Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ski Resorts of the World

With ski season well and truly upon us, Rachael Oakes-Ash for The Age Travel Blog takes a look at skiing options around the world...

The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to ski for under a $100 a day, meals and accommodation included. Okay, that may mean bunking with friends in top-to-toe formation but it can be done.

The obvious place to start is the clubfields of New Zealand. Where else in the world can you bed down for five nights, ski for six days and have breakfast, lunch and dinner all included for NZ$610? Yes, Temple Basin. You'll find similar deals at Cheeseman, Craigieburn, Broken River and Mt Olympus. The Licence to Chill Pass offers super deals for 12 clubfields. When travelling the clubfields expect bunk beds and mayhem and leave your lipstick at home, this is a no-frills zone.

It would be unAustralian of me not to mention Japan. The obvious choice is Niseko otherwise known as Nis Vegas, Perisher with Sushi or Bali on the snow for the abundance of ocker accents each January. Lift prices in Japan have risen from the heady days of AU$40 lift prices but that's more to do with the exchange rate than inflated pricing.

Club Med in Sahoro in the centre of the northern island of Hokkaido still offers an all-inclusive family experience with all meals, all snacks, wine, beer, soft drinks, nightly entertainment, kids clubs, lift passes, lift lessons and more. If you can cope with the French version of a stationary Love Boat and are prepared to leave all inhibitions at the door then you won't find better value.

Those in the know have already headed to Hakuba in the Nagano district and beyond on the main island of Honshu. Various Australian companies such as Liquid Adventures have set up super cheap accommodation to match the lift passes.

To read Rachael's rundown on North American and European skiing visit The Age Travel Blog

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