BEST PLACES TO SKI IN AUSTRALIA
Here in Australia winter is not as ominous as it sounds. As the snow starts to fall you can head to the hills for some outdoor skiing and snowboarding action. Here are the top destinations to shred it up on the Australian powder.
PERISHER, NEW SOUTH WALES
With more than three thousand acres to explore, Perisher in New South Wales is the biggest resort in the Southern Hemisphere. The resort is very drivable from Melbourne and Sydney, making it a popular destination for city-dwellers looking to escape the big smoke for a week on the slopes. Perisher offers great accommodation options and vibrant bars and restaurants for unwinding after a tough day carving up the powder. The four resorts of Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega offer fantastic skiing and snowboarding for all levels between June and October.
MOUNT HOTHAM, VICTORIA
Conveniently located off the Great Alpine Road, Mount Hotham provides a wintery playground for skiers and snowboarders alike. The resort boasts some of the best skiing in Australia and has a wide selection of more challenging run for the experienced skiers and boarders. Mary´s Slide, Blue Ribbon and Heavenly Valley offer some of the best downhill black runs in the Southern Hemisphere. For boarders and skiers craving even more adrenaline, Hotham has a snowpark with bowls, lips and berms. For something a little gentler, Mount Hotham offers some backcountry cross country roots, including the Pub to Pub from the General Store to the Dinner Plain Hotel. The resort opens in June and usually winds down at the end of September.
FALLS CREEK, VICTORIA
Just four hours from Melbourne, the breathtaking views of the Alpine National Park offer some high-quality skiing at Falls Creek. Falls Creek provides more than 65 kilometres of skiable terrain including cross-country trails, downhill skiing, tobogganing, snow parks, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and snowbiking. The accommodation on offer caters for every budget and the season runs from June to early October.
MT BULLER, VICTORIA
Within spitting distance of Melbourne lies Mount Buller. A great resort for all ages and abilities, Mount Buller offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow camping, tobogganing, trekking and climbing, snowshoeing and sledge dogging. The resort is a wonderland of winter activities and provides an idyllic location for backcountry exploring. There is a range of accommodation options within the resort and also in the surrounding villages within commutable distance to the action. The Snow Pony offers a welcoming fire and good drinking for some post-skiing relaxation.
THREDBO, NEW SOUTH WALES
Tucked away in the peaks of Kosciuszko National park, Thredbo offers year-round fun in the heart of the Australian Alps. The winter sees skiers and snowboarders descend on the resort to carve up the fifty downhill slopes to choose from. In the summer the adrenaline junkies give way to hikers looking to tackle Mount Kosciuszko. The resort also has a golf course, tennis courts, mountain biking trails and excellent fishing locations, giving you plenty of options if you love the snow but just can’t face skiing or snowboarding. The season runs from early June until early October.
What do you think? What are some of your suggested locations for skiing in Australia?