If you love to surf and ski then you’ve probably faced the near-impossible task of choosing between the beach and the mountains. But what if we told you that scattered around the world are a number of special places where you can surf and ski on the same day? You’ve heard it right. You can achieve the dream in the wilds of Canada’s Vancouver Island, California’s Orange County, and Maine. There’s opportunities around Biarritz, a swanky resort on France’s Basque coast, and Christchurch, set between New Zealand’s Pacific shoreline and rugged mountains, too.
At these thrilling destinations the waves and snow are less than a four hour drive away, meaning that you can paddle out to an uncrowded lineup and carve up on powdery slopes in the same day. Here we’ll opt for a morning surf and an afternoon ski, but ultimately the order of play is down to you.