Skiing in the Southern Hemisphere
By Viator, February 2015
Cardrona, on the South Island of New Zealand, often gets press for being a great beginners mountain. Lots of green and blue slopes for those not too advanced and who like to take it a bit easy on the runs. Still, they boast a great overall mountain, stunning views typical of New Zealand, and with a new express chair lift and half-pipe run, there’s plenty for everybody.
In New South Wales, you’ll probably find yourself heading to Thredbo for its diverse array of both winter and summer sports, as it boasts the steepest overall terrain of any Australian resort. Summertime has everybody flying down the mountain by way of mountain bikes – a relatively new and very popular way to enjoy the mountain in summertime, and as exciting an adventure as you’re likely to come by. Turn winter, the park transforms into a skiing and snowboarding wonderland, where new-age tricks and hot-dogging are the name of the game.
Perisher, another Aussie mainstay, is widely loved for its European-style accommodation and for being the largest ski resort in Australia. Encompassing four mountains in one resort, at Perisher, there’s something for everybody, even those who just want to cuddle-up fireside or enjoy the vast array of restaurants, bars, and even shopping boutiques.