The Season: June to September; best mid-July to August
Savvy skiers know that above all those woolly herds and verdant lowlands lie the Southern Alps, with uncrowded, high-alpine ski resorts and heli-skiing adventures. Beautiful, scene-free and all about having a good time on the snow and off, New Zealand has two major ski resorts on the North Island and seven on its South Island. The latter’s Wanaka Lake serves as the ski town for a few of the best:
Maple Lodge at Lake Wanaka has great deals on accommodation for the 2012 ski season. The Maple Lodge is a great location with mountain views and place to stay to relax after a big day on the slopes.