Six worthy stopover for Australians heading overseas to ski this northern winter

Australians heading overseas to ski can take advantage of some fun stopovers to combine shopping, dining, theatre, surf and more.

Denver, Colorado USA

This city has changed. A lot. In a good way. Once just a place to rest your head to acclimatise to altitude before hitting up Colorado's best snow resorts, Denver is now a genuine gentrified hipster mecca. The city has even taken to naming its precincts, NYC style, with LoDo, LoHi, RiNo and so on.

Try Universal for breakfast, Linger for lunch and Stoic and Genuine for dinner and Novo or Stowaway for Australian strength coffee.

Fashionistas will love Goldyn in Highlands and downstairs at Max in Cherry Creek North for seriously discounted designers.

Bed down at the boutique boudoir of Hotel Teatro downtown. Word is The Ramble fifty-room uber cool den will be open by winter 2017.

Airlines: Virgin and Qantas both fly to the US with connecting code-share flights to Denver or fly with United the whole way.

Vancouver, British Columbia Canada

The price of the average Vancouver has jumped almost 50 per cent in the past five years.

Like Denver, Vancouver has come of age in recent years and Australians heading to Whistler and beyond can reap the rewards. This sparkling harbour city is well worth a few days at least, especially with our Aussie dollar close to Canadian parity. Then there's Justin Trudeau.

Check out Secret Location for a swanky girls breakfast in Gas Town and join the queue for Cafe Medina for lunch then thank us later (this Vancouver institution understands the flat white) then book ahead for dinner at Maenum.


Bed down at one of three Fairmont Hotels including the landmark Fairmont Vancouver complete with resident Fairmont labrador and the Fairmont Waterfront for harbourside living.

Airlines: Air Canada, Air New Zealand and Qantas all have winter flights to Vancouver.

Hawaii, USA

Combine surf and snow with a stopover in Hawaii. It doesn't matter what island you pick Hawaii delivers. If you don't have much time then hang in Waikiki for 48 hours of shopping and sand between your toes or head to the island's North Shore for big wave action. Go a little further afield for Jurassic-style wilderness on Kauai or whale watch on Maui island.

Bed down at the iconic Turtle Bay in Maui, hand over your mortgage for the St Regis Princeville (it will be worth it) on Kauai and try the Outrigger at Waikiki.

Airlines: Hawaii airlines flies from east coast Australia to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle via Hawaii for those skiing in North America.


Commercial buildings stand illuminated at night in the central business district of Singapore, on Friday, April 8, 2016. Singapore edged past Hong Kong as the worlds No. 3 financial center. The Southeast Asian city-state ranks behind London and New York on the Global Financial Centres Index, according to a survey by London-based research firm Z/Yen Group. Photographer: Sam Kang Li/Bloomberg

Heading to Japan to ski some deep powder? Looking for an alternative to Tokyo? Then try Singapore for stress-free shopping in flashy malls and the indie boutiques of Arab Street and Little India. Marvel at a hundred hectare Gardens by the Bay with super trees and garden domes and dine out on the city's famous street food or sup on a city view cocktail from the rooftop bar Ce La Vi at the Sands.

Bed down at Raffles for old-world charm and a Singapore Sling, the $8 billion Marina Bay Sands for mega hotel glamour or Sofitel So for a contemporary take on a 1920s heritage building.

Airline: Scoot fly to Hokkaido via Singapore for Niseko skiers.

Dubai, UAE

If you love bigger and better and over the top then Dubai has your name on it. Yes, you can get your ski legs on the indoor ski slope at Mall of the Emirates but you can also spend a night under the Arabian stars in the desert, hit up Aquaventures shark attack water slide tunnel and get your chill on at a local Hamam. Sup sundowners at the Terrace Bar at the Park Hyatt, try brunch at Baker & Spice with local expats and fine dine out at Tagine at One & Only.

Bed down at any of the big names from the Four Seasons to Armani, Waldorf, Ritz Carlton, Versace and friends.

Airline: Emirates and Qantas code-share from Australia to European ski destinations via Dubai.

New York

Manhattan's Lower East Side.

New Yorkers are obsessed by their precincts from Soho to Meatpackers, Midtown, Uptown and Downtown. Brooklyn and Williamsburg are still smoking hot but look out for The Financial District which is experiencing a new spotlight thanks to new hotels and the Westfield World Trade Centre. Queens and Long Island City are tipped to be the next Brooklyn so get in now so you can say "been there done that" later.

For a decent Aussie coffee head to Bluestone Lane in West Village or Two Hands in Soho. Take in a Broadway show or hussle your way into the audience for Jimmy Fallon.

Bed down in any of the hip to the moment boudoirs opened this year including AKA Wall Street for uber cool apartment hotel living like a swanky local with personal concierge, The Beekman from Thompson Hotels has all the cool kids talking in Lower Manhattan and The Bernic is the new place to be in Midtown.

Airline: United, American and Delta offer direct flights from numerous ski towns of America to New York City including Aspen, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole and Sun Valley.