If you know skiing, you know your season never really has to end. Many of us here at K2 have done back-to-back-to back winters, and the experience is a game changer. Whether you want to lap world class parks, work on your goggle tan while cruising glaciers in the northern hemisphere, or break out the powder snorkel down south, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite locations for chasing snow around the globe in search of an endless winter.
Mammoth Mountain, USA – Daily into August
Mammoth Mountain has had a killer season this year. All that sun and snow make the Sierra Nevada the place to be. The features in Mammoth’s parks are well maintained and meticulously shaped, and are sure to be dialed in into early summer.
Perisher, Australia – June 9 – October 10
Perisher is the premier park destination in Australia with seven terrain parks and Australia’s biggest halfpipe. The park crew have been busy in the workshop building new features to add to the rail fleet, which is already the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Timberline, USA – Daily through mid-September
Timberline has been a freestyle leader from the start thanks to multiple terrain parks with enough jibs, jumps and pipes to keep even the hardest of the hardcore happy. Much of Timberline’s terrain is dedicated to freestyle and race camps, but their public park is maintained and should be prime all summer long.
Cardrona, New Zealand – June 10 – Oct 15
Cardrona offers the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities. From monster pro style features to beginner jumps and boxes, Cardrona’s park is easily one of the best in the southern hemisphere.
Treble Cone, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8
Treble Cone is the the largest ski area and has the most vertical drop on the South Island. With 45% advanced terrain, there’s plenty of steeps and drops to get the legs pumping and the face shots coming. Not to mention, the view from Treble Cone is all-time.
Mt Hutt, New Zealand – June 9 – October 8
Mt Hutt provides prime conditions for knee deep pow turns with a altitude of close to 7000 ft and an ideal southeast aspect. Located just 30 minutes from the laid back town of Methven, Mt. Hutt’s bowl shape and steep sidewalls caters to advanced skiers.
Ski Portillo, Chile – June 17 – September 30
“The average annual snowfall at Portillo ski resort is about 25 feet. Portillo’s snow storms are typically short and intense, followed by bluebird days when the spectacular vistas can be fully appreciated. As a result, the quality of the powder is often dry and the riding is unbelievably fantastic.”
Nevados de Chillan, Chile – July 1 – September 24
Nevados de Chillan boasts the most annual average snowfall in South America, and the biggest vertical drop in Chile. Volcanic eruptions and rivers of lava have left a playground of mounds, bowls, natural half pipes, steep pitches, and drop-offs spread across the resort to get those creative skiing juices pumping.
Squaw Valley, USA – Daily through July 4
2016/17 at Squaw has been one for the record books. The conditions are going to be prime for summer skiing through the 4th of July, maybe even longer. If you have never wakeboarded, skied, bbq’d, and watched fireworks all on the same day, now is your chance. Head to Reno after the on-hill Apres to hit the casinos or explore the up and coming foodie scene.
Zermatt, Switzerland – Daily through mid-November
Zermatt is known all over the world for its mountain parties and summer skiing, and its 50+ bars offer plenty of choice and variety. If you’ve never shredded in Europe, Zermatt is a fantastic introduction to the European mountain scene.
Hintertux, Austria – Year Round
Down the road from Hintertux, Mayrhofen offers up one of the best apres ski experiences in Europe. The atmosphere in the umbrella bars and apres ski pubs are sensational. The town also has a huge summer draw so there is never a shortage of events to attend.
Queenstown, New Zealand – June 10 – October 8
Located on the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is the jumping off point for two ski areas, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Fantastic scenery, a lively bar scene, and a host of thrilling outdoor activities combine to make chasing snow for one week or an entire season in Queenstown one you’ll never forget.
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Boulder, CO – August 4, 2016: The most respected name in action-sports film production, Warren Miller Entertainment has announced its 67th full-length feature film will be titled, “Here, There & Everywhere”. The industry leader also reveals the original filmmaker, narrator and household name Warren Miller himself will appear on-screen in this year’s movie. See the teaser and tour calendar here.
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a freeski voyage with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the backcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia.
Presale tickets will be available September 8-11, 2016 online-only at a discount of $4-off each ticket. General on sale will begin September 12, 2016 both online and at participating retail locations. No fees will be associated with ticket sales at participating retail locations.
K2 FIRE IN THE SKY
Members of the K2 factory team gathered at Timberline this spring to ski the glacier, throw back some cans and have a killer time. After a day of team-building public park destruction, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset. The team is way stoked on the new planks and Clayton Vila, Pep Fujas, Sean Jordan, Mark Hendrickson, Brooke Potter and Dylan Sondrup did not hold back with ’em strapped to their feet. Give it a watch! 👆 | #seriousfun
Edited by Nick Meilleur
Music: “Cold” by Jeff Kaale
HUGE thanks to brothel. for all his work on the custom track!
This year our athletes travelled far and wide to get the goods! Here are some of our favorite shots from the year. Follow us here for more!
Here Ken Lucas checks in from Antarctica where he went ski touring among his penguin friends and nailed some really nice ascents and descents.
Severin Guggemoos has been ripping parks all over Europe, here he is with a switch cork 5 in Ehrwald, Tirol, Austria!
Lucas Vianna oozing style above Vancouver, BC at Grouse Mountain, Canada.
Ski mountaineer Holly Walker has been snagging peaks left and right in France. On the ascent in Chamonix, France.
McKenna Peterson is no stranger to steep, fast lines. Here she finds a fun one in Hornstrandir, Iceland.
Park shredder Robert Szul gets his fix at the epic looking Mottolino Livigno resort in Italy.
Telemark skier Adam U grinning from ear to ear after one of the best runs of his life in Myoko, Japan!
Skiing isn’t just for the winter! Here Laurent Bernhard rips a creek in Peru.
There is crazy good skiing in Spain! Adria Millan ripping in Baqueira Beret, España.
Switzerland has some of the best parks and pow in the world. No surprise seeing Florian Bruchez styling out a side hit in Ovronnaz.
Can’t forget the good ol’ US of A! Especially when it’s Lexi DuPont skiing some of the most amazing terrain in the world in Haines, Alaska.
That’s it that’s all, we’re hoping next year takes our skiers to even more amazing places around the globe!