Avocado toast, a house in Sydney or any of these ski properties overseas

Paradise Chalet, Nozawa Onsen Japan.

It’s official, the median price of a house in Sydney Australia is now AUD $1.26m.

Which got us thinking, what could you get for around that price in an overseas ski destination?

You know, in case you fancied fleeing the land of extortionate housing for the land of, well, extortionate housing that comes with a side of powder snow.

You’d be surprised at the total lifestyle change you could make. With or without avocado toast.

Revelstoke, BC

With the current exchange rate, $1.26m in Aussie dollars is around $1.1m in Canadian. We’ve found a few properties where you can ski-in-ski-out and have some cash left over for après.

Fancy the cute as a button town of Revelstoke with big mountains and big adventure vibes?

CAD$749,000 (AUD$838,000) will get you a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom heritage home downtown with a recently removated kitchen and bathroom, a new furnace and heat pump plus high ceilings, hardwood floors, a hot tub and more.

Revelstoke, BC

For CAD$1.2m (at AUD$1.344m, a tad over budget) you could find yourself in Arrow Heights in Revelstoke with panoramic views, a sunny backyard, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a custom crafted home.

Big White, BC

Want ski-in-ski-out? Your wish, our command. Big White has a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with direct access to Snow Ghost, Rocket and Plaza chairs and a five minute flat walk to the village for CAD $659,00 (AUD$744,000).

Nelson, BC

Fancy skiing Whitewater and Red Mountain? Bed down in Nelson in British Columbia in a $1.17m (AUD$1.3m) four bedroom, three bathroom house complete with a one bedroom granny suite with separate parking area. All this overlooking Nelson and the Kootenay Lake.

Whistler, BC

Is Whistler more your jam? Got CAD $1.1m (AUD$1.29m) to spend? Then try this ski-in-ski-out one bedroom condo walking distance to the upper and main village and the Fairmont Golf Course. There’s ski and bike storage and the complex has a pool and hot tub and the condo is zoned for unlimited owner use, weekend getaways or nightly rentals.

Park City, USA

For a mere US$815,000 (AUD$1.1million) you can score yourself a one bedroom plus loft condo at the base of Park City Mountain Resort. This one bedder sits on the top floor of a walkup apartment block across the car park from the base village. With direct resort views and a huge loft that can act as a “second” bedroom, there’s plenty of beds for you and your mates.

Niseko, Japan

Setsu Niseko is offering one bedroom apartments between 78 to 90sqm including a traditional Tatami room that can double as a second bedroom from 117m Yen (around AUD$1.26m). Expect timber floors, under floor heating, bespoke furniture, a one minute shuttle ride to Hirafu Gondola and a complex that includes an onsen, restaurants, barista coffee house, sushi bar and more.

Nozawa Onsen, Japan

This four bedroom, two bathroom European style log cabin in Nozawa Onsen sits at 1200m altitude on the Paradise slope facing across the resort to Madarao in the distance. There’s a semi professional kitchen, open plan living dining and a hot tub bath. Price guide is 61-79m yen (AUD$642,000 to AUD$832,500).

Chamonix, France

Bed down in your own mountain retreat a mere 10 minutes from Argentiere and 20 minutes from Chamonix in a ski touring valley to call your own. For 650,000 Euro (AUD$966,000) you can have the keys to Chalet Nant in the intermediate “resort” of Vallorcine, a traditional chalet with three double bedrooms, a kitchen, open plan living and large garden next to a babbling brook.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.