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The Ultimate Guide to Skiing in Australia

Skyscanner Australia takes a look at the best ski resorts in Australia.

Do you love hitting the slopes? You don’t have to fly to New Zealand or Europe for peak powder, especially when we have some epic ski resorts of our own.

Read our guide, where we give you a run down on the best resorts, so you can choose one that suits your needs for the perfect ski holiday in Australia.

Perisher

It’s hard to see past Perisher if you are after a true blue skiing holiday in Australia. The Perisher Ski Resort is the largest in the country, and indeed the entire southern hemisphere. Set in the Snowy Mountains, the resort encompasses four ski villages, Perisher Valley, Smiggen Holes, Mt. Blue Cow, and Guthega.

Perisher tends to top most best-of lists when it comes to ski resorts in Australia. This is because it’s huge, but also offers excellent trick courses, such as rider cross courses and half pipes. The resort also stays open late (until 9:00pm) if you want to make the most of your day pass, and frequently hosts festivals and events for those beginners that want to ease into the skiing scene.

Pros of skiing in Perisher

  • Reliable snowfall in peak season
  • Over 3000 acres of ski terrain
  • Variety of runs to suit different ability levels
  • Good access to slopes via lifts and trails
  • Excellent facilities for freestyle skiers and snowboarders
  • Entertainment options for visitors who don’t ski, or if the snowfall is poor

Cons of skiing in Perisher

  • You will need natural snow for the runs to really be enjoyable

How do I get there?

The easiest way to reach Perisher is to fly to Canberra, which is the closest city to the resort.

Best ski resort in Australia for: freestylers, snowboarders and night owls.

Mount Buller

A staple ski resort, and an easy distance from Melbourne city centre (around 3 hours), this mountain retreat is great for a winter weekend away. Nestled in the Alpine National Park in Victoria, you can rely on stunning scenery here.

There are also good facilities and an great range of runs. Intermediate skiers can hit the Northern Slopes for blue runs, and expert skiers will enjoy the black diamond trails on the Southern Slopes. At Bourke Street beginners can test the snow in safety.

Pros of skiing in Mount Buller

  • Good range of runs for all types of skiers
  • The lowest adult day pass rate of all the resorts at $90AUD
  • 22 lifts for over 700 acres of terrain, making the runs very accessible
  • More than 30 bars and restaurants, as well as spas for a little après ski time.
  • Family-friendly thanks to its beginner ski area and toboggan parks

Cons of skiing in Mount Buller

  • Can be crowded because of the proximity to the city

How do I get there?

If you don’t live nearby, you can book cheap flights to Melbourne, and find an affordable car hire deal to make your way to Mount Buller.

Best ski resort in Australia for: variety of runs and après ski activities

Falls Creek

If you love the scenery of Mount Buller, but aren’t that keen on crowds, then Falls Creek might suit you to a tee. This resort is also known for being a great spot for intermediate skiers. A ski holiday to Falls Creek will mean you won’t have to dodge expert skiers or trip over beginners. There are some 92 runs you can enjoy at Falls Creek, and in winter, the snow is pretty reliable, especially at Mount McKay.

However, the best reason to come to Falls Creek is if you’re hankering for cross-country trails. If you’ve never heard of cross-country skiing, or are simply keen to try, first time visitors to Falls Creek can rent the specialist gear for one hour, free of charge.

Pros of skiing in Mount Buller

  • Best spot for cross-country skiing, plus a free trial hour for first timers.
  • Less crowded than other resorts, such as Mount Buller
  • Ski in/ski out hotels available
  • Reliable snow in peak season
  • Best resort for intermediate skiers

Cons of skiing in Mount Buller

  • Expert skiers may find the runs too easy, whilst beginners may find them too hard.

How do I get there?

The closest airport to Falls Creek is Albury Airport. However, you can also fly to Melbourne and drive the 4.5 hours if you’d like mobility when you get to the resort.

Best ski resort in Australia for: cross-country skiing and intermediate skiers

Mount Hotham

We could hardly leave ‘the powder capital of Australia’ off our list, a moniker earned thanks to it having the highest annual snowfall in the state of Victoria. For expert skiers, this is THE ski resort in Australia, offering steep valley runs and challenging terrain that will get that adrenalin going. Test your mettle against these difficult trails, such as Mary’s Slide, the legendary double black diamond run.

Tag-alongs, beginners and intermediate skiers won’t feel left out at Mount Hotham, as there are training runs, and a variety of trails still available. Plus, there are great facilities here, and a decent number of bars and restaurants.

Pros of skiing in Mount Hotham

  • Great black diamond runs for expert skiers
  • Good options for intermediate and beginner skiers
  • Ski in/ski out hotels available
  • Over 600ac of ski terrain
  • Plenty of après-ski options, such as spas, restaurants and bars.

How do I get there?

There is a small aerodrome that operates flights into Hotham, but often the best way to get there is by flying to Melbourne and driving. It takes 4.5 hours from Melbourne and the scenery makes the trip worth it.

Best ski resort in Australia for: expert skiers

Thredbo

Last on our list, but not in our hearts, is Thredbo. Boasting the longest ski run in the whole of Australasia—a staggering 5.9km—this ski resort isn’t short on charms. There are runs and trails for every level of ability, which makes it a great shout for a family or group of friends with mixed experience.

Expert skiers can hit the Funnel Web black trail or try out some of the back-country runs. Whilst intermediate skiers will have the time of their lives – most of the runs in the resort are blue. Learners can get to grips with the sport at the Friday Flat, and non-skiers will enjoy dining at the Eagle’s Nest, the highest restaurant in Australia!

Pros of skiing in Thredbo

  • Lots of intermediate ski runs, but more than enough trails to keep experts happy.
  • Great après-ski scene – with over 30 bar and dining options.
  • Good non-skiing facilities too, from spas, to pools, to climbing walls.
  • Longest ski run in Australia
  • Snowmaking system in place in case of poor snowfall

Cons of skiing in Thredbo

  • Less options for beginners if they want to advance.

How do I get there?

Thredbo is equidistant from Melbourne and Sydney, and there are direct flights to the Snowy Mountains Airport. You can also fly to Canberra, and hop aboard a 2.5 hour shuttle straight from this airport.

Best ski resort in Australia for: mixed ability skiers

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