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