The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Australian & Nz Ski Holidays -

SCOTT Kneller, from Jind­abyne, NSW, is study­ing at the Univer­sity of NSWwhile train­ing for the 2014 Win­ter Olympic Games in Sochi, Rus­sia. He com­petes on the World Cup Ski Cross cir­cuit and was placed sev­enth in this event at the 2010 Win­ter Olympics. Scott is ski am­bas­sador for Thredbo. More: scot­ Des­per­ate to get back to: Mam­moth Moun­tain, Cal­i­for­nia, for ridicu­lous amounts of snow and gor­geous weather. Must visit: Grindel­wald, Switzer­land, dur­ing the spring. When the weather is grey, take a ride up the gon­dola and there, above the clouds, you can en­joy a DEALS OF THE WEEK Haute cui­sine: Mt Hutt, near Christchurch, holds Din­ner with the Stars ev­ery Satur­day dur­ing the July-Septem­ber ski sea­son, fea­tur­ing celebrity guest chefs and lo­cal pro­duce; from $NZ95 ($72) an adult. The venue is Hu­ber’s Hutt restau­rant and fea­tured evening ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude ski­doo rides. More: +64 3 302 8811; per­fect day ski­ing in the sun. Per­fect place for in­dul­gence: Turtle Bay Re­sort, Oahu, Hawaii, for a sunny get­away. Stand-out af­ter­noon tea ex­pe­ri­ence: Noth­ing beats a honey bee smoothie from Melon­head juice bar, Drive deal: Europ­car’s five-day New Zealand rental pack­age in­cludes free snow-chain and roof rack hire, 24-hour road­side as­sis­tance, un­lim­ited kilo­me­tres, snow cover, 15 per cent off equip­ment and lessons, and 10 per cent off lift passes for Mt Hutt, the Re­mark­ables and Coronet Peak. From $309.50. More: europ­ Coogee Beach, Syd­ney, on a sum­mer’s af­ter­noon. Invit­ing culi­nary des­ti­na­tion: Kap­tans Restau­rant at the Ho­tel Pen­sion Grimus, Mt Buller, where the steak is the best I’ve had. In­spi­ra­tional travel nar­ra­tive: Born to Run (A Hid­den Tribe, Su­perath­letes, and the Great­est Race the World Has Never Seen) by Christo­pher McDougall. Dis­tinc­tive ho­tel: The Blum­lisalp Ho­tel-Restau­rant, a lit­tle fam­ily-run bou­tique ho­tel in Thun, Switzer­land, with its in­cred­i­ble view of the Eiger. Best-spent travel dol­lars: Travel in­surance. It’s a must, par­tic­u­larly for skiers. South Is­land call­ing: Book by June 30 for an eight-day NZ group ski tour de­part­ing Au­gust 12; from $1899 a per­son twin­share, in­clud­ing Jet­star re­turn air­fares to Queen­stown from the Gold Coast, ac­com­mo­da­tion at Ry­dges Lake­land Queen­stown, air­port and moun­tain trans­fers, daily break­fasts and lift passes. More: 1300 019 133.

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