Last Resorts

Three Hidden Ski Locales Around the Globe

You could ski the world three times over and still never set pole to powder in one of these overlooked spots: the former Soviet republics. The landlocked African nations. The Catalan mountain states you thought were landlocked African nations. Well, here they are, demystified for ski-calendaring purposes. Mark your ski calendars accordingly.

Glacier Heli-Skiing

Glacier Heli-Skiing

You’re picturing: A desolate former Soviet republic, possibly where mountains carve you.
You’re getting: A range of 121 glaciers glistening with champagne powder through August. Plus a vintage Russian military helicopter to drop you off on top of them.
Remember: Your alternative’s nine operational chairlifts in Kazakhstan (two of which meet international safety standards).

Après High Season

Après High Season

You’re picturing: A rogue desert state in Western Africa.
You’re getting: A well-to-do mountain state in the Pyrenees tucked between France and Spain sporting 900-meter verticals, a number of forested, off-piste runs and a young French-Catalan après crowd occupying four ski resorts.
Remember: Tax-free liquor.

Southern Africa’s Last Ski Resort

Southern Africa’s Last Ski Resort

You’re picturing: Year-round sandboarding opportunities.
You’re getting: The last vestige of African resort skiing in the highest country in the world, now approaching the heart of bizarro winter; après big-game hunting.
Remember: Things here have gotten so dire, Lesotho’s been pleading South Africa to annex their county. (So look alive out there.)

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