Australia offers a unique skiing experience with classic Aussie scenery – schussing through snow gum forests is something you can only do on the slopes Down Under. Despite the country’s relatively modest peaks, Aussies love winter sports, and the nation has produced world class competitors, including snowboarder Torah Bright and aerial skier Alisa Camplin, both winter Olympic medalists. Most of the country’s ski areas snuggle in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and the Victorian Alps and lie less than a day’s drive away from Sydney or Melbourne. Besides downhill skiing and snowboarding, the resorts usually offer tobogganing, tubing, terrain parks, cross country trails, and many also offer night skiing and extensive snowmaking capabilities.
Typically the ski season opens in early June and ends in late September. When planning a ski trip in Australia note that most of the resorts lie within national parks that require a daily entry fee. Also chains or 4WD vehicles are mandatory for access to most of the resorts. Finally, what Australia lacks in steeps and snowpack, it compensates for with a bubbly après ski vibe, so be sure to mingle with the friendly locals while you’re there.
1 Perisher, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
2 Falls Creek, Alpine National Park, Victoria
3 Thredbo Alpine Resort, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
4 Mt. Buller, Victoria
5 Mt. Hotham, Australian Alps National Park, Victoria
6 Charlotte Pass, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
7 Mt. Baw Baw Alpine Resort, Baw Baw National Park, Victoria