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Skiing & snowboarding travel guide

Skiing and snowboarding are adventurous winter sports, and you’ll find people with varying levels of competency heading for the slopes. You could be learning how to snowplough or figuring out how to do an ollie, or you could be taking on black runs and pulling off alley-oops in a halfpipe. Whatever level you're at, make sure you're covered in case something happens.

Where to go on your ski or snowboarding holiday

A skiing and snowboarding trip can be super fun with your friends and family, and can become an obsession for some. Within Australia, you could take the kids to Mount Buller in Victoria or Thredbo in New South Wales for a convenient weekend away.

If you've got a bit more time, a seven-day package to New Zealand's Mount Olympus for super-fresh powder might be in order. Alternatively, grab a snow-buddy and head to the powder capital of the world on the island of Hokkaido in Japan – there are over 100 ski resorts there!

For a really big trip, there's superb skiing and boarding in the US and Canada, from Sun Valley in Idaho to Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. In Europe, Kitzbühel in Austria, Chamonix in France and Verbier in Switzerland are all popular – and that's just scraping the surface, as there are hundreds of resorts in France alone!

Wherever you plan to go, we can tailor your insurance to your destination, the snow activities you're going to enjoy and who you’re going to enjoy them with.

5 tips for when you hit the slopes

Tip #1

Reduce your risk of injury by taking a snowboarding or skiing lesson with a professional – they'll give you more confidence too!

Tip #2

Stay on the slopes that match your skill level. Start on the easy slopes – the green run represents the beginner's slope. Black runs are for experts.

Tip #3

Lift your skis up when you get off the ski lift so they don't get caught and snap in two.

Tip #4

Bend your knees for more control when you go for that snowboarding front grab.

Tip #5

Stretch at the beginning and end of the day – you'll be using muscles you didn't know you had!