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Lake Wanaka ranked top ski town

February 9, 2012

We were thrilled to open our morning paper and read that Wanaka has been ranked as the top ski town in the Southern Hemisphere. It is an honour to appear on a list that involves destinations such as Aspen and Chamonix!!

Every year we see a marked increase in the number of overseas skiers, both professional and recreational who travel to Wanaka for the winter months, and with such great exposure we are sure we will be getting a lot busier in the next few years! Already bookings are flying in thick and fast for extended ski holidays for the upcoming season, and plans are being laid by friends overseas to spend the ski season in Wanaka. We have also noticed that every summer more and more local skiers are heading overseas and ski at stunning destinations in America and Europe.

Even though I am not a great skier (to put it mildly!) I have to say Winter is my favourite season but even I don’t think I could manage two Winter seasons in a row. I would love to hear whether this is something you would do or have ever done and what your experience was like. I have a younger brother who is in Colorado until April and he said that it was the best decision he has ever made – he was lucky enough to go skiing in Aspen on Christmas day with a group of friends on an otherwise empty ski field and having seen the footage of them flying down the slopes and dodging pine trees in perfect weather I have to admit it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend Christmas morning as opposed to the windy, humid summer weather we are accustomed to in Wanaka over Christmas!

Also in the press was the article below, with a little gloating directed at Queenstown!

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