S K I T H E W O R L D 1 0 | 1 1 A long ski season (June to October), great snow cover and super luxe lodges define New Zealand skiing. Whether you prefer an intense week of powder or highadrenalin heli-skiing, the Southern Alps are the answer. Perhaps the best-known destination in the Southern Hemisphere, The Remarkables ski field, is a short drive from adrenalin capital Queenstown. Expert skiers, snowboarders and those new to the alpine lifestyle, will find terrain to challenge themselves on. With a 468m vertical drop, The Remarkables is wellsuited for family stays. Stay at Matakauri Lodge where head chef Jonathan Rogers showcases local produce. It was named The Australian’s Best Luxury Lodge. Although Queenstown is a hiking haven, the quickest way to the top of a mountain is by helicopter. That’s where Minaret Station excels. One of the area’s most luxurious lodges, set amongst the untouched landscape, it’s a base for seasoned pilots and guides to transport skiers and snowboarders of all levels to pristine ski runs. If you haven’t tried heli-skiing before, include this unique adventure in your next skiing holiday. S T M O R I T Z , S W I T Z E R L A N D Ever since James Bond dashed down the slopes in The Spy Who Loved Me, St Moritz has been recognised as the glamour capital of the Alps. That film brought to life the elegance and class of a fabled winter holiday destination that was the home to two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948). The area surrounding St Moritz is home to a collection of four- and five-star luxury hotels, where the finest hold black-tie gala evenings of dinner and dancing. The most glorious of them all is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. A favourite with celebrities and royalty since it opened its doors in 1896, it is now part of the Leading Hotels of the World. Amenities abound for every member of the family, including a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor tennis and squash. In the heart of the Upper Engadin lakes district and 1,856 metres above sea level, St Moritz has long been the preferred winter playground. Corviglia is the local mountain with Corvatsch and Diavoleza nearby. Catch the first run of the day on the fresh powder of Corviglia, where the top of Piz Nair gives an encompassing view of the World Cup-quality downhill runs. Snow is guaranteed with an ideal altitude.
LPS Mag Oct17
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