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Skiing in Australia versus NZ

Perisher has plenty of great terrain, especially if you are a beginner or intermediate.

This month I skied in Australia for the first time, spending a few bluebird days at Perisher. So, how does it compare to New Zealand?

10 ways to tell if you're a snow addict

Some of us just can't get enough of the snow. Photo:

Do big, white flakes make you delirious? It's possible you're a snow tragic

How to have a family snow holiday

Family fun in the snow at Cardrona.

Cardrona is NZ's best family ski resort. Host of the Winter Games, this 'melting marshmallow mountain', provides a soft landing for kids.

Top apres ski spots in NZ and Aus

Get the Apres ski experience in Queenstown, New Zealand.

We may not have Austria's apres ski scene, but we do have some worthy slope contenders.

Winter of content in France

An unusual blue and brown-eyed husky at Espace Nordique du Haut-Giffre, Col de Joux Plane, above Samoëns in the French Alps​

Find out how to live like a local - and stay for free - in the French Alps.

Coronet enjoys busiest day on record

Coronet Peak ski field is enjoying some of the best conditions in years.

Coronet Peak records busiest day ever as ski fields bask in one the best starts to a snow season in years.

Upper mountains to open this weekend

Photos taken on Wednesday morning at Mt Ruapehu show a fresh dumping of powder on the slopes of the mountain.

Whakapapa skifield saw 20 centimetres of fresh snow fall overnight on Tuesday, with more scheduled to fall later this week. 

Snow addict makes own skis video

Christchurch man Nick Pomeroy has turned a lifelong sking passion into making his own skis at his  Mt Pleasant home.

The brand is Cocaine Skis, because snow is an "addictive white powder that costs lots of money".

What to wear on the slopes

Looking the part is half the battle on the slopes.

Just say no to jeans and make sure to avoid the gaper gap.

'Significant' snow predicted

Canterbury stock could be affected by snowfall next week.

Canterbury motorists and farmers could be "significantly" affected by snow next week, a weather service reports. 

Snow bunnies rejoice

Opening day of the 2015 ski season at Whakapapa and Turoa, Mt Ruapehu.

North Island snow fields opened on Saturday after a long anticipated wait by skiers and snowboarders alike.

Warmer winds on the way

Snow between Springfield and Oxford last Monday. Nor-westerly winds will provide warmer temperatures this week.

Make use of the ski fields while you can - the "snow eater" wind is on its way.

Mt Hutt road chaos

Skiers faced delays on Mt Hutt's access road on Saturday morning.

Skiers headed to Mt Hutt Ski Area are stuck in a 2-kilometre long queue. 

No leg, no barrier for teen video

Sean Prendeville gets instructions on skiing on a prosthetic leg at Mt Hutt from Barb Wackwitz, his adaptive ski instructor.

Teen disregards advice he would never ski with his "no limits'' attitude.

Ski cafe only for those who pay

Most of Mt Hutt's Sky High cafe is reserved for those who purchase food and drink.

Mt Hutt's cafeteria will prioritise paying customers this season, but says picnickers won't be left out in the cold.

Skifields prepare for bumper season gallery

Emme Wall, 4, of Christchurch, and Emily Sheffield, 3, of Christchurch, enjoying the new snow at Mt Hutt.

Fresh snow and clear conditions have provided a much-needed boost for South Island skifields.

Antarctica photo archive online gallery

NZARP - New Zealand Antarctic Research Programme
To be credited as per below:
Photographer Richard K McBride, ?Antarctica New Zealand Pictorial Collection, 1971-1972

Stunning images of Kiwis in Antarctica provide insight into life on the ice.

Ski season off to a windy start video

Skier Sam Loader from Christchurch carves up the trails on the opening day of the winter season at Mt Hutt.

South Island ski areas had a windy season start but are bracing for an Australian school holidays boost.

Windy start to southern ski season video

Skier Sam Loader from Christchurch enjoying the trails at Mt Hutt.

Severe southwest gales are gusting 120 kmh near the mountain top.

Mt Hutt to open this weekend

Coronet Peak in Queenston will open for the 2015 ski season on Saturday with fresh snow on the slopes..

The South Island ski season will get under way in full force this weekend.

What the hell are skiers saying?

Can you understand what skiers and snowboarders are talking about? Use our helpful guide.

"It was totally gnar, I mean, I thought I was going to hit the white room but ended up cliffed out in crud."

Best ski resorts for singles

Keen skiers are hitting the slopes and their smartphone apps to find love.

If you're looking for love this ski season in Australia and New Zealand, geo apps like Tinder may help to fast track your quest for a date.

Big dumps on southern skifields

Remarkables Ski Area manager Ross Lawrence uses a snowblower to blast snow from the ski area building entrance.

Southern Lakes skifields are reporting variable dumps of between 30cm-60cm across their mountains.

Going it alone (with kids)

Yes, it's possible for a solo parent with small children to enjoy a ski trip

The recipe to a successful solo-parent trip with kids: Equal parts planning and positive attitude.

Mt Hutt fires up snowmaker video

The view from Mount Hutt skifield.

A Canterbury ski field is first to fire up its snowmakers this season.

What's hot this ski season?

Get excited, the Australasian ski season is less than a month away.

There are 25 days until the Australasian ski season kicks off, not that we're counting.  

Cruising in the land of polar bears

BIG DOGS: Open water in the ice makes seal hunting much harder.

Newcomers are relentlessly reminded here, where white is the new black, that polar bears are the Big Dogs.

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

At 19,348 feet, Cotopaxi is Ecuador?s second-highest peak and one of the most active volcanoes in this mountainous country. Illustrates ECUADOR-PEAKS (category t), by Anne Farrar ? 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Anne Farrar.)

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival


China's spectacular ice festival has kicked off in style.

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Spectacular views are on offer on a Antarctica sightseeing flight, from the comfort of a Qantas 747 jumbo jet.

An unforgettable flight to the world's only ice continent makes for a perfect start to another New Year.

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