Even though the ski/snowboard season in the Northern Hemisphere is just starting, it’s never too early to start dreaming of more skiing. Have you already skied the best resorts in US? Hit the slopes in the Swiss and French Alps? Looking for a bigger adventure? Then head south! That’s right, the Southern Hemisphere, from New Zealand to Chile, has some of the best skiing in the world. Come explore these amazing ski locations with us and take a look at our Ski Packages!

New Zealand

There are two amazing itinerary options for New Zealand. The first is staying in Wanaka for 8 days, while the second is a mixture of both Wanaka and Queenstown!

Wanaka for 8 Days

Day 1: Arrive Queenstown – Wanaka
Meet on arrival followed by a private transfer to Wanaka. Depart the picturesque resort town of Queenstown and make your way to the lakeside town of Wanaka.

Edgewater Hotel: Lake View One Bedroom Apartment for 7 nights including full breakfast daily
This property is located beside one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Wanaka. With lawns stretching right to the water’s edge, the hotel is nestled within the spectacular Southern Alps in the South Island. Guests choose from hotel, suite or apartment style accommodation, all with spectacular views of the surrounding lawns, gardens, Lake Wanaka and beyond.

Day 2-7: Wanaka
Your rental car will be delivered to your hotel this morning.

Over the next six days in Wanaka, enjoy four days of skiing or snowboarding (or a mix of the two) at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Resort and two days at leisure to enjoy the various other activities the region has to offer. You can ski on consecutive days or spread the ski days out as you wish.
This includes: Lift pass (access to all mountain lifts at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone), gear hire (either ski, poles, and boots or snowboard and boots, helmet, goggles, gloves (to keep), wrist guard (snowboarders only), jacket & pants), return shared shuttle transfer from Edgewater Hotel to the ski resort. Services may be used on consecutive or non-consecutive days.

With your tickets, you have the choice to ski either at two ski fields – Cardrona and Treble Cone. They are two distinctly different mountains, both with their own unique offering.

Cardrona Alpine Resort: Founded in 1980, Cardrona welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all ages and ability levels – from first timers and families to Olympic and X-Games athletes. Cardrona is renowned for wide, open slopes that are home to some of New Zealand’s best learner facilities, and the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain parks and halfpipes. Cardrona is the home of the NZ Park and Pipe Team and each year hosts some of the biggest winter events, including Winter Games NZ, FIS World Cup freestyle competitions and the Jossi Wells Invitational.

Treble Cone: This is the home of skiing in Wanaka, founded back in 1968 by local ski enthusiasts. It is the largest ski area in the South Island in both terrain and vertical meters. Famed for its challenging steeps, natural halfpipes and legendary off-piste terrain, Treble Cone sits firmly on the bucket list of many intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Treble Cone is also the home of the New Zealand Freeride Team and is the training ground for Freeride World Tour athletes. It offers one of the world’s best skiing backdrops, which breathtaking views of Lake Wanaka and the Matukituki Basin.

Due to its location at the southern tip of Lake Wanaka with the Southern Alps as a backdrop, Wanaka is a fantastic outdoor playground. On your leisure days choose from activities such as an eco tour to Mou Waho Island in Lake Wanaka, or a spectacular jetboat ride to Mount Aspiring National Park on the braided Matukituki River. Another, less physical way to see the region is by off-road excursion to one of the iconic high country stations. If you simply can’t get enough of Wanaka’s panoramic views, book in for a skydive or scenic helicopter flight.

Day 8: Wanaka – Depart Queenstown
Self-drive from Wanaka to the Queenstown Airport. On arrival at Queenstown airport, drop off your rental car and check in for your departure flight.

Wanaka and Queenstown for 9 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Queenstown – Wanaka
Meet on arrival followed by a private transfer to Wanaka. Depart the picturesque resort town of Queenstown and make your way to the lakeside town of Wanaka.

Edgewater Hotel: Lake View One Bedroom Apartment for 5 nights including full breakfast daily

Days 2-5: Skiing or Snowboarding at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone
Over the next four days in Wanaka, enjoy three days of skiing or snowboarding (or a mix of the two) at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Resort and one day at leisure to enjoy the various other activities the region has to offer.

See above Wanaka itinerary for skiing descriptions.

Day 6: Wanaka – Queenstown
Receive a private transfer from your Wanaka accommodation to your Queenstown hotel.

The Rees Apartment Hotel: One Bedroom Lake View Apartment for 3 nights including full breakfast daily and complimentary shuttle service to/from Queenstown center
Showcasing breathtaking panoramic lake and mountain views, this sophisticated property is conveniently located just a gentle lakeside walk from Queenstown’s town center. Boasting luxurious accommodation options including hotel rooms, apartments and 5 Lake Front Residences, all offer full service, complimentary Wi-Fi, free movies, a fine dining onsite restaurant, an extensive wine cellar, purpose-built gymnasium, complimentary ski lockers, spa treatment services, library and private jetty.

