that’s all great, but NZ’s skiings biggest opposition is now the U.S.

It’s now so cheap to ski in Colorado. A good spacious 4 star ski in, ski out hotel room in January or February 2018 from $148 U.S.(about $195 AU) a night, with 2 queen beds & ensuite or roughly $10 more a night, for a studio with kitchen that can sleep 6 & lift tickets for a family up to 5 people(an adult & up to 4 kids) from $22.50 U.S.(less than $30 AU) that’s total not each, means as long as you can get there, reasonable cheaply, it’s a much better option.

With most airlines struggling to fill aircraft at any price, a repeat of the $699 AU from OZ east coast to U.S. west coast return fares, is not far away. Even today there are fares to LAX return for $838 AU.

No you won’t get a $699 return fare to USA mainland if you want to go end of December or early January, but suggest you might very soon, if go from mid January onwards or possibly late November. Many school in OZ finish in late November.

Combined with increased prices in places like Queenstown, Australians must be looking at USA, instead of NZ. The difference is, you might have a week in NZ, but not many people go to USA for under 2 weeks.

Have already heard from some regular Queenstown skiers, that now, instead of a week in Queenstown in southern hemisphere winter & 2 weeks in USA or Canada, they’ll now go for 3 weeks in USA & not go to NZ & save money, in terms of total spend.