Places you’d never think to go skiing

    Published on October 22nd, 2015 | by Ollie Harrisson

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    Wanaha – New Zealand

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    A lively town buzzing with carefree spirit, Wanaka is the ultimate base for your South Island holiday. The township of Wanaka is a picture-perfect gem with a pristine alpine lake at its doorstep and surrounded by the spectacular backdrop of the South Island’s Southern Alps.

    Taos – New Mexico

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    The Taos area  has four ski resorts—Angel Fire, Red River, Sipapu and Taos Ski Valley, which boasts 110 trails in full swing, 50% of them expert, 24% beginner, 25% intermediate. In addition, Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area offers 33km of groomed trails for freestyle skiing and 15km of trails for snowshoers. Mix it up with boarding, tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or indoor skating for a change of pace.

    Dizin – Iran

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    The huge Dizin ski resort was established in 1969 . The ski season in Dizin also lasts longer than European ski resorts (from December to May) because of its high altitude.

    The highest ski lift ha reaches 3,600 m (11,800 ft), making it one of the 40 highest ski resorts in the world.

    Shymbulak – Kazakhstan 

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    “Shymbulak Ski Resort” is located in the beautiful Zailiyskiy Alatau mountain at 2,260 m above sea level. It is 25 km from the city center of Almaty City and has an average temperature of +25С in the summer and- 7С in the winter. The average   snowfall is around 1,5м. It is usually very sunny as the average number of sunny days a year can reach 90 %.  Ski season is normally begins in December and can run into April.

    Riksgransen – Sweden

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    Riksgränsen is perhaps the world’s northernmost ski resort as it is located 200km north of the Arctic Circle – it is cold!  Due to its extreme northerly latitude the ski season starts in March – as its too cold Dec – Feb. By June there are still great skiing conditions and there is the added benefit of 24 hours of daylight.

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