Usually associated with beautiful beaches and long summer days, Australia also offers a decent ski season with plenty of snow covered ski fields to choose from across its southern states. The duration of the ski season can change between region and weather, although it usually happens between July to October. No matter if you’re a skier, snowboarder or just have a knack with snowman-building, setting your sights on the slopes during ski season in Australia is a great option to have on your winter holiday radar.
Check out some of the best places for skiing in Australia below and start planning how you’ll spend ski season!
New South Wales
Thredbo is one of the most popular ski resorts in New South Wales. Located in the Snowy Mountains, Thredbo Alpine Village caters to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Take advantage of the giant purpose-built beginner areas that are fitted with gentle slopes and even a designated space designed just for beginners and first-time snow bunnies. Sip a steamy hot chocolate from a café in the village and explore the range of extra activities available, including night skiing on Thursday and Saturday evenings, flare runs and family-friendly snow play.
The largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, Perisher is a bustling ski resort set in the heart of the Snowy Mountains. With four resort areas and more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, the resort offers four main ski parks that cover all ability levels. Smiggins Holes is ideal for beginners and an excellent place for kids, while Blue Cow is accessible via the Skitube and has a range of easy and medium difficulty runs. Perisher Valley has terrain suited to anyone, from first-time skiers to advanced riders looking for their next black run.
Charlotte Pass Snow Resort
Charlotte Pass Snow Resort is Australia’s highest-altitude resort. The area receives some of the most consistent snowfalls during ski season, which makes it an ideal spot for those seeking slopes with incredible quality snow. There are a range of runs to cater to skiers of different abilities; beginners can head down the East Starter run, and more experienced skiers can tackle the medium difficulty Kosi Coaster or carve down the challenging terrain of Sidewinder and Guthrie’s Chutes. Book a chalet in nearby Jindabyne to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park.
Selwyn Snow Resort
Selwyn Snow Resort is home to a cosy, family-friendly ski resort, with slopes suited to a variety of skill levels. The family-owned and operated ski spot has long been a popular holiday destination in the Snowy Mountains. The resort offers a range of progressive terrains that allow you test out your skills before tackling the more challenging runs. For non-skiers, Selwyn is also home to several toboggan runs and snow-tubing spots, perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to tackle the slopes.
Mount Hotham Alpine Resort
Often called the ‘Powder Capital of Australia,’ Mount Hotham Alpine Resort has been a popular ski hub for more than 125 years. With 320 hectares of ski terrain and runs suited for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, the resort draws plenty of enthusiastic skiers and boarders each ski season. Mount Hotham is located within the Great Dividing Range, around a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne.
With more 35 hectares of runs, a bustling village, great accommodation options and more, Mount Buller’s ski resort provides guest with an all-out winter sports experience. Try your hand at night skiing at the Twilight Sessions, or just sit back and enjoy live entertainment in the resort village. Families will love the many ski runs suitable for beginners, and guests can even enjoy dog sled tours and toboggan rides during the winter months!
Dinner Plain Alpine Resort
Dinner Plain Alpine Resort is a great place to tackle a wide variety of gentle beginner slopes before moving onto the more advanced runs at Mt. Hotham, which is located just 10 km away. Dinner Plain is also home of the Dinner Plain Dog Sled Challenge, where powerful dog teams from across Australia compete for the top prize.
Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Tucked away in Victoria’s High Country, Falls Creek Alpine Resort features a huge 450 hectares of skiable terrain – more than any other resort in Victoria. With around 90 runs and 14 ski lifts, the huge ski resort has something for skiers of all abilities. Around 60% of Falls Creek’s terrain is made up of intermediate runs, so the resort caters for those who have skied before too; try out a range of green, blue and black runs.
Tasmania may not be at the top of an Australian skiers’ winter travel list, but it certainly delivers – especially if you prefer skiing on uncrowded slopes with prime alpine views. Located about 90 minutes’ drive from Launceston, Ben Lomond features a wide range of fun activities, including toboggan and snow play areas, downhill skiing and snowboarding facilities. Head to the Alpine Village at the foot of the ski hills for traditional winter warmers and a mug of hot chocolate.
Cradle Mountain is home to some of the most amazing skiing adventures in Tasmania. The mountain has many steep areas ideal for more experienced skiers, and avid skiers will have to walk to the Cradle Plateau to get the best of the snowfall. Cross-country skiing on Cradle Mountain is a great way to check out the stunning Lake St. Clair National Park, which encompasses Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. While this area is gorgeous no matter the time of year, it’s particularly lovely with a soft blanket of snow.