The Utah trip stands out as a real gem. It had everything a skier could dream of - endless powder, no lift queues, just perfect conditions all day long. It was surreal. Places like Val d'Isère might see fresh snow disappear within a morning, but in Utah, it just kept coming, day after day.
Another iconic destination that every skier should have on their bucket list. The conditions there never disappoint, and I've never met anyone who didn't have an amazing time skiing in Whistler.
Mount Dobson, New Zealand
One of the most unique memories was from my time working in New Zealand, specifically at a small family-owned ski field called Mount Dobson. It was tiny, even by Scottish standards, and every morning, we'd hop on a 1950s tractor to start one of the lifts. You'd rev up the engine to get it warm, put it in gear, and that's what powered the button lift. It was a quirky experience.
Some of these small ski fields still use rope tows; you'd hook onto a metal belt just like a seatbelt, and it would grip the rope and up you go! No grooming, just skiing wherever your heart desired. It's a far cry from the big resorts like Maribel in the Three Valleys, where you spend a good chunk of your day standing in lift lines.