They may not get as much attention as glorious Switzerland and the sprawling States, but Australia’s winter wonderlands are nothing to sniff at. This ski season, skip the overseas getaway, and explore the options in your backyard instead.
Tucked between Melbourne and Sydney, this Kosciuszko National Park spot covers all the bases: beginner slopes, challenging terrain and piles of annual snowfall. What’s more, it’s among the country’s most popular ski destinations, so you’ll be treated to a world of tourist-friendly amenities.
Also in Kosciuszko National Park, Perisher is better suited for the more adventurous winter explorers. Local pros tend get their kicks here, so you’ll be greeted with a world of killer runs, cross-country trails and epic superpipes. Don’t worry if you’re still a beginner; several of the trails are ideal for newcomers.
Just a few hours north of Melbourne, this Alpine National Park resort has the market cornered on cross-country terrain and downhill runs. Beginners can kick off with an on-site lesson while experienced skiers and boarders will want to zoom straight to the lifts. Trying to save a little cash? Take a look at the resort’s packages — they offer unbeatable value for everyone from families to students — and make sure to book your insurance for ski travel well in advance.
Welcome to Australia’s so-called Powder Capital. Situated in the northeast of Victoria, this region takes valley runs to a whole new level of thrill inducing. The natural snowfall makes for pristine conditions, and the exciting gullies and tree runs give advanced skiers something to write home about. Plan to spend at least a few days here even if you’re watching your wallet; the multi-day passes are made for budget-conscious travelers.
Prefer cross-country trails to downhill terrain? Falls Creek is your new best friend. Not only does this Victoria beauty boast some of the world’s most pristine cross-country runs, but it’s also the training grounds for the country’s national team. What’s more, a number of highly respected competitions are held on the premises, so you’ll always be getting the most world-class experience. Make sure to set aside a little time to try your hand at snow biking; it’s one of the resort’s exclusive claims to fame.
Tasmania may not be the world’s first choice when it comes to ski resorts, but Cradle Mountain is about to change that perception. This rugged spot isn’t for the nervous first timer; steep runs and challenging terrain are designed to get even the most advanced skier’s blood pumping, and the back bowl is topped only by the hike you have to endure to get there. This is one area that’s begging to be explored.