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Lake Wanaka ranked top ski town

By MSN NZ staff
Thursday, February 9, 2012
A view across Lake Wanaka from Treble Cone in Wanaka, New Zealand (Getty Images)
A view across Lake Wanaka from Treble Cone in Wanaka, New Zealand (Getty Images)
Lake Wanaka has been named as one of the top 25 ski towns in the world by National Geographic Magazine.

The publication recommended the Kiwi resort town for “skiers and snowboarders from the Northern Hemisphere who just can’t let go when winter slips way”.

Lake Wanaka is the only region in the Southern Hemisphere to feature in the list, which includes famous destinations such as US resort Aspen in America, Zermatt in Switzerland and Chamonix in France.

Lake Wanaka’s Treble Cone has more snow and skiable terrain than any other South Island resort, and gets the most snow in New Zealand, with more than four metres (160in) in an average season.

“We have four ski areas within half an hour’s drive and a further two within an hour, providing the most varied and extensive terrain in Australasia,” said James Helmore, general manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism.

“Combine this with the region’s spectacular scenery and the largest heliskiing area outside of North America and it’s easy to see why the world’s skiers and boarders would come here!”

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