It’s that time of year when anticipation grows as Australians gear up for the start of summer and almost six months of sunshine, blue skies and summer sports.
You might be surprised to learn that while most of us are looking forward to the dog days of summer, others are waiting in eager anticipation for a taste of the cold.
They’re not waiting for the Australian cold, which is far from now and, even then, not easily found. They’re looking forward to the mid-winter climates of Europe, North America and Japan.
It’s yet another quirk of the Australian psyche, much like Christmas in July and the BBQ on Boxing Day.
Because, for a nation of heat seekers and sun worshippers, there’s nothing better to do at the height of those sultry summer months than head abroad in search of the snow and ski slopes.
Seeking respite from the oppressive heat, it’s not unusual to find large numbers of Aussies making their annual pilgrimage to Lake Tahoe in the U.S., Whistler in Canada and, closer to home, Niseko Powder Connection in Japan in search of sub-zero thrills.
Australians love the snow in summer.
Only several weeks ago, Qantas announced plans to put on extra flights to Canada from December to February to meet growing demand for travel to key Canadian ski resorts.
No matter what they tell you, while Australia may be blessed with near-perfect warm weather, the average Aussie can’t get enough of the cold.
They’re drawn to the cheap overseas skiing and deep powder when compared to the hefty price tags and meagre snow lauded by the Australian equivalents.
When it comes to ski and snow, everything is bigger and better abroad.
Head to places like Japan and you get the added advantage of a different culture, more interesting apres-ski and less of a pinch in your pocket, even if the Australian Dollar is currently on a bit of a low.
It’s a no-brainer and, personally, I think they’re a lucky bunch.
Not only do they experience incredible summers but they can also take time out to fly across the pond and enjoy an idyllic snow-filled winter.
The reverse is also true during an Australian winter.
You can ski in New South Wales or Victoria during the cooler winter months but take time out and head to North Queensland to soak up the sun.
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds in summer and winter, Australia is a unique place.
As far as lifestyle choices go, what more could you want? I may even take advantage of these lifestyle choices and sample a little far-flung snow for myself this year.
Can I hear Japan calling?
So where are are you headed this Australian summer or Northern Hemisphere winter? Ever considered swapping one climate for the other?
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