1st Jun 2013 12:13am | By Alex Harmon
Few people think of our continent as being a great place to ski, but there are some pretty legendary Aussie destinations for skiing. If you plan to hit the slopes, there are a few places that you absolutely cannot miss, both in the mainland and in Tasmania. Here are the five best places to ski:
When searching for accommodation near a ski destination, you would do well to consider Thredbo. The New South Wales ski slopes are perfect for just about anyone, and you can find beautiful hotels and luxury cabins for pretty much any budget.
If your idea of a ski trip includes plenty of dancing, drinking and partying off the slopes, Thredbo is perfect for you. The slopes are varied, though they’re not too tough. You’ll be able to show off your skiing skills to your friends, but the purpose of this resort is to have fun all day and all night long — on and off the slopes.
For those who come to New South Wales just to ski, the Perisher resort is definitely the premier destination. The Perisher slope has some of the toughest runs in the country, but the smooth, powdery snow makes slicing down the hill a real pleasure.
The Blue Cow and Smigging Holes Resorts are also excellent, but the Perisher is for serious skiers. Skiers can test their skills at cross-country skiing just in front of the resort. There is a school for newbies to learn how to ski properly, and the ski slopes spread out seemingly endlessly. If skiing is your passion, this is the place for you.
Falls Creek is the largest ski resort in Victoria, and it is perfect for skiers and snowboarders alike. There are activities taking place 24 hours a day, including skiing down some of the slickest slopes in the country. There are 65 kilometres of trails that cross-country skiers can explore, and the rails and jumps spread throughout the park will be punishing for even the best snowboarders and skiers.
There 15 lifts heading up the mountain and the nearly 100 runs provide snow sport enthusiasts of all experience levels the chance to test their mettle. There are more than 450 hectares of skiable terrain, most of which is designed for intermediate skiers. There are a few beginner runs, but nearly a quarter of the slopes are for advanced skiers.
Mount Hotham, located in Victoria, is the site of the Hotham Resort, one of the country’s premier ski destinations. The ski village sits atop a mountain ridge, providing a fantastic view of the countryside below. There is a school for beginning skiers and snowboarders, activities 24 hours a day, dog sled races, snowmobile rides for kids, and more slopes than you’ll be able to ski during your stay.
There are 13 lifts leading up to more than 80 runs, and the slopes are made for intermediate and advanced skiers. Beginners will have their fill and more advanced skiers looking for a thrill will be aptly satisfied as well.