Magic in the mountains

An action-packed getaway to Ruapehu district doesn't depend on snow - but it does help.

Are you heading to Mt Ruapehu?

Over 20,000 snow enthusiasts made it out to both Whakapapa and Turoa last weekend.

World's best ski resorts for singles

Chairlift dating, free drinks and week-long parties. World's best resorts for singles.

12cm of fresh snow. Standard

Blackcomb, Whistler

You get sick of taking photos when everyday is one that you never want to forget.

Mt Hutt set for best day of the season

Mt Hutt

Sunshine, snow and mountain reopenings look to give skifield its best conditions since season started.

Cardrona skifield closes gates


Cardrona skifield had to "close the gates" yesterday.

Skiers pray for more white stuff

Ruapehu road closed

Skiers will be hoping for fresh snow this weekend, after delayed start to full season at Ruapehu.

To the snowy Peak


It's the beginning of the South Island ski season and Coronet Peak is ready to welcome snow enthusiasts.

Where's the best skiing in the world?

Mt Ruapehu

Where's your favourite place to carve it up? Share the snow love with other ski fans.

What are the best apres-ski parties?

Drinks after skiing

You might be able to tackle double-black-diamond runs on one ski, but can you handle a pint of beer served in a boot?

The world's most spectacular ski lodges

Ultimate ski lodges

This is off the beaten piste to the extreme - places to ski where no-one can hear you scream.

Win! And hit the slopes faster at Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu

Snow enthusiasts heading to Mt Ruapehu will be able to hit the slopes faster. Enter our competition to win passes.

Cardrona skifield opens for season

Cardrona opening day 2014

Eager skiers and snowboarders have kicked off the snow season in Wanaka. | No snow, no show

When ski resorts tell the truth


Something strange is happening on social media. Ski resorts are telling the truth. #nofilter

Travel Insider: Spending freeze

Mt Ruapehu skiing

Minimise T-bar tantrums by getting good value on the slopes this winter.

Ski fields race to reinvest

Cardrona 2014

With just two weeks to go until the start of the ski season, check out what's new on our top slopes.

Cool winter getaways


Instead of hiding away from the winter the elements, why not embrace them by planning a winter holiday.

The best ski spots near Christchurch

Porters skifield

The first of 13 skifields with four hours of the South Island's largest city opens in less than two weeks.

You go to Antarctica, I’ll go anywhere else

Antarctica ice generic

Which places in the world do you most want to see so you don't have regrets on your deathbed?

Head to the Andes for ski season

Andes Ski

These spectacular ridges and peaks offer fabulous views. Great food and wine seal the deal.

Pure Yukon gold


Up in the snowy north, one of the world's toughest dogsledding competitions takes place.

Living, and skiing, the dream


I spent last year in Whistler, Canada, also known as snow heaven, Bryn Masters writes.

It's hard to beat Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain, Colorado USA, has a good claim on the title of best snow slopes.

My favourite European resort

With 200km of groomed slopes, served by over 50 lifts (some heated), this is slice of Alp heaven.

BC snow? Nothing compares


A total 'Nordic' experience and 30cm powder every day. Sounds like snow heaven to us.

Get more of the mountain


JOSH MARTIN - Sunday Star Times

Skiers in search of season-pass bargains need to act quickly.

The call of the ice


In the white continent, "you come for the animals, but you will return for the ice".

White knuckle ride

Patrick Ortlieb

Skiing's furious flock to the Madloch descent, 'a tougher proposition than many a World Cup downhill race'.

Walking in a winter wonderland


Japan's snow playground boasts world-class conditions, sophisticated apres ski options and affordable passes.

Luring celebrities from the start


When on Vail's famed slopes keep the camera at hand - you never know when you'll bump into a celebrity.

The trip that changed me


Sunday Star Times

My experience in the snow was life-defining, says TV chef Pete Evans.

China's spectacular ice city

Harbin Ice Festival

The Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is China's most famous and popular winter attraction.

Not your average ski resort

Gulmark Strap

There are few ski resorts where you see a soldier waiting for the gondola with a snowboard and an AK-47.

British Columbia’s Whistler beyond the slope

Whistler Strap

Whistler is one of the best places to ski in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Unleash the powder hounds

Austria Ski Strap

From St Anton to St Christoph, here's a rundown on Austria's best ski runs.

Five US ski resorts you won't know


Forget the glitz of Aspen and the lure of mighty Mammoth, the US has much more to offer.

My brilliant Korea

Korea Strap

Its little-known ski industry offers plenty of snow, few crowds and many attractions on and off the slopes.

Family fun for all at ski resort


Don't hesitate to take the kids to a laid-back winter wonderland ski resort in British Columbia.

The best snow report ever

Chris Morecroft

"Mother Nature may try and take away our snow, but she'll never take away our FREEDOM!"

Confessions of a lapsed skier


Lapsed skier Steve Kilgallon has a religious experience on the slopes of Turoa skifield.

The world's most spectacular ski lodges

Ski Strap

This is off the beaten piste to the extreme - places to ski where no one can hear you scream.

If you go down to the woods

Vail Strap

Adrenalin is a powerful drug that lures me over again to a new addiction - riding through trees.

A trio of snow hotels for the adventurous

Snow Strap

From igloos to heli lodges, here's three of the northern hemisphere's top snow hotels.

Skiing: white, straight and elitist?

Snow Strap

Old-school skiers call snowboarders "gays on trays", as if being gay and being a snowboarder is an insult.

A case of the quick and the sled

Dog sledding Strap

Rug up and sit back for a doggone good time at Mount Hotham.

Antarctica from the comfort of a 747


The scenery is quite spectacular on this one-day joy flight over Antarctica.

A family ski lesson


My first ski trip gave new meaning to the term ''carving it up''.

Ice in her veins

Remarkables ice climbing

Diane Drayton could have honourably hung up her crampons after she broke her back in a horrific fall.

The world's best snow festivals


Who said festival season is summer? Try any of these winter festivals on for size.

Jet blast up Rakaia Gorge

Rakaia jetboat

The best perspective of Rakaia Gorge and river is from the front seat of a speeding jetboat.