Victoria’s winter lockdown, the shifting goalposts of Covid restrictions and patchy snowfall all combined to make last year’s Australian skiing season frustrating to say the least. The southern state’s latest lockdown means the allure of crossing the ditch in search of the white stuff may once again prove tempting for thousands of skiers and snowboarders.

As always, New Zealand has a lot going for it. The lift tickets are cheaper (sometimes half what you’d pay at an Australian resort), the snow is reliable and the mountains are – let’s be honest – proper mountains. Yes, gum trees are nice and all, but there’s something about the grandeur of the Southern Alps, or the thrill of skiing on an active volcano, that Australia just can’t compete with. Also, there’s the sudden novelty of going overseas.

Assuming the country stays on Covid-19 Alert Level 1 (the lowest level), there will be no limits on capacity at resorts, with the usual QR-code check-in protocols and masks on public transport applying…

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