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LPS Mag Oct17

N E W Z E A L A N D J A P A N Those in the know say that Japan’s skiing rivals the best runs in the world – a tall order, for sure, but to ski in Japan is to experience the sport with a touch of Asian influence. From the rolling slopes perfect for families to the challenging runs ideal for snow-venturers, Nagano is well equipped to provide world-class holidays for any visitor. Host to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, Nagano put the Japanese Alps on the map with Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium and the downhill and slalom events. Centre to this mountain resort area and home to varying terrains for skiing, snowboarding and hiking, Hakuba also offers a lively après-ski scene. For state-of-the-art luxury, book One Chalet, which can accommodate large families in its ultimate retreats. A long day on the slopes is usually met with reward of relaxing in a hot spa bath. The Japanese onsen takes this to a new level of experience. Onsen is a natural hot spring bath packed full of minerals and believed to be beneficial to skin, circulation and general health. SKI THE WORLD For those who want to be pampered after a long day of double black runs or those who seek out the finest in dining to accompany their next holiday, we pick four of the world’s most inspiring skiing destinations. Lake Louise, a distinctive turquoise lake surrounded by luxury hotels, is nearby and offers a host of impressive trails plus Back Bowls, home to the region’s most challenging skiing. This is also where to find the best lodging including the Fairmont Lake Louise, one of the original Canadian Pacific Railroad hotels. It is often referred to as ‘a monument to luxury in the wilderness’. Nearby you will find the number one rated hotel in Canada – the Post Hotel. The property often tops the international list of best ski lodgings, and is home to a renowned eatery that has received Wine Spectator’s highest honour, the Grand Award of Excellence, for the past 14 years. C A N A D A When skiers say Banff what they’re really talking about is a charming little town set inside the Banff National Park, a region of the Rocky Mountains in Canada that boasts a big, worldwide reputation. Plenty of light and fluffy snow, and the most stunningly vistas you’ll ever experience all add up to a must-visit location for snow lovers. An elevation of 1,645 metres means panoramic views from the three main ski areas. There's an abundance of trails from which to choose, and skiers of all ability levels will be challenged. However, the majority of pistes are intermediate to advanced difficulty, with double black diamond runs for the experts.


LPS Mag Oct17
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