Ski and snowboarding trips with Contiki provide the perfect marriage of thrills and serenity. Hit the slopes by day, apres with your fellow snow-seekers at sundown and sleep in stylish, comfortable and local chalets, hotels or gasthofs. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a total beginner, there’s no better way to experience some of the world’s best pistes.
Our ski and snowboarding trips are the perfect escape for the winter adrenaline-seekers.
One minute you’ll be carving up the slopes with all of the blood-pumping winter sports action you could wish for, the next you’ll be snuggling up indoors with a hot drink, gazing into backdrops of pure, ethereal white in some of the most beautiful locales in the world.
If you don’t have anyone to travel with, but still want to experience some of that winter adrenaline, we’ve got you covered. Our ski trips include many solo travelers and lots of group activities, allowing you to enjoy the slopes with fun, like minded young people and make awesome friendships along the way. So whether you’re interested in a ski trip in Austria or to go snowboarding in New Zealand, our tours have everything you need for the ideal winter getaway.
The best items to wear when skiing are: a close fitting base layer to help retain warmth, a mid-layer fleece, a waterproof ski jacket, a pair of ski trousers (or salopettes), ski socks, ski boots, waterproof gloves, suncream, a lip balm, a pair of goggles with UV protection, a wooly hat, and a helmet.
Similar to the outfit for skiing, the best items to wear when snowboarding are the following: long wool or synthetic underwear, a light fleece or wool top, ski socks, a waterproof, well-insulated jacket, waterproof pants, a pair of gloves, goggles, a neck gaiter or balaclava, and a helmet. Don't forget to apply plenty of sunscreen on your exposed skin and make sure your gear is equipped with Recco reflectors, in case you need to be rescued.
Snowboarding is a recreational winter activity that involves sliding down a snow-covered slope, while standing on a snowboard strapped to the rider's feet. Adrenaline enthusiasts have been enjoying this sport since the 1920s and in 1998 it also became a Winter Olympic Sport.
As New Zealand rests in the Southern Hemisphere, so the resorts tend to open in winter - late June to early July. However, the best time of year to go is August to September, where you'll find the best snow coverage, less crowds and peak snowfall.
No, the longest ski seasons are in Turoa and Whakapapa and they finish in the 3rd week of October. However, as New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, you could do a ski season in one of Europe's many winter resorts, fly over to New Zealand and do it all over again, allowing you to find fresh powder all year round.
New Zealand has some of the best ski fields in the world. Some of the best spots are at Christchurch and Canterbury, Queenstown and Wanaka, Mount Cook and the Central North Island.
New Zealand has an incredible ski culture, and there are plenty of places to enjoy some wintry slopes. Some of our favourites are Turoa, which allows you to ski down an active volcano - Mt Ruapehu - Whakapapa on the North Island and Treble Cone on the South.
You can see snow on the mountains in the North Island, but true wilderness runs riot on the South Island, such as on the majestic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.