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. Typically running from July to October, when snowfall makes for ideal conditions for skiing, snowboarding and a variety of fun snow play activities, hitting the snow during ski season in Australia makes for a truly unique experience.
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. Situated 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 fitted with gentle slopes and a designated ‘first time only’ area to allow beginners to test out their skills. Enjoy a homemade hot chocolate in the village and explore the wide range of extracurricular ski 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 over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, the resort offers four main ski parks for all ability levels. 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.
Charlotte Pass Snow Resort
Charlotte Pass Snow Resort is Australia’s highest resort. The area receives some of the most consistent snowfalls during ski season, making it an ideal spot for taking on the slopes in quality, natural snow. With a range of runs to cater to skiers of different abilities, beginners can ski gently down the East Starter run, while 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 guests who aren’t quite ready to tackle the slopes.
Mount Hotham Alpine Resort
Considered the ‘powder capital of Australia,’ Mount Hotham Alpine Resort has been a popular ski hub for over 125 years. With 320 hectares of ski terrain and runs suited for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders, the resort draws plenty of enthusiastic skiers each ski season. Seasoned skiers will enjoy average snowfall of 300 cm and one of the longest vertical drops in the country at 395 metres. Mount Hotham is located within the Great Dividing Range, around 4.5 hours drive from Melbourne, making it one of Victoria’s best kept winter holiday secrets.
With over 35 hectares of groomed runs, and a 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. Try your hand at night skiing at the Twilight Sessions on Saturdays and Sundays, or just sit back and enjoy the 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 choice of gentle beginner slopes before moving onto the more advanced runs at Mt. Hotham, which can be found just 10 km away. The 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. 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, while around 60% of Falls Creek’s terrain consists of intermediate difficulty runs, meaning it’s also great place for those who have skied before. Try out a range of green, blue and black runs. Visitors can also head to nearby Mount Beauty to enjoy skiing, mountain bike riding and more outdoor activities.
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. Located around 1.5 hours from Launceston, Ben Lomond hosts 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 cup of hot chocolate.
Cradle Mountain is home to some of the most amazing skiing adventures in Tasmania. However, 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. Stunning all year round, it’s particularly lovely with a soft blanket of snow.