Summer skiing solutions

Now the snow has disappeared, where should Les look for more winter fun?

Summer skiing solutions

Les would like to know whether to book a skiing holiday in Asia or North America, now that the snow has disappeared from the local ski resorts.

Q. Les

Now that the snow has disappeared from Australian and New Zealand ski resorts, I'm considering heading overseas to get my fill of winter fun. Should I look at the US or Asia? I know Asia is closer and therefore cheaper, but I worry about the safety at such resorts, as well as the obvious language and cultural differences.


Les, there are presently some excellent package deals to be had in both the Asian and US/Canadian ski fields. Whilst your hesitation in choosing to ski at some of the Asian resorts is understandable, Australians have been travelling in safety to various ski fields in Asia for many years now. You will find most ski fields have English-speaking instructors and the staff providing services to tourists have at least a rudimentary grasp of English. With a flight time of around 10-12 hours to Asia, choosing a ski field in Asia will see you hitting the slopes much sooner than in North America, and the likelihood of jetlag is reduced. 

Furano and Niseko in Japan offer some very affordable packages (for a variety of budgets), as well as China's Yabuli Ski Resort. South Korea is another Asian destination worth considering, especially in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

But if you definitely have your heart set on skiing in North America, the ski resort website can help you find the perfect skiing holiday.

For more information:

Niseko, Japan

Furano, Japan


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    9th Dec 2014
    Hi Les,

    If you are at all worried by language and cultural differences in Japan then I would recommend Niseko, at least for your first visit, rather than Furano. I have stayed and skied at both with the last 6 years in Furano so I know it fairly well. Furano is a small rural town of around 25,000 people and it remains very Japanese. In contrast Niseko is by far more westernised and you will have no language or cultural issues there. The snow is fantastic at both resorts as to which is best is a matter of personal preference.
    I have never used guides or ski instructors at Furano but I have heard that there can be language problems. As you have made this query with a "Seniors" site I am guessing that you are no teenager (I,m 75) so make sure you work on your fitness prior to your trip and safety should not be an issue. Falling in waist deep powder is easy, it's getting back up that's difficult. Japan or USA? Definitely Japan. Only one hour time difference and skiing at almost sea level I leave to you to decide.

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