As the season in the northern hemisphere comes to a close, it is time for you ski and snowboard fanatics to start venturing further afield to quench your hunger for fresh powder and the perfect après party. Although it might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you picture the sun-drenched beaches and crashing waves of Australia, the land down under is in fact home to some fantastic runs which can be easily accessed from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. The snow season starts around the end of June and finishes in the first week of October. Here are a few of the country’s best ski resorts.
Mt Buller is the most accessible snow resort in Australia and being only three hours from Melbourne means you can snap up a cheap car hire and head to the snow for a day trip if you are short of time. The resort has a real big mountain vibe, over 80 runs, 25 lifts and 263 hectares of skiable area. There are runs to suit all abilities, a half pipe and toboggans for hire so you won’t risk being caught without something to do.
You can easily fly, drive or kick back on a coach to this popular resort from Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra. Thredbo is best known for being home to the Monster Energy Bag Jump where wannabe stunt men can practice their flips and jumps onto a giant inflatable pillow without risk of injury! Thredbo is also home to the Supertrail, a 600m vertical run. Throughout the season people congregate at the top of the run early in the morning to race to the bottom. Winners take home a variety of ski-related goodies and cash prizes. This resort is known for having some of the best après ski in Australia so you will never be short of someone to have a beer with.
This is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere and is a delightful amalgamation of four villages: Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow. There are over 100km of marked trails for all standards and some fun terrain parks to explore. Over the past 15 years, the average maximum snowfall has been around 1.9m but fear not, should you be lacking on snow, the resort has 271 state of the art snow guns to replenish the slopes.
This unique resort is the only snowbound resort down under so in order to get there you will have to take over-snow transport from Perisher Valley. This family friendly resort has recorded frightful temperatures as low as -27 degrees! As only a certain amount of people are allowed in the resort at one time, you will find that there is plenty of space on the slopes and in the resorts bars and restaurants. The resort is surrounded by simply breath-taking rugged mountains and national park which provides a spectacular backdrop for your snowy adventure.