31. May, 2010

Take a Ski Trip to New Zealand

If you decide to take a skiing trip or a sightseeing trip, New Zealand has many ski areas to attract you. You will find the Southern Alps extending down the South Island, and a gigantic snow covered volcano in the North part of New Zealand. You will have no problem finding a place to sightsee or ski on your holiday.

New Zealand does not have lifts with warmed seats or 5 star restaurants on the slopes, so you should not expect those amenities. However, you will find excellent ski slopes without frills or funky ski suits.

If you are looking for fun and adventure, you can wind your way up the steep dirt and gravel roads on your way to the ski slopes. Watch out for the drop offs! Cardrona has a few apartments and in the North Island, Whakapapa has lodges, but other than that, there the commercial ski areas do not have housing.

New Zealand is the opposite of ski areas in North America or Europe. There aren’t any ski villages at the foot of the mountain. However, you will be able to find a café, a shopping area, a business that you can rent your ski equipment, and a place to buy your lift tickets.

The ski slopes are amazing. Although they are smaller than North American ski resorts and slopes, the amount of open space is quite large. The ground is completely open since the ski space is above the tree line. When you are skiing, you will find half pipes, abrupt declines, troughs, wide rolling bowls and cliffs. New Zealand ski slopes have numerous natural landscape features, so you can ski and play to your heart’s content. If you are after a quieter holiday, you can use the beginner’s slopes.

Cardrona and Snow Park both have renowned terrain parks in the South Island, and both have half pipes, and gigantic hits. Many North American skiers train at Wanaka for various skiing and snowboarding events.

You can’t top the amazing view from the ski slopes. You can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere with friendly ski staff. Before you start skiing, check with Ski Patrol, and be sure you bring avalanche gear. If you get bold, make sure you know exactly what you are doing.

New Zealand skiing is worth the trip if you enjoy skiing or snowboarding. You will find club fields in Canterbury, such as Glen Plake. You will find magnificent ski areas in the South Island, namely in the Wanaka and Queenstown. In the North Island, Mt. Ruapehu is an active volcano you can ski or snowboard on. If you feel like hiking, you can ski by the crater lake.

Try to obtain reasonably priced tickets because New Zealand is a great affordable place to spend your beautiful and amazing snow holiday.