The Geo Dome is at the centre of a remote and inspired ski touring camp in the mountains above Wanaka.
Outside your door is 1200 hectares of ski terrain in the place that has trademarked the term "champagne powder".
You no longer need to be crazy to combine two of the world's finest ski experiences in the same trip.
There are three parts to a heli-ski day – the helicopter ride, the immersion in the remote mountains and the skiing itself.
We glide along as if floating on the snow, pushing aside white powder like foam in a giant bubble bath.
Arrive by private jet, have someone carry your skis, hand your children over to a ski nanny, stock up on cashmere ...
Indoor calorific delights and outdoor winter sports provide the perfect balance of Alpine charm.
From an eagle's eye perspective it looks a bit like a James Bond villain's lair masquerading as a top-secret science lab.
Verwallstube, at the summit of the Galzig cable car above St Anton in Austria, isn't the kind of restaurant you expect when skiing, as Brian Johnston discovers.
You'll never encounter lift queues at this Swiss ski resort.
Travelling Australian skiers and boarders are being seduced by a broader range of destinations with the competing Epic, Ikon and Mountain Collective passes.
One of the ultimate skiing experiences for even the ordinary skier is the White Ring circuit in the Austrian Alps.