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Holidays & Travel: Off piste & touring

Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris Madoc-Jones
Chris loves skiing and combines this with a passion for helping you to get the most out of your holiday.
Question:
I want a week or two of pure powder heaven and am prepared to head outside of Europe, where should I consider?
Answer:

Great idea! If possible I’d extend your trip towards the two week end of your travel window – you’ll be much more likely to catch fresh tracks!

For almost guaranteed powder look no further than the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan and in particular the resort of Niseko. There are four resort bases to choose from, all of which access one big and powdery linked ski area. It is not uncommon here for your tracks to be refilled overnight by yet another dump of snow – but beware that off piste is banned in some sections of the resort.

If you have a bit more time on your hands and a willingness to be flexible then hire an RV and take a road trip around the powder-filled resorts of British Columbia in Canada. At the very least be sure to take in Revelstoke for its huge vertical and abundant snowfall and Kicking Horse for the gnarly lines off Redemption Ridge and CPR Ridge. If time (and your budget) allows then splash out on a heli-ski or cat-ski trip in the world famous Kooteney, Monashee or Purcell Mountains.

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