Not sure where to go skiing or snowboarding in Australia? Here is the run-down of the best ski resorts offered in Oz.
Thredbo Resort boasts a huge amount of snow terrain for all ages and abilities, a range of amazing lessons and programs to help you get your snow feet, plus Australia’s biggest and best winter events calendar. The village is right at the base of the mountain with a range of accommodation, restaurants, bars, cafes and retail shops, keeping you entertained both on and off the mountain. Thredbo is Australia’s Best Ski Resort, taking out the prestigious award from the World Ski Awards for six years running. Plus it boasts Australia’s longest ski run for that extra burn on the quads!
Where: Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
Adelaide – Thredbo 1088km, 12 1/2 hours
Melbourne – Thredbo 548km, 6 3/4 hours
Sydney – Thredbo 492km, 5 3/4 hours
Perisher Ski Resort
Perisher combines four resorts – Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega - and over 3000 acres of skiable terrain all of which interlink. It is the largest snow resort operation in Australia and has the highest terrain, greatest number of lifts and a lot of snow! Perisher has a great range of terrain from beginner runs through to advanced terrain. You can stay on mountain for ski in, ski out option, in the village or in nearby Jindabyne.
Where: Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales
Adelaide – Perisher 1148km, 13 1/4 hours
Melbourne – Perisher 609km, 7 1/2 hours
Sydney – Perisher 488km, 5 3/4 hours
Falls Creek Alpine Resort
Falls Creek features the largest skiable area in Victoria, with a massive 450 hectares of progression perfect terrain. With 90 runs accessed by 14 lifts, there is something to suit every skier and snowboarder’s ability. It is a pedestrian only ski village where all accommodation, dining and snow activities plus shopping is literally ski in, ski out. You will need a good pair of après boots to walk the village. Falls is great for families with a great ski school, child dedicated runs and a child care for when you need adult time!
Where: Alpine National Park, Victoria
Adelaide – Falls Creek 964km, 11 hours
Melbourne – Falls Creek 387km, 5 hours
Sydney – Falls Creek 673km, 7 3/4 hours
Hotham is Australia’s highest alpine village, with the village perched on top of the mountain meaning your first ski of the day is down to the chairlift. This is a mountain for those who like their runs steeper and deeper, with an impressive mix of intermediate, advanced and expert terrain as well as a separate beginners' area. Considered the 'Powder Capital' of Australia, Hotham has 13 chair lifts, 3 terrain parks and 35km of cross country skiing. With family friendly activities like tobogganing, dog sled tours and snow mobile rides, Hotham has something for everyone.
Where: Hotham Heights, Victoria
Adelaide – Hotham 1148km, 11 hours
Melbourne – Hotham 609km, 4 3/4 hours
Sydney – Hotham 488km, 8 hours
Mt Buller Alpine Resort
With 20 lifts, Mt Buller has the largest lift network in Victoria, including thirteen chairlifts, two T-bars, two rope tows and three magic carpets. The resort features three Terrain Parks designed for all skill levels and has over 300 hectares of skiable terrain. The village is situated picturesquely at the heart of the mountain and has Australia’s highest day spa retreat for easing those aching muscles or some pampering. Take your camera as Many of Australia’s winter Olympians ski here and you can sometimes see them in action at the resort's competitive events or carving it up on the mountain.
Where: High Country, Victoria
Adelaide – Mount Buller 860km, 10 hours
Melbourne – Mount Buller 235km, 3 1/2 hours
Sydney – Mount Buller 776km, 8 1/2 hours
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