5 Places Where You Can Ski and Golf in the Same Day

Quintin Mills | | Industry NewsIndustry News
golfing and skiing in the same day
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Spring is a magical sporting season. It’s the crossroads of winter sports and summer sports. It’s almost time to switch out your skis for your clubs, but the snow gods were kind this year. The shredding continues.

An article by the New York Times, using Sotheby’s International Realty data, revealed that in 2021, searches for global properties with access to both skiing and golfing had gone up nearly 245%. 

Skiing and golfing complement each other and have more in common than people think. You’re always chasing something in both of these sports. In skiing you’re chasing that next turn, next storm, next epic powder day. In golf, you’re always chasing the feeling of driving the ball 300 yards, chipping it perfectly on the green, or sinking a deep putt. 

Let’s explore 5 places around the world where you can ski and golf in the same day.

1. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, USA

Tahoe has a high concentration of ski resorts and access to a wide array of outdoor activities. Palisades Tahoe has even dubbed itself the spring skiing capital of the world, and they will be open until the 4th of July this year. Kirkwood, Mt. Rose and Heavenly are all good choices for spring skiing. 

Tahoe takes pride in its famous ski resorts, but it’s also home to some picturesque golf courses. Edgewood Resort in South Lake is home to the celebrity golf tournament each summer, the Old Greenwood course in Truckee designed by Jack Nicklaus, and Northstar Golf Course are just a few you can choose from. Not to mention, Reno is just half an hour away that offers a few top notch courses like Montreux and Lakeridge

Golf course at Edgewood Resort
Snow capped mountains above Edgewood Golf Course–Courtesy of Edgewood Resort

2. Chamonix, France

Nestled in the French Alps, Chamonix is one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. The Chamonix area has multiple different ski areas that are all either connected by lifts, trains or buses. Les Houches, Brévent and Grands Montets/Argentiere are a few of the most renowned in the area with excellent big mountain terrain and solid spring skiing.

The Chamonix Golf Club is the only course in the area, but they offer reasonable prices for their world-class course. Imagine teeing off with glaciers towering over you and a cool breeze as you sip your French 75. Despite being surrounded by steep, jagged mountain peaks, the course itself is relatively flat. It makes for an accessible course for golfers of all skill levels. 

golf and ski in the same day at Chamonix
At the foot of the giant of the Alps, excellence in green, white and blue–Courtesy of Chamonix Golf Club

3. Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown sits on the shore of Lake Wakatipu in the heart of the Southern Alps. From the city, you have access to 4 ski resorts: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. A typical season from mid-June to mid-October will give you opportunities to ski and golf in the same day. 

New Zealand might not be known for its golf, but Queenstown is a hotspot. There’s six golf courses within a 20-minute drive of the city. Most notably are Jack’s Point in the shadows of The Remarkables, Queenstown Golf Club on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula, and 27-hole behemoth, The Millbrook Golf Club

Jack's Point golfing
Golfing Under The Remarkables–Courtesy of Jack’s Point

4. Hakuba, Japan

The Hakuba region is dense with great skiing and riding with nine resorts to choose from in the area. Hakuba Happo-One was home to the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, and they offer night riding so you can get a quick 18 in before you ski. Kashimayari Ski Resort is a smaller, uncrowded resort known for its mix of advanced and beginner terrain, and it’s easily accessible from Tokyo. 

While Hakuba is home to Ja-Pow, the golfing is nothing to scoff at either. This article about Hakuba golfing explains the golf culture in Japan. 

According to the article, the 80s saw a boom in the golf industry in Japan, and many top-notch courses were built. It used to be seen as a high-class outing in Japanese culture, but the thought process has changed. It has become more accessible for the general population, and your fees will cover your cart, lunch, and access to a hot spring bath afterwards. 

ski and gold in Hakuba Valley, Japan
Hakuba Valley–Photo by Hiroya Nakata

5. British Columbia, Canada 

With the likes of Whistler and Revelstoke, B.C. is a powerhouse in the ski realm. It goes without saying it’s one of the premier areas for skiing in the world. It’s resort rich and backcountry with a typically long season. B.C. also has 300+ golf courses in the province, including a plethora of mountain courses closer to ski resorts. 

The Revelstoke Golf Club on the Columbia River is a popular course that offers scenic views and relaxing terrain that uses natural features. B.C. is home to different mountain ranges, and my favorite is the Kootenays. Redstone Resort is in the West Kootenays and boasts itself the prettiest golf course in Canada. The architect for Redstone is the legendary Les Furber, who has designed golf courses across the world. Read this interview with Furber to get a better idea of Redstone. 

Kootenay Sea
A View of the Kootenay Sea-Photo by Quintin Mills

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