You’ve all seen the photos, ribbons of neon streaking through the sky high above snowy peaks, the elusive Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

They are the stuff of dreams, especially if you are into photography and the fact that they are more visible in winter and in snowy northern regions means that you can combine your love of snow with the rare chance of catching the lights. Peak activity for the Aurora is between October and March and for best viewing results the further away from permanently illuminated cities or resorts the better. With that in mind here are a few resorts where your odds of seeing this incredible phenomenon are fairly high. Good luck and send us your photos!

Narvik, Norway

Pal Jakobsen

Famous for its WW2 naval & land battle, the port of Narvik in the north of Norway is also home to a small but unique resort which overlooks the stunning Arctic fjords. The skiing is accessible directly from the town, and though there are only five lifts, you can go from almost sea level up to 1,300m, which means the runs are a decent length and gradient. Lower down the sheltered tree skiing is good for all abilities and a short walk or skin from the summit gives you access to world-class freeride steeps.

Night skiing until 8pm is available every weekday (in fact the resort only opens at 12pm during the week given the short days in winter) with more regular 10-5 at weekends. A new cable car should be completed in 2019 with better wind resistance and faster uplift.

The ski area is also one of the best spots for Aurora viewing in the area, sitting high above the port and away from the light pollution it offers fantastic views over the mountains and sea.

To get to Narvik from the UK you can fly to Oslo and then take an internal flight to the Harstad/Narvik Airport 35 miles away by road.

You can join The Ski Club's Freshtracks trip to Narvik in March for guided ski touring & Northern Lights, find out more HERE.

Saariselkä, Finland

One of few ski resorts that pops up in general ‘where to see the Northern Lights’ guides, Saariselkä is right at the top of Finland and right on the ‘Aurora Oval’ meaning that there is 75% probability of Aurora activity during peak season, as long as there is a clear sky. The downhill skiing is fairly small scale with a couple of hills (rather than mountains) hosting six lifts and around 15 slopes but if you are into cross country skiing then you will love the 200km of Nordic trails weaving through the arctic forests and round frozen lakes. Illuminate night skiing is available on both downhill and nordic trails for a unique experience under the stars and northern lights. The best accommodation for aurora hunters has to be the Kakslauttanen glass igloos which give you a full view of the night’s sky from your bed, without the chill.

Getting to Saariselkä is a bit of a trek, from the UK there are regular flights to Kittilä which is a three hour drive from resort or take an internal flight to Ivalo from Helsinki which is just 20 minutes from the resort.

Marmot Basin, Canada

Jack Fusco

The biggest of our top three Northern lights resorts, Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park boast over 80 pistes despite only having six lifts. Thanks to the ‘basin’ like geography of the ski area, the variety of terrain on offer pack a lot of punch into the Marmot bowl. In fact, there are 16 double black diamond runs as well as plenty to keep all abilities pretty happy in the tree-lined glades lower down.

As one of Canada’s northernmost major ski areas, Marmot Basin is also lucky enough to be on the edge of the ‘Aurora Oval’, making sightings of the lights fairly frequent, around once every 10 days or so. Even if you don’t see the lights, the clear skies of Alberta make it perfect for stargazing, which you can do in pro fashion at the Jasper Planetarium.

For a plush stay fit for a Queen, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s Outlook Cabin hosted our very own Monarch on her state visit in 2005 and her parents back in 1939.

Jasper is, unfortunately, the most remote of the three, four hours drive from Edmonton airport, five hours from Calgary and, if you fancy taking a scenic train journey from Vancouver, just over 19 hours!