Days 7-8: Skiing or Snowboarding at Coronet Peak
Over the next two days in Queenstown, enjoy one more day of skiing or snowboarding at Coronet Peak Ski Resort and one day at leisure to enjoy the various other activities the region has to offer.
This includes: Lift pass (access to all mountain lifts at Coronet Peak Ski Resort), gear rental (ski, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots, jacket, goggles, gloves, jacket & pants), return shuttle transfer from accommodation to ski resort

Coronet Peak Ski Resort opened in 1947 as New Zealand’s first commercial ski field. For this reason, it has led the way ever since, pioneering night skiing in New Zealand and New Zealand’s longest ski day with First Tracks. Uniquely situated, Coronet Peak is only 25 minutes from central Queenstown to experience the South Island’s longest day on the slopes. From 1,649 meters the legend that is Coronet Peak ski field starts you off with a spectacular outlook of lakes, mountains and rolling farmland, then takes everything up a notch with a ski buzz few mountains ever achieve. From die-hard locals stopping off for a few runs on the way to work to ski teams from around the world in training and holiday-makers happy to cruise, the 280 hectares of the terrain is like an extension of Queenstown’s renowned atmosphere.

Queenstown and its surrounds are a true outdoor playground with much to offer for adrenaline-seekers, the active, wine lovers, and families alike. Known as the adventure capital of the world, thrill-seekers have an abundance of options to choose from such as bungy jumping, sky diving, zip lining and so much more. If you feel more comfortable on the ground, activities are plentiful too. From cycling tours and hikes to 4×4 safaris, Lord of the Rings tours, vineyard experiences and scenic cruises on Lake Wakatipu.

Day 9: Depart Queenstown
Say goodbye to this amazing country and enjoy a private transfer to the airport.

Chile for 8 Days

Day 1: Arrive Santiago
Arrive at Santiago International Airport where you will be met and transferred privately to your hotel.

Pullman Santiago Vitacura: For 2 nights including breakfast daily
Pullman Santiago Vitacura is located in exclusive Vitacura, steps from Bicentennial Park and well connected with motorways, the financial district and tourist points. Spacious, comfortable rooms with king or queen size bed, free WIFI, TV, AC, workspace and great views of the city or Los Leones Golf Club. Featuring breakfast, a bar and restaurant for lunch/dinner, gym and outdoor pool. Vitacura is an exclusive neighborhood with restaurants, bars & retail on Av. Alonso de Córdova near Bicentennial Park with running routes, kids’ games & lagoons. Parque Arauco Mall and Costanera Center. Cerro San Cristóbal is a must-see attraction. Visitors are surprised with a beautiful view of the Andes Mountains, especially at sunset. Also visit the Historic Center, the Sky Costanera and La Chascona.

Day 2: Santiago
After breakfast enjoy a half day tour to the Maipo valley, the rural area surrounding Santiago and home to much of the country’s wine history and tradition. Drive towards the Andes Mountains where vineyards fill the foothills. Walk through the piedmont vines with your host and taste some of the outstanding wines of the Maipo valley.

Day 3-6: Santiago – Valle Nevado
After breakfast, receive a private transfer where you will be taken to the Valle Nevado Ski Resort, a year-round mountain resort. Take the opportunity to begin skiing before checking into your hotel.

Over the next 5 days, enjoy a five day unlimited ski/snowboard pass. Valle Nevado, the largest ski resort in South American with the highest ski trails in Chile is about 30 miles from Santiago and has excellent snow quality due to its height and excellent climate. The Resort is located in the heart of the Andes, offering more than 22,980 acres of terrain suitable for skiing and a total of more than 23 miles of slopes divided by degree of difficulty, with a large number of black slopes being the most demanding.
This includes: Lift tickets, equipment rental including boots, skis, sticks or snowboard, and 4 lunches & 4 dinners at Valle Nevado Ski Resort

Hotel Puerta del Sol: North Room for 4 nights including breakfast daily
The Hotel Puerta del Sol is perfect for families, friends and couples. Rooms face north (ski terrain view) with outdoor terraces, or south (resort view) with a bay window. The hotel is centrally located and has direct access to the outdoor pool, as well as a Kids Zone, internet center, the Bar Puerta del Sol, and the Mirador del Plomo restaurant. Guestrooms that face north come with terraces overlooking the resort and outdoor pool.

Day 7: Valle Nevado – Santiago
Spend your last day skiing before receiving a transfer back to Santiago.

Pullman Santiago Vitacura: For 1 night including breakfast.

Day 8: Depart Santiago
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport in a private transfer for your flight home.

To book your next ski trip to New Zealand please contact Ksusha. To book your next Chilean ski adventure, please contact Jacky.

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