Novice or experienced skier, snowboarder or free-rider, look no further! Australia has an alpine playground suited to you. The infrastructure, the quality and the cost of skiing in Australia is not much different from overseas. Perisher ski resort draws in the biggest crowd every season, and Mt Buller continue to pull the Melbourne weekender market. Falls Creek is the place to go for families, while Thredbo continues to provide a unique European village feel.
For terrain Perisher wins in scale, Thredbo in vertical and variety, while the best run on a powder day will be The Bluff at Thredbo, and Falls Creek for fast lifts and lines . For apres ski, Victoria lords it over New South Wales. Charlotte Pass and Guthega at Perisher in New South Wales both win for charm. Note that Perisher and Thredbo win for value, while Falls Creek and Perisher tie on the social media front.
Here are some of the most recommended ski resorts in Australia:
Thredbo Ski Resort:
Thredbo is old-school skier territory stuck in the past, located midway between Sydney and Melbourne (a six hour drive) this snowy haven has got it all – from gentle beginner runs to some of the most advanced terrain in the country.
Mount Perisher is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Perisher peaks at 2054 meters and is the largest of seven mountains in the village. It boasts a superpipe, 3km run and over 100km of cross-country trails suited to all levels.
With over 65km of world-class trails, Falls Creek is the ideal resort for cross-country skiers as it is home to Australia’s National Cross Country Ski Team. It is also known to many as the free-ride and freestyle capital hosting various state, national and international competitions. A great ski-in ski-out village.
Mount Buller is only a three-hour drive north-east from Melbourne, making it the most accessible slope in Australia. It is renowned for its downhill runs, cross-country trails and after-ski activities. Mt Buller offers a range of packages for people of all ages and skill levels. Students get huge discounts.
Mount Hotham is the the Powder Capital of Australia, best known for its steep valley runs. It has an elevation of 1861m and has the highest level of natural snow than anywhere else in Victoria. There are easy runs for first-timers and plenty of natural gullies, halfpipes and tree runs for the more experienced.
Just a two hour drive from Canberra, Selwyn Snowfields is an ideal family friendly ski resort that is affordable and suited for beginners.
Known as a family resort recommended for beginners and intermediate skier, Mount Buffalo is one of Victoria’s oldest national parks, located near Falls Creek and Mount Hotham. Mount Buffalo’s summit stands at 1695 meters, lending it to good ski runs.
Charlotte Pass has some of the most consistent natural snowfall in the country; it is completely snow covered during winter.
Mt Baw Baw:
Mount Baw Baw is located 120km east of Melbourne. The terrain is ideal for snowboarders, downhill and cross country skiers, making it a perfect family friendly resort.