Remote & Unusual Ski Destinations by Jet
26 January 2019
Kamchatka - Russia
If you look at the eastern part of Russia, you are sure to notice a big peninsula, resembling a fish. And, as it happens, Kamchatka is one of the world's largest wild Pacific salmon spawning grounds.
If that doesn’t capture your imagination, maybe the amazing skiing opportunities will!
Kamchatka is also the most extensively glaciated region of north-eastern Asia, with a mix of volcanoes and glaciers covering more than 900 square kilometres. That's why Kamchatka Peninsula is also known as the "Land of fire and ice".
It is a wild yet attractive landscape – extremely remote, little transportation infrastructure and few inhabitants. There are several areas for skitouring and backcountry skiing. In three main ranges not very far from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: the Northern group of volcanoes, the Southern group of volcanoes and Ganalskiy range to the west of Petropavlovsk you will find some amazing skiing opportunities.
Mountains and volcanoes are not the only attractions of Kamchatka.
Here rich flora and fauna can be found, as well as the Valley of Geysers, hot mineral springs, the stunning Pacific Coast, Aboriginal culture, history and development of Kamchatka and Russian America. When visiting Kamchatka everyone can find something interesting and unique to enjoy.
Japan – Fine Dining, Pampering and Excellent Snow
Head on up to Hirafu village on Japan’s North Island of Hokkaido and you will experience the famously dry, deep and powdery snow synonymous with this area. Internationally recognized for amazing snowfall, great skiing, snowboarding and a long winter season, Hirafu is a great choice for excellent slopes but also classy apres-ski
With luxury accommodation giving breathtaking views of the dormant Mt Yotei volcano you can enjoy spas, fine dining and onsens - traditional natural outdoor hot pools in which to soak away post slope aches - for men, women or private family hire.
Guided cat-skiing in Utah
There are lots of options for skiing in Utah, and in places where there are no pistes and no lifts, but plenty of the white stuff a solution has been found to get you up those tricky mountains!
Snow Cat skiing is the answer – instead of ski lifts take a snow cat with fellow explorers and access parts of the mountain that would be otherwise impossible.
A typical ski day is 8-15 runs on a North Facing slope – with other skiers of the same ability making up a small and sociable group. So long as you are a strong intermediate skier or boarder and can handle powdery snow this is a great option for you.
Cat-ski only days are possible, but the truly cool can choose to stay overnight, in a shared or private yurt in one of three ‘yurt villages’, each with wood-fire heated hot tub, and stand-alone bathroom.
Very cosy indeed.
Hawaii – Beach and Ski
When you think of Hawaii, you think of the beaches, the tropical forests, and the volcanoes. You might be surprised to know that you can also ski here. Mauna Kea, which means “white mountain” rises to 4,270 metres, and gets a good deal of snow especially during the months of December and February. While it doesn’t have pistes, lifts or lodgings, Mauna Kea will offer skiers the best of the backcountry skiing with the purest snow. They may want to have their apres-ski cocktails by the gorgeous beaches — and you can certainly do that in Hawaii.
Mount Troodos in Cyprus
If you have ever holidayed in Cyprus, the Troodos Mountains will be a familiar name. In summer they are a nice place to go for some shade in their forested slopes. However, in winter you can also find the only Skiing Centre in Cyprus. Winter Sports - under the beautiful Mediterranean blue sky – sounds idyllic!
Not only is this a heavenly spot, but the familiar names from Greek Mythology are everywhere, with slopes named after Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite and Hermes.
You can enjoy descending the slopes of Mount Olympus from the beginning of January until the end of March.
At just 2 km, from Troodos mountain resort, and about an hour’s drive from the coastal town of Limassol, this resort is accessible for a day trip from your villa by the sea.
Forget the souks – if you head up to the Atlas Mountains, you can look forward to 13 kilometres of slopes, served by 13 ski lifts. Despite being the road less travelled, Oukaimden is home to some serious skiing. This resort is 50 miles from Marrakesh, 3273m above seal level and has all the facilities you find in a typical European/US resort – ski hire, ski school, restaurants and hotels – but all done in a Moroccan way. There are even donkeys who can help you between lifts.
Stay in one of the Kasbahs in the foothills and if approaching from Marrakech, take the back road up from Tahanaout through the national park. It's stunning.