AUSTRIA, EUROPE St. Anton is renowned for its slope variety, excellent snow record, Alpine food and, of course, its après. Heaven for hard core, speed-seeking skiers, there are also plenty of longer descents for those who prefer to take their time, plus its recent link-up with Lech makes it the largest ski area in Austria. Old après-favourites such as MooserWirt and Krazy Kanguruh will keep your ski-booted feet busy and you can rest your weary body after a day on the slopes in one of its many lodges, chalets and boutique hotels. Sorted.
UTAH, AMERICA The Book of Mormon gave us a certain type of impression of this swathe of America – we definitely didn’t expect to find a ski paradise in Utah. Kirsty sets us straight, explaining that Park City has combined with the neighbouring resort Canyons to create America’s largest ski zone with 7,300 acres of incredible skiing, only 35 minutes from Salt Lake City’s International Airport. Award-winning dining, flurries of familyfriendly fun and a reputation as having the ‘greatest snow on earth’ make this one to cross off your list. Check out the sights from the ski in/ski out Waldorf Astoria’s very own private gondola. Hurrah for Utah!
JAPAN, ASIA Niseko, located on Hokkaido, is the best known of Japan’s ski resorts and it can be accessed by plane directly from Sapporo, which is a two-hour drive away. Its four main areas are interlinked and covered by a single ski pass. Niseko’s snowfall is bolstered by Siberian winds which means the snow there is dry and deep, making for the ultimate in powder skiing. Be sure to go out for supper and drinks in the buzzing Hirafu district and visit the Ki Niseko Hotel’s own hot springs (or ‘onsen’ if you want to speak like the locals do) – ideal for soothing aches and post-powder pampering. A holiday that combines sushi and snow? Yes please.
Kirsty is the ski product development manager at Scott Dunn. Serious #jobgoals. scottdunn.com