Skiing in the Southern Hemisphere

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Skiing in the Southern Hemisphere

If you are finding the weather in Hong Kong too hot and humid and fancy getting away to a cooler climate, why not head down to the Southern Hemisphere and enjoy the fresh, cold, snowy air of New Zealand, Australia, Chile or Argentina to get your ski fix over the summer period.

CK Ski has put together their top picks of ski resorts in the Southern Hemisphere and has included travel tips, local activities and stand out reasons to visit. Do contact us if you need any more information or help planning your ski trip. We are happy to help!

 

Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ

Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ

Treble Cone, New Zealand

A personal favourite from CK Ski’s Director, Kirsty Mullens, who spent 3 seasons hurtling down the slopes of Treble Cone and received her ski instruction qualification with The Rookie Academy. Located near the picturesque town of Wanaka, in the South Island, Treble Cone provides the most exhilarating skiing and snowboarding conditions in the country. Spread over three large basins, TC has a number of natural pipes, chutes and ungroomed powder, making it perfect terrain for the more advanced skier. Beginner slopes are provided at the base area, where there is a large, wide gentle slope.

If you’d like to try Heli-skiing, CK Ski recommends Harris Mountain Heli-Ski providing unforgettable experiences.

Season dates: 26 June- 28 September

Travel: From Hong Kong, fly to Christchurch or Queenstown via Auckland and then get a bus ride to Wanaka.

Website: treblecone.com

 

Image supplied courtesy of Perisher Ski Resort

Image supplied courtesy of Perisher Ski Resort

Perisher, Australia

Perisher is located in New South Wales and is one of the largest ski areas in the Southern Hemisphere, providing a variety of terrain for all levels of skier or snowboarder. With over 3,000 acres over four ski areas, Perisher is ideal for families. It is also renowned for its extra ski activities, including night skiing on Tuesdays and Saturdays, or snow tubing on groomed snow lanes providing fun for all ages.

Season dates: 7 June to 5 October

Travel: Fly to Canberra via Sydney from Hong Kong and then get a 2-hour transfer to the resort.

Website: perisher.com.au

 

Image supplied courtesy of Valle Nevado resort

Image supplied courtesy of Valle Nevado resort

Valle Nevado, Chile

Valle Nevado, translated “snowy valley”, is located only 90 minutes from Santiago, making it convenient for people who want to combine a city and ski break. French businessmen built it in 1988, so you might recognize the similarity between this ski area the other European resorts. It is part of the 3 Valleys in the Andes and is linked to El Colorado and La Parva so make sure you ski in all the areas to get the full experience. The ski area is large (900 hectares of terrain) and is ideal for beginners and intermediate level of skier/boarder, wanting to cruise down wide, open runs.

Season Dates: 13 June – 27 September

Travel: From Hong Kong, Fly to Santiago via Dallas and then it is a short 90 min transfer to the resort.

Website: vallenevado.com/en/

 

Credit: Ski Portillo

Credit: Ski Portillo

Ski Portillo, Chile

If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, then CK Ski would highly recommend trying The Portillo ski area, which is renowned for it’s historical beauty and steep slopes. There are only three private hotels in the area, the most famous is the bright yellow Hotel Portillo, providing an all-inclusive service, located directly on the slopes and offering a convenient ski in/ski out experience. Do not expect to find shops, cafes or bars as there is no ski town in sight! Everything is provided by the hotel. Average snowfall is around eight metres per season and there is 80% chance of sun, so perfect conditions for snowsports enthusiasts.

Season Dates: June 21 to 4 October

Travel: From Hong Kong, Fly to Santiago via Dallas and then it is a 2 hour transfer to the resort.

Website: skiportillo.com

 

Cerro Catedral, Argentina

Head to Cerro Catedral in Argentina to enjoy the spectacular views of the snow-capped Andes mountain. Named after the peaks the resemble a gothic church, Cerro Catedral is the most developed ski resort in South America. A complete contrast to Ski Portillo, this ski resort is busy and packed full of bars, restaurants and hotels, providing a full village feel. Adrenaline junkies should head there for the tree- skiing, terrain parks and lots of off-piste.

Season Dates: June 18- October 10

Travel: Fly to Buenos Aires and then a short flight to Bariloche. Cerro Catedral is 20km away from the airport.

Website: catedralaltapatagonia.com

We’re here to help, so please contact us if you want more information.

Image supplied courtesy of Valle Nevado

Image supplied courtesy of Valle Nevado

Credit- Ski Portillo

Credit- Ski Portillo

Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ

Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ

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