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The government has announced that ski resorts will be opening soon, meaning that it is time to get out your beanies and pull on your mittens to get ready to shred up the slopes.
We have collated our best ski destinations to inspire your winter road trip.
If you head south of Sydney for approximately 6 hours, you’ll find yourself at Thredbo. This beautiful ski resort is home to Australasia’s longest run, The Thredbo Super trail, which features just under 6km of groomed snow to get your adrenalin pumping. This mountain is known for its longer runs, but with more than 50 tracks, there is something for every experience level.
When you are ready to take a break from shredding the slopes, explore fun après scene, enjoy delicious winter warmers and even relax your muscles in an outdoor jacuzzi. If skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, try tobogganing in the Snow Play Park, snowshoeing in the back country, or visit Australia’s highest peak via the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. One of our highlights is participating in the ‘Flare Run’, a fun, after-dark ski event that is held on Saturday nights throughout winter.
FALLS CREEK, VICTORIA
Victoria’s largest ski resort is located four and a half hours from Melbourne and just two hours from Albury airport. This mountain, commonly referred to as ‘Falls’, has 92 runs that will get any skier or snowboarder’s heart pumping and thighs burning. With Victoria’s best snow coverage and 65km of trails, Falls Creek also offers wonderful cross-country skiing.
Falls Creek is super family friendly as the entire ski village is pedestrian-only, meaning all accommodation, activities and dining is ski-in/ski-out. It is a great place for beginner skiers and tiny tots, with a fantastic ski school, and beautiful child-only runs through the forest trees, across the mountain.
CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE ST CLAIR NATIONAL PARK, TASMANIA
Although this is not a ski resort, Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park is undeniably one of the most stunning alpine parks in Australia. Easily accessible from both Hobart and Launceston, this national park is found in the middle of the Tasmanian Island, and stands at 1545m above sea level. Snowfall is regular at Cradle Mountain making it the perfect winter wonderland getaway.
Don’t miss the incredible views from the Overland Track, which sees you cover 65Km over six days. This hike enables you to explore the alpine lakes and magnificent mountains that will lead you to Lake St Clair. Wind down from the walk by building a snowman or having a snowball fight. Marshmallows and hot chocolate are also highly encouraged.
MOUNT BULLER, VIC
From Melbourne, Mount Buller is just a short three-hour, scenic drive away. There is something for everyone at one of Victoria’s most popular ski resorts, with children’s ski-school and fun beginner runs, to adrenalin pumping black runs.
Unwind from a day on the slopes at Australia’s highest day spa, explore the lively après scene with 30 bars and restaurants, or have the whole family in fits of laughter while you shred the toboggan parks.
Perisher is located six hours, southwest of Sydney, and boasts the title of Biggest Ski destination in the Southern Hemisphere. This ski destination features four resorts; Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega, offering you 1254 hectares of fresh tracks, 47 chair lifts, seven mountains and five terrain parks to explore. Don’t miss Australia’s highest chairlift, with climbs to 2034m at Perisher.
With so many runs on offer, it may be a little overwhelming. For newbies, start on Smiggins Holes, for super confident skiers and snowboarders, we challenge you to take on Back Perisher Mountain. Cross-country skiers are also spoilt for choice, with 100km of forest trails to explore.