Top five places to ski in Australia

Perisher, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, Thredbo and Mount Buller are the places to add to your skiing or snowboarding itinerary. Top five places to ski in Australia
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Top five places to ski in Australia

Perisher, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham, Thredbo and Mount Buller are the places to add to your skiing itinerary. 


The snow season has officially started at ski resorts across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. New South Wales offers icy slopes and winter snow fall in  JindabyneAlpine WayCharlotte PassMt Selwyn as well as Canberra. In Victoria, you can head to Mt StirlingLake MountainMt Baw Baw and Dinner Plain and further south in Tasmania are the ski areas of Ben Lomond and Mt Mawson.  

But if you're if you’re a keen skier or snowboarder, you'll want to hit Perisher, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham Thredbo and Mt Buller. For a skiing holiday in Australia, these are the top 5 places to add to your itinerary. 

Perisher, New South Wales 

Perisher, six hours drive from Sydney, or seven hours from Melbourne, has the largest and most expansive ski terrain in Australia 3076 acres (1245 hectares), and is the largest resort in the Southern Hemisphere. It has four areas—Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega and caters for beginners right through to advanced skiers. For beginners they have the flat terrain and easy slopes to build your confidence, and for the more advanced they have steep runs through the gum trees. There are 28 accommodation options in Perisher, including hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and chalets. There are also a number of great bars and restaurants to warm you up after a long day on the slopes. Local tip: try the Wild Brumy Schnapps at the Top Spot Bar in Blue Cow restaurant

When to go: Early June - early October  
Lessons: Perisher offers a range of lessons for adults and kids 
Ski pass: There are a variety of ski pass options from day passes to season passes 
Beginner terrain: 22% 
Intermediate terrain: 60% 
Advanced terrain: 18%

Falls Creek, Victoria

It’s all action at Falls Creek, which sits in Alpine National Park in the scenic Bogong High Plains, a four and a half hour drive from Melbourne. With 1112 acres (450 hectares) of skiable terrain, more than 90 runs and 65 kilometres (40 miles) of free cross-country trails, downhill skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and terrain parks. Ski down the steep, expert slopes at Mt McKay or brave the deep powder stashes of Rocky Knobs and Dam. Explore the back country in Nordic snow shoes, on a snowmobile or along Australia’s first snow bike trails. Toast the sunset from the 1,800 metre (5905 foot) summit or take a heli-flight across Mt McKay and Mt Feathertop to Mt Hotham. Both the village and ski terrain are well designed and the lifts fast and efficient. Free shuttle buses run through the village. Accommodation ranges from budget dorm-style options to cosy lodges to five-star luxury suites. 

When to go: Early June - early October
Lessons: Falls Creek offers a range of lessons for adults and kids in both skiing and snowboarding
Ski pass: There are a variety of ski and lift pass options from day passes to season passes
Beginner terrain: 17% 
Intermediate terrain: 60% 
Advanced terrain: 23%

Mount Hotham, Victoria 

The more conventional route to picturesque Mt Hotham is driving the Great Alpine Road or flying to Hotham airport from Sydney and Melbourne. Mt Hotham is known as ‘The powder capital of Australia’ and once there, you’ll be able to test your skills on the wide, gentle slopes of the Summit or Big D Playground and glide down the Milky Way. More advanced skiers can fly over the chutes and steeps around Mary’s Slide, the bumps on Blue Ribbon or head to Heavenly Valley for heady black runs. For snowboarders, Hotham offers gullies, bowls, hits, berms, lips and open stashes so slick many stunt skiers have cut in on the action. Cross-country ski across Hotham’s powder-covered back country on the many free trails, including the Pub to Pub from Mount Hotham’s General Store to the Dinner Plain Hotel. For beginners, we recommend spending the night in Dinner Plain’s pretty village and test out its gentle beginner-friendly slope the following day.

When to go: Early June – end September 
Lessons: Mt Hotham offers a range of lessons for adults and kids in both skiing and snowboarding, as well as private lessons
Ski pass: There are a variety of ski and lift pass options from day passes to season passes 
Beginner terrain: 20%  
Intermediate terrain: 40%  
Advanced terrain: 40%

Thredbo, New South Wales

Thredbo, nestled in the foothills of Australia’s highest mountains, in the Kosciuszko National Park, is one of the best ski resorts for all seasons. Each season has its own speciality. During the winter skiers, snowboarders and snow lovers flock to the village for but in summer Thredbo is equally as busy with hikers keen to take on the many trails through the Main Range and Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko. In-resort activities include a nine hole golf course, tennis courts, bobsledding, a heated pool, a fully equipped leisure centre, mountain biking, fly fishing and a chairlift. Thredbo is home to the five longest runs in Australia, and caters for all capabilities. The most challenging of Thredbo’s 50 runs is Funnel Web—well known for its near-vertical middle section, and despite Thredbo's low altitude 1364 metres (4,478 feet), it has the country’s highest skiable point 2036 metres (6,683 feet). 

When to go: Early June - early October
Lessons: Thredbo offers a range of lessons for adults and kids in both skiing and snowboarding, as well as private lessons.
Ski pass: there are a variety of ski and lift pass options from day passes to season passes Beginner terrain: 16%
Intermediate terrain: 67%
Advanced terrain: 17%

Mt Buller, Victoria

There’s a wide variety of winter activities at Mt Buller, an easy three hour drive from Melbourne. On its 80+ runs, you’ll find ski slopes to suit every ability – from the green runs of Bourke Street, Baldy and Burnt Hut to breathless black runs such as Federation in the south. You can ski or snowboard under the stars between July and August. Trek to the top of Mt Buller in snowshoes, head out on a sled dog ride or hurtle down the slopes on a toboggan. Just next door is the nature-based resort of Mt Stirling, with more than 60 kilometres (37 miles) of cross-country ski trails cutting across the cloud-like slopes, plus backcountry skiing and even snow camping for the more adventurous. Accommodation is spread throughout the large village, and some are ski in ski out. Mt Buller is also home to the Breathtaker on High Alpine Spa Retreat—Australia’s highest day spa. Local tip: after a day on the slopes, relax with a gluhwein next to the fire at Snow Pony.

When to go: Early June to early October
Lessons: Mt. Buller offers a range of lessons for adults and kids, as well as private lessons  
Ski pass: There are a variety of ski and lift pass options from day passes to season passes 
Beginner terrain:  20% 
Intermediate terrain: 45%  
Advanced terrain: 35%

For snow lovers (who don't want to ski): 

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania 

If you want to see the snow in Australia but don't want to ski, we recommend visiting Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. Cradle Mountain’s snow-capped peaks are an impressive sight synonymous with winter in Tasmania. Adventure seekers can take in this view intimately by lacing up their hiking boots and setting foot on the Overland Track with Tasmanian Expeditions or with Cradle Huts Winter Walks. While the area is known year round for its scenic walks, witnessing winter in this part of Australia is unforgettable. To wind down after the challenging adventure, head to Cradle Mountain Lodge.

When to go: June - August

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