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There are many great places to ski all over the world and for those who have the bug, the desire to find the perfect mountain with a heap of fresh powder is extreme. Australia is actually a surprisingly fantastic place to hit the slopes and when the conditions are right the snow can be amazing too. Here are some of the best places to ski and/or snowboard in Australia.
A view of Mt Hotham
About half way between Melbourne and Sydney, Thredbo is a skiers/snowboarders paradise. There are short beginner runs, some of the most challenging slopes in the country, and also some great terrain parks. When the conditions are right and the snow is dumping Threadbo has the longest runs in Australia and it is for this reason that Threadbo should be high on your list.
Access to the national park is easy and free, unless you are hiring a car from Sydney or driving your own car. If this is the case you will be charged per day to drive into the park.
If you’re looking to boost your skills then there are classes available daily through the Thredbo Snow Sports School. Whether it’s your first time on the slippery slopes or you are a seasoned vet there are classes available to improve your skills and get refreshed for the season ahead.
Be sure to arrive early in the day if you want to set the first tracks. Thredbo is a very popular ski resort.
If you are flying into Melbourne and want to get straight to the slopes then Mt Buller is the place to go. It’s the most accessible Australian slope due to its proximity to Melbourne.
Mt Buller is roughly a three hour drive from Melbourne and there are many popular transport options to get there. If you like to take things at your own pace then renting a car from Melbourne is your best option. Other options are catching the bus or, if money’s not an option you can hitch a ride in a helicopter.
Mt Buller has close to 80km of groomed trails and has some great cross country terrain too. The mountain is also very well known for its downhill runs and with 22 lifts operating when the conditions are good there is something for everyone to enjoy. Mt Buller also hosts the Victorian Snowsports Championships and if you’re visiting during this time you’ll get to see some of the exciting snowsport talent that comes out of Australia.
The powder capital of Australia is Mt Hotham. Thanks to its good elevation Mt Hotham often receives more snow than anywhere else in Australia.
Mt Hotham is best known for its steep and difficult runs and although the mountain also offers plenty of options for beginners it is well suited for the intermediate and advanced. There are also some great terrain parks if you’re looking for some gnarly airtime.
Mt. Hotham has an airport just minutes from the mountain and you can take a bus from there to the base of the mountain. There is always a great challenge waiting for you around the corner at Mt Hotham.
If you’re like me and you like to have a lot of room to move as you cruise down the mountain then Mt Perisher is the place to be.
It’s the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Interestingly, Mt Perisher is the largest mountain of the seven that are in the area.
You can book your package online which makes the trip that much less stressful and you are ensured a place to ski. There is over 100km of cross country trails for every level of skier. Mt Perisher is also home to a superpipe, so if you’re super skilled then you’re in for a challenge. There are around 30 lifts when the mountain is running at full capacity so you’ll struggle to run out of new experiences.
The quickest way to get there is to fly into Snowy Mountains airport and take a shuttle to the mountain. If you decide to drive from Sydney it will take between six and seven hours.
Australia has some world-class snow when the conditions are good. It’s not all dust ‘n’ dirt, so if you’re into the snow then make the most of what Australia has to offer!