Winter is a season for having fun in the snow, at least in the northern hemisphere, and since Christmas holiday is behind us, let us look into some recommendations on where to spend some time to cheer up during these cold days. Some of these locations are chosen as something that would be unusual to every day skiing enthusiast. Enjoy!
Niseko Ski resort, Hokaido, Japan
Not a first choice, probably, for skiers from Europe or the US, but Niseko is well known in Asia for top ski experience. It is officially number one ski resort in Japan. It is actually four ski resorts interlinked: Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, Niseko Village and An’nupuri.
There are slopes for all skill levels and ski lessons are offered at every resort. Abundant, high quality snow is available throughout the ski season.
Yabuli Ski Resort, Harbin, China
While we are in Asia, we recommend another very popular ski destination: Yabuli Ski Resort, near Harbin, China. This is China’s largest ski resort and it is promoted internationally as the best ski experience in China. You can also visit Harbin’s snow and ice festival while you are there.
Levi Ski Resort, Lapland, Finland
Not only you will enjoy skiing and snow fun, you will chase northern lights and also visit Santa’s village. It doesn’t get better than that! Also, you will be able to learn about the culture of the indigenous Sami people. So, fun and knowledge, it does get better. 🙂
Swiss Alps: Aletsch Arena, Saas-Fee, Zermatt
OK, when we said that we wanted to list unusual choice of skiing destinations, Swiss Alps are definitely not unusual. Swiss and Swiss Alps are synonyms with snow and skiing and is commonly the first choice when deciding on high quality skiing experience. Not only high end skiing experience, but breathtaking scenery is included. 🙂
Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates
You probably didn’t expect this one, as Dubai is in United Arab Emirates and it is located on a desert outskirt and average temperatures in winter are around 25 C (77 F). Not to mention that never snows in Dubai (except on few occasions, most recently in 2015 and 2017 and snow doesn’t last). The secret is in indoor skiing venue, Ski Dubai, 22,500 square meters of skiing experience, as a part of Mall of Emirates. You can go for a skiing in the middle of Dubai hot summer, on the way to your favorite beach!
Safe travels and happy skiing!