New Destinations Coming Soon
There are so many amazing places around the world where you can still find great snow and have an amazing cultural experience. We have a long wish-list of places that we want to go and explore. If they work out, then we will offer these new destinations to our clients as soon as possible. Watch this space and please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to go to any of these places. We’ll take you there!
Chile (coming 2016!)
High altitudes mean plenty of dry, light powder. Hola!
El Arpa Cat Skiing – In-expensive cat skiing with amazing views and huge amounts of vertical.
Termas De Chillan – 10 minutes of hiking gives access to 890 vertical meters of open backcountry bowls.
Antillanca – Volcano-based resort with some great backcountry touring.
Portillo – High elevation with plenty of dry pow-pow!
Many excellent resorts line the Andes Mountains and offer great freeriding if you crave summer powder turns. Some of the biggest and best steak in the world. Yum!
Chapelco – Excellent back bowls and fun in the moss-shrouded Lenga trees.
Las Lenas – Some of the best big mountain terrain in the Southern Hemisphere.
Bariloche – The second most extensive resort in South America with plenty of off-piste options.
Cerro Bayo – Includes a 720 vertical metre off-piste bowl and beautiful views of the Patagonia lakes.
La Hoya – A huge amount of advanced terrain is available, especially to those who like to hike a little.
Japan (coming 2016!)
‘Japow’ gets some of the deepest snow in the world and some resorts can average over 14m a season. Moisture pools in the Sea of Japan and is cooled by the cold air-masses coming in from Siberia. Result = tons of snow. The riding is split into 2 distinct areas: the northern island of Hokkaido, with it’s amazing tree skiing and HUGE dumps of snow; and the southern island of Honshu with the Japanese Alps in Hakuba and snow monkeys. Here’s our picks for the best powder.
Island of Honshu
Happo One – Number 1 in the Hakuba area for steeps with off-piste actively encouraged.
Madarao Kogen – Lots of fun with great powder and tree skiing.
Myoko Akakura – 16m average snowfall with awesome natural terrain including: gullies; drops and pillow lines
Naeba – Good snow with accessible backcountry in the Kagura and Asagi areas.
Seki Onsen – Tiny and unknown gem, a mecca for powder and off-piste.
Alpha Resort Tomamu – Riding in the trees here is actively encouraged. Large open bowl area with off-piste in abundance.
Asahidake – A single cable car gives access to epic backcountry. Hokkaido’s highest peak with almost limitless snowfalls.
Kamui Ski Links – Old lift system with an open-terrain policy and some fun pillow drops.
Niseko United – Very popular resort, especially with the Aussie’s. Probably the most Western style resort, a good place to start. Known for it’s tree skiing and awesome night skiing which is not to be missed.
Rusutsu – Long, tree-lined powder runs. A few drops and pillow lines can also be had.
Sapporo Tiene – Great off-piste for a small resort and some good options for the less-experienced powder rider.
Bulgaria – Bankso – a new, booming resort with plenty of hike-to-terrain and off-piste. Good tree skiing lower down if the snow is good. Cheap.
Poland – Zakopane – Big open bowls in the Kasprowy Wierch area. Great hike-to-terrain. Cheap.
Slovakia – Jasna – Awesome chutes in the ‘Freeride Zones’ for those craving something steeper. Also very in-expensive.
Slovenia – Vogel – Varied terrain with good off-piste access and some nice tree runs.
Has more mountainous terrain than all of the European Alps! There are plenty of amazing Kiwi resorts, but there are just as many hidden gems, locally known as ‘Club Fields’. These areas may lack in facilities but can certainly make up for in terrain and snow quality. Escape the crowds and actually save some money! Here’s our picks for NZ.
Cardrona – Plenty of snow gathering gullies and rocks and other features to play around.
Ohau – Club Field with 1 chairlift. Excellent off-piste with some good steeps.
Mt. Olympus – Massive terrain with unlimited off-piste possibilities, accessed by 4 ‘nutcracker’ rope tows, a Kiwi speciality.
Porter Heights – One of the longest vertical drops in NZ and the steepest marked run in the country (Bluff Face).
The Remarkables – Some awesome chutes and scary steeps. Good options if you like to hike.
Treble Cone – Excellent powder bowls and natural gullies to play in.
Turoa/Whakapapa – New Zealand’s largest resort with excellent off-piste when the snow is good.
Broken River, Craigieburn, Mt. Cheeseman – 3 Club Fields located on Highway 73 that are worth checking out, a couple of hours drive from Christchurch.
Home of the 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi). Some massive mountains that get a lot of snow, with little competition for the powder.
Dombai – Plenty of backcountry options exist here. Most Russians prefer to stay on the groomers so the powder tends to last for a long time.
Elberus/Cheget – The highest mountain in Europe. It receives a lot of snow and has open powder snow terrain galore.
Krasnaya Polyana – Pep Fujas called this the most extreme, lift-accessible terrain he’d ever ridden. Amazing, Alaskan style spines up high and mellow tree runs down low. It can receive a ton of snow, with regular storms rolling in from the Black Sea.
Kamchatka – Frontier-style riding on the far-eastern peninsula of Russia, should be at the top of every freerider’s bucket list. Awesome heli-skiing on countless volcanoes.
Yes, we do have snow in Australia…. Why not tag on some sight-seeing around Oz before hitting the slopes. When we have the snow, the skiing can be fun. We recommend: Mt. Hotham, Mt. Buller, Falls Creek in Victoria and Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte’s Pass in New South Wales.
Iran has some huge mountains that get a ton of snow, are super cheap and you won’t have a lot of competition to ride fresh snow. If the political situation calms down a bit, Iran will definitely start to appear on the radar. Here’s the likely looking places:
Dizin – The highest resort in Iran at over 12,900 ft. They get tons of snow and it’s super cheap. Only 2 hours from Tehran.
Shemshak – A little lower than Dizin but with long, wide runs and plenty of un-touched off-piste. Also where Iran’s students come to party. A fun town. Only 45 minutes from Tehran.
The mountains, although not quite as high as Iran (some peaks are over 3000m), are the first to be hit by all the moisture coming from the Mediterranean. Plenty of snow, friendly locals and great food. Cheap by Western standards. The best resorts are:
The Cedars – The oldest and highest resort in Lebanon. About 2 hours drive from Beirut.
Faraya Mzaar – The biggest resort in Lebanon with the most varied terrain.
Kanat Bakiche – A developing resort with a good snow record.
Cheap heli-skiing and good resort backcountry at Uludag. Take the over night train from Iran. Lot’s of amazing cultural experiences.
Norway is home to the Lyngen Alps, some of the most beautiful ski touring in the world. Otherwise try Hemsedal, Oppdal and the amazing Narvick for freeriding. Beware, Scandinavia is very expensive and very cold.
Spain has some good freeriding when conditions are good. Plus, in some areas you can ski in the morning and drive to the beach in the afternoon. Now that’s cool! We recommend, Baqueria Beret, La Molina, Astun, Cerler and Sierra Nevada.
Everyone knows about Whistler Blackcomb and the like, but there are plenty of hidden gems to go ride in Canada, eh! We like the look of Castle Mountain, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, Fernie, Whitewater and Revelstoke for our northern powder thrills.