September is one of the quietest months in world skiing, as the summer ski season in the Alps finishes and the southern hemisphere’s season begins to wind down. It’s a great time to head to the less crowded slopes, and often you can find some fantastic deals on ski holidays.
For the serious freestyler, this might just be your best chance of hitting the jumps before the official season starts. Saas-Fee in Switzerland has been hosting pro freestylers since mid-August, while Hintertux in Austria has a huge park set up every year on its glacier and is likely to see some early season training camps taking place soon.
If you’re keen to hit the slopes for a few days of deep powder skiing, there’s no better place than Canada. Known as the Powder Highway, it’s home to seven resorts that can be easily accessed with geographically different storm paths, and the base depth of snow is typically at its deepest by this point.
If a ski holiday is on your agenda, we’d suggest adding Cerro Catedral, a ski destination in Patagonia that’s famous for its granite cathedral spire mountains. The area is incredibly diverse and offers something for all levels of skiing.
Corralco on the southern slopes of 2865m-high Lonquimay in Chile is a blissfully low-key ski hub, despite its location at the end of a long ski season. Its 1800 hectares of snow-lashed terrain is perfect for beginners and intermediates, while the natural hot springs of Malalcahuello only 10km southwest are a good spot to unwind after a day on the slopes.