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Bamyan, Afghanistan

Tucked away in the snow covered mountains of Hindu Kush is Bamyan. It doesn’t have any ski lifts, mountain restaurants or hot tubs, but it has miles of untouched pistes ready to be explored. Groups of British tourists are now burning calories by hiking to the top of the mountain in order to enjoy dry powder and virgin snow.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tiffindell, South Africa

Tiffindell can boast having the 19th best ski run in the world thanks to CNN Travel. Its season last from June to August and if the snow doesn’t arrive in droves – the resort make it. This South African resort on Ben McDhui mountain, which features all the resort essentials, also plays hosts to the South African Masters Championships in July.

 

 

Gulmarg, India

Featuring the highest ski lift in the world, Gulmarg is a must visit for talented skiers. From the 25 December, when the resort opens, visitors can expect to play on deep, powder filled ungroomed runs. They even offer heliskiing, but whether you catch a ride in the heli or not, we’re sure you’ll find some breathtaking skiing.

 

 
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Mzaar, Lebanon

This ski resort just an hour outside of Beirut is a real find. Expect to find a blanket of snow over groomed pistes. Ski out of the back of the InterContinental Mzaar Hotel & Spa to your private ski lift that takes you to the top of the mountain. City dwellers will drive up to the mountain during the day, then party the night away in Beirut.

 

 

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From $10,500 pp

Canadian Heli-Ski Adventure

Whistler & Ski British Columbia

  • Enjoy heli-skiing in the wilderness of Northern British Columbia

  • Witness the snowy landscapes in Canada from above with a helicopter ride

  • Stay in comfortable lodgings with hot tubs and saunas

  • Dine on local cuisine and enjoy après-ski activities

  • Benefit from top-quality equipment and professional heli-ski guides

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 8 nights

From $6,230 pp

Classic Finland

Helsinki Finnish Lapland

  • Discover the highlights of Helsinki on a private guided tour

  • Look for the Northern Lights from your private glass igloo

  • Hit the slopes at the vibrant ski resort of Levi

  • Visit the SnowVillage and enjoy a meal in the ice restaurant

  • Explore the landscape on reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 8 nights

From $1,950 pp

Winter in Whistler

Whistler & Ski British Columbia

  • Enjoy a fun family skiing trip in North America’s best ski destination

  • Glide down the exhilarating slopes of Blackcomb Mountain

  • Easy weary muscles in a soothing hot tub

  • Explore the snowy canopy on a zipline eco-tour

  • Entertain the kids with ski school and cookery classes

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 7 nights
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