski resort is Yongpyong Resort, located on the Eastern Coast of South Korea. It is fast becoming a ski resort of international standards with an abundance of fresh powder and excellent facilities. Yongpyong Resort has more than 25kms of groomed slopes with 15 chairs lifts, a 3.7km gondola and a terrain park.
Other South Korean resorts include: Mujiu Skiing Resort, Phoenix Park, Hyundai Sungwoo Resort, Seoul Ski Resort, Suanbo Sajo Resort, Yangji Pine Resort, Jisan Forest skiing Resort, Bears Town Resort, Daemyung Vivaldi Park, LG Ganchon Resort and Star Hill.
Most of South Korea's ski resorts are located within four hours drive from Seoul. Qantas offer a codeshare flight with Asiana Airlines direct to Seoul from Sydney once a day. Get straight onto the mountains without the worry of jetlag. There's only 1 hour difference between Seoul and Sydney.
Get back to the roots of skiing with a trip to Europe. Charming villages, magnificent mountain scenery and an après-ski scene unrivalled anywhere on the globe will keep you coming back again and again.
Austria: Austria is packed with traditional alpine village resorts, lively après-ski and an endless choice of ski and snowboard resorts catering for all levels. Plus, all Austrian resorts investing in snow-making, so you can get even more out of your ski holiday. With over 30 ski resorts in Austria, you're sure to find your perfect ski destination. Best of the bunch: St Anton, St Johann, Lech, Innsbruck and Kitzbuhel.
France: France is arguably the skiing capital of Europe with too many resorts to mention. The French Alps and the Pyrenees are the two ski regions of France, with more than 400 mountain resorts in the Alps alone. With a height of up to 3300m above sea level, French ski resorts operate a long season with skiing starting in late autumn and ending early May. Best of the bunch: Chamonix, Courchevel, Meribel, Val d'Isere, Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Praz-de-Lys / Sommand and La Chapelle d'Abondance.
Italy: Perhaps not quite as famous as other European ski resorts, Italy offers some large but charming resorts with an easy-going atmosphere. The Dolomites and the Milky Way ski regions offer hundreds of kilometres of lift-linked slopes.
Best of the bunch: Sauze d'Oulx, Sestrière, Val Gardena, Santa Cristina (Val Gardena), Selva Gardena, Madonna di Campiglio, La Thuile and Bardonecchia.
Switzerland: The home of the world's first-ever recorded 'winter ski holiday' took place in St Moritz, Switzerland and the first proper lifts for skiers were built in Switzerland making it one of the most important countries in the development of modern skiing. It also offers the highest skiing in Europe with spectacular scenery! Best of the bunch: Grindelwald, Gstaad/Saanenland, Murren, Verbier, Zermatt, Arosa, Davos, Klosters, St. Moritz, Interlaken and Wengen.
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It's easy to see how skiing in Canada has earned its iconic status - world class resorts, bountiful snow and a laidback culture which matches the sport of skiing perfectly. They're also reasonably priced, easy to get to and offer a wealth of surrounding activities like hiking trails, great restaurants and top hotels.
Alberta: Discover raw, spectacular beauty and a sense of wilderness at resorts like Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise.
British Columbia: With long virgin powder runs, snowcat skiing, heliskiing and 'ski safari' road, its easy to see how the resorts of Kicking Horse, Big White, Fernie, Revelstoke, Red and Whistler have earned their iconic status.
However you like to ski, you will find it in North America. From sophisticated ski towns to laid back family resorts to high octane party zones, there is something for everyone in North America.
California: Discover eco-friendly skiing at resorts such as Heavenly, Mammoth Mountain, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Sierra-at-Tahoe and Ski Lake Tahoe.
Colorado: Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of some of the world's most luxurious ski resorts including Aspen/Snowmass, Copper Mountain Resort, Crested Butte Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Winter Park Resort.
Utah: Expect pure powder heaven at Utah's resorts of Canyons, Deer Valley Resort, Park where falls of up to 42 feet of snow are commonplace each winter.
There's nothing quite like New Zealand's South Island for a uniquely southern hemisphere ski experience, home to the magnificent Southern Alps. Discover a spectacular range of ski experiences, from the beginner to the black run, to suit all types of skiers.
Mt Hutt (Methven): It's a clear view all the way to the Pacific Ocean from this world class resort in the heart of high country Southern Alps. Experienced skiers will enjoy one of the largest vertical drops in the South Island and the greatest variety of terrain ranging from long, super wide groomed runs to double black diamond chutes.
Coronet Peak (Queenstown): 20 minutes from Queenstown, Coronet Peak offers a stunning new base building with fantastic facilities and magnificent views. Enjoy roller coaster terrain with a strong family program, regular live music and a range of world class events.
The Remarkables (Queenstown): A natural choice for beginners, novices, youth and families, The Remarkables offers a high alpine location, north facing sunny aspect, fantastic terrain parks, great snow and friendly, relaxed nature.
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Don't leave without travel insurance
No ski trip is complete without travel insurance. QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited offers a range of travel insurance policies to suit different requirements with 'snow sports' cover offered as an additional extra, plus Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 1 point per A$1 spent on insurance policies+. Use your Points to pay for travel insurance. Book travel insurance now.
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