Skiing in the Alps, Japan, Canada… They’re popular destinations for a reason. Sure, the snow may be aplenty and of good quality, but the skiing season should not just be limited to these places.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite skiing destinations you’ve probably never thought of.
Tucked away in the centre of the Asian continent, this small landlocked country, known as the “Switzerland of Asia” has endless mountains waiting to be skied. Karakol, located in the east of the country and a former soviet training ground for the winter Olympics offers not only stunning views but amazing skiing and all at an outrageously low price.
A 6 hour bus ride from Bishkek through picturesque mountain roads, Karakol is fast becoming a host spot for skiers from all over the world. A day lift pass and ski hire will set you back about $35 USD, which is enough in itself to get you booking flight tickets. Coupled with visa free entry for most countries, Kyrgyzstan should be high on any snow enthusiasts list!
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When people think of Iran, they hardly think of snow fields, after all most of the country is desert. However, a mere 30 minutes outside of Tehran in the neighbouring mountains lie several skiing resorts. The main resort Dizin, is cheap has amazing scenery and will surely offer a skiing experience like no other.
The idea of grilled lamb for your après ski should merely be enough for you to hop on a plane and hit the slopes of the middle east.
If you’re Canadian or American and need to go on a tour to enter the country, Young Pioneer Tours offer skiing tours every January which will allow you to explore both Iran itself and its high mountain slopes!
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3. North Korea
Skiing in Japan and South Korea are both well-known, but skiing in North Korea? With a new resort that has recently been open to tourists over the past few years, North Korea is definitely a must go for the more extreme traveller. Now is it safe? Yes, it certainly is. Despite what is said in the media North Korea is very safe for travellers.
A three-hour drive from the capital Pyongyang, will get you to the ski fields where you can enjoy a few days on the slopes that nearly no one has done!
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Again this is one skiing destination that will be price attractive. There are two main resorts in Georgia waiting to be explored. Gudari, north of Tbilisi offers some spectacular runs and a range of four-star accommodation as well as homestays with local old women. If you’re looking for something with more of a party atmosphere then Bukuriani is where you should head. While the runs here are not as good as Gudari, it is cheaper and has more nightlife.
Located close to Europe and with cheap flights, Georgia should be high on your list, not only for skiing but for its amazing food and wine! Be sure to endulge in kechepuri, possibly the best hearty attack food of the Soviet Union.
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5. Siberia (Russia)
Now with such a large area known for its frigid weather surely there is bound to be a smattering of ski resorts, and yes there are! From Novosibirsk to Kamchatka there are skiing opportunities all over! Better yet, this area has one of the longest running ski seasons due to its endless winter.
There is skiing in this region can range from beginner to the most advance with heli-skiing on volcanoes available for the pros. Flights into the heart of Eastern Siberia, Irkutsk are surprisingly cheap from Europe and if you’re looking for a break from skiing, this region has amazing sightseeing such as lake Baikal. So put on a balaclava and your thermals and get over to Siberia for some winter wonderland fun!
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