Looking to hit the slopes this ski season? Australia may not be known for its cold climates, snowfall and winter sports outings, but there’s still plenty of world-class resorts boasting skiing and downhill action throughout the ski season, which typically lasts from June to October.
Here are our picks for the ten best places for skiing in Australia:
1. Thredbo, New South Wales
With a range of winter events, plenty of runs suitable for beginners and a Milo kids club for kids aged 3-6, Thredbo Alpine Village caters to skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Take advantage of the giant purpose-built beginner areas fitted with gentle slopes and a designated ‘first time only’ area to allow beginners to test out their skills and master their technique before trying more intermediate and advanced runs.
For more thrills and spills on and off the snow, there’s also a range of terrain parks, night skiing on Thursday and Saturday evenings, and a pedestrian friendly village which serves up a mean hot chocolate.
2. Mount Buller, Victoria
Three hours drive from Melbourne, Mount Buller boasts over 300 hectares of skiable terrain and a huge range of runs suited for skiing and snowboarding. If you’re a beginner, head to the gentle slopes of Bourke Street and enjoy space wide enough to practice your turns, or if you’re an experienced skier, take the challenge of black runs towards the back of the Summit.
Mount Buller also has two toboggan parks for fun off the slopes, if you’re travelling with kids or beginner riders who aren’t ready to brave a pair of skis.
3. Perisher, New South Wales
With four resort areas and over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, Perisher is one of the most bustling ski resorts in the Snowy Mountains. Boasting four main parks including Guthega, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Perisher Valley, first-timers, experienced and advanced skiers alike will fall in love with the many great runs on hand.
Smiggins Holes is ideal for beginners and an excellent place for kids, while Blue Cow is accessible via the Skitube and boasts 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. The Valley is also home to a terrain park, and is where ski events, including cross country and night skiing, go down.
Guthega has recently undergone a huge transformation. With runs ranging from green, blue, double blue and black, and breathtaking views across the Kosciuszko mountain range, there’s plenty of terrain for skiers to cover.
4. Mount Hotham, Victoria
Considered the ‘Powder capital of Australia,’ Mount Hotham draws plenty of enthusiastic skiers each ski season. With 320 hectares of ski terrain and runs suited for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, this ski hub only 4.5 hours drive from Melbourne forms one of Victoria’s most popular winter holiday spots.
For even further snow fun, head to Dinner Plain, which lies 10 km from Mount Hotham, and tackle the many beginner-friendly slopes in the resort.
5. Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park in Tasmania
Tasmania isn’t usually 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 and a fresh winter sports experience.
Cross-country skiing on Cradle Mountain is a great way to check out the stunning national park area, which consists of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. Stunning all year round, it’s particularly lovely with a soft blanket of snow over its mountainous surface.
6. Falls Creek Ski Resort – Hume, Victoria
Fall Creek 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.
With a range of green, blue and black runs, around 60% of Falls Creek’s terrain consists of intermediate difficulty runs, meaning it’s a great place for those who have skied before and want a range of different tracks to head out on.
7. Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort – Great Dividing Range, Victoria
Melbourne closest downhill ski resort, Mount Baw Baw is only 2.5 hours from Melbourne and an ideal spot for cross country and downhill skiers and snowboarders.
With over 35 hectares of groomed runs, and a friendly village fitted with accommodation, ski hire, refreshments off the slopes and more, Mount Buller’s ski resort provides guest with an all-out winter sports experience. Families will love many ski runs suitable for beginners, and guests can even enjoy dog sled tours during winter!
8. Charlottes Pass Ski Resort – Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
As Australia’s highest resort, Charlottes Pass receives some of the most consistent snowfalls during ski season, making it a great spot for carving the slopes in quality natural snow.
With a range of runs to cater to skiers of different abilities, ski gently down the East Starter run which eases beginners into skiing, tackle the medium difficulty Kosi Coaster, or carve down the challenging and thrilling terrain of Sidewinder and Guthrie’s Chutes, perfect for hardcore riders.
9. Dinner Plain – Great Alpine Road, Victoria
Dinner Plain is a great place to tackle a range of gentle beginner slopes before moving onto the slightly more advanced runs at Mt. Hotham which is just 10 km away. Dinner Plain ski resort also offers one of Australia’s most competitive rates on a family lift pass and no gate entry fee, making it an affordable spot for first-timers.
The resort is also home of the Dinner Plain Dog Sled Challenge, where powerful dog teams from across Australia race for the top prize.
10. Selwyn Snowfields – Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
Selwyn Snowfields is home to a small and family-friendly ski resort with ski slopes suited to a range of skill levels. The family owned and operated spot has been a long favourite among NSW’s various ski resorts, with progressive terrain which allows 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 any guests who aren’t quite ready to tackle the slopes.
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