What's so great about the snow?

It's fun

Snow, sunshine, and good times? What could be better! Nothing beats the feeling of hitting the slopes with your family and friends!

It's healthy

Skiing and snowboarding provide a great workout and help build strength. But even better, “the gym” is outdoors, with fresh air, huge views, and it’s fun!

Skiing and snowboarding brings families and friends together. There is always someone to share in the good times you have on the mountain!

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Ruapehu

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It is hard not to be impressed by the mammoth active volcano Mt Ruapehu, and it is home to New Zealand’s two largest ski areas Whakapapa and Turoa - which are also the North Island's only commercial ski areas.

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Porters

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Porters is an easily accessible ski area closest to Christchurch, with a family friendly focus, great for those who are enthusiastic about experiencing the snow.  Porter’s learner facilities include a Ski Mat carpet-lift which makes progression for beginners so easy. Their platter lift is a great next step up for intermediate riders to develop their skills and gain the confidence required to get to the next level.

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Snowplanet

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Located 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Auckland is Snowplanet - New Zealand’s only indoor all-year round snow resort.

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Cardrona

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There's something at Cardrona for all snow lovers; beginners, intermediates and families will be in paradise thanks to an abundance of wide open trails spread across three bowls, giving you plenty to explore.

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Dobson

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Ride your skis or snowboard on the wide open slopes at Mt Dobson this season. And at the end of the run, you can ride the Doppelmayr Triple Chairlift back to the top - a great way to rest the limbs and catch your breath.

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Treble Cone

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With 550 hectares of inbound terrain, Treble Cone is the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island. The 700m vertical rise is the longest in the Queenstown’s Southern Lakes District, creating runs like the 4km High Street / Easy Rider leg burner.

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Ohau

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Ohau in the Summer is endowed with fine weather and long daylight hours but when winter arrives it really comes to life!

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Roundhill

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Roundhill is a fantastic family ski field with breathtaking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. Learners and little ones can head to the massive beginners area featuring a platter lift and 2 beginners rope tows for a fun and gentle way to find your feet in the snow.

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What should I bring to the snow?

Details

Make check-ins at the airport or your accommodation easy by keeping any travel details together in one place. Use a travel wallet or even an old folder you have around home to make sure nothing gets misplaced.

Potions & Lotions

Sunscreen is a definite for any snow adventurer as no one enjoys a goggle tan. Lip balm and moisturiser are other must-haves as well as a first aid kit in the car, just in case!.

Snow Gear

When at home, pretend you are dressing for the mountain and that will help guide you with which gear you should pack. A range of thermals and ski socks will keep you warm and dry, so take plenty of these to last you for most of your ski holiday. For more info check out www.snowhq.com

Other Gear

Don’t forget about casual clothing either! Another warm jacket is handy to pack so you’re not in your snow jacket the whole time on and off the hill. Appropriate footwear is also important as you want shoes that aren't going to get soaked from walking around in the snow. Whatever else you pack, make sure it’s warm.

Snacks

Come prepared with snacks for on and off the mountain to keep your energy up and excitement pumping throughout your holiday. Chocolate and lollies might seem like a good idea but snacking on nuts, dried fruit or natural muesli bars are better to keep your momentum going.

Document Your Trip

The mountain provides some stunning and breathtaking scenery so bring along a camera to capture this and of course some footage of you on the slopes. This means you can relive your favourite holiday memories that you don't want to forget, long after the winter has ended.

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