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Where to ski in Australia

Published April 23rd, 2012

Where to ski in Australia? If skiing to you means sitting on a cardboard box and sliding down a hill than you can pretty much ski anywhere you want in Australia. However if skiing to you involves powdery snow, cold air, hot drinks, adrenalin rushes and fun in the snow with friends, then you best head to the following ski fields.

 

Skiing in Australia

Perisher Blue, NSW

The low down: Perisher Blue is the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the ski world. That’s our way of saying it’s really really big, nay the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Its dinosaur size means that Perisher is a long-time crowd pleaser. Whether you’re a pro on the slopes or like Bambi on ice, the resort offers runs for all levels from beginner slopes and learn to ski schools, to challenging terrain and bad-ass black runs.

The best part: When you get sick of skiing, Tube Town will have you sitting, sliding and giggling for hours. Plus the nightlife at Perisher Blue is always lively with a range of events and entertainment taking place regularly.

 

Thredbo, NSW

The low down: Thredbo is a ski bunny’s winter haven, where the snow is powdery and the runs are long. In fact, when the ski field is fully covered in snow, Thredbo is home to the longest ski runs in Australia. But it’s not just for the experts, Thredbo has dedicated ski parks and facilities for kids right through to beginners and intermediate skiers.  Adrenalin junkies will also get their fare share of thrills at Thredbo with the spectacular Mother Energy BagJump, snowboard parks and twilight riding.

The best part: Don’t miss the Traditional Flare Run when Thredbo lights up the ski with flares and spectacular fireworks.

 

Charlotte Pass, NSW

The low down: It might not be the largest ski field in Australia, but what Charlotte Pass lacks in size, it makes up for in height. Yep, Charlotte Pass, or if you want to sound like a regular, ‘The Pass,’ has an elevation of 1,837 metres, making it the highest ski field in the country. Up high in the clouds you can ski a range of runs through scenic terrain, and even enjoy twilight skiing on select nights.

The best part: Boarders will love the Freestyle Terrain Park where you can try out tricks using the jumps, rails and tabletops. Fully sick brah!

 

Falls Creek, VIC

The low down: If you’re looking to ski in Victoria, Falls Creek is the place to do it. Falls is the state’s largest alpine ski resort and boasts over 65 kilometres of groomed runs designed for a range of ski levels. The resort is also great for beginners thanks to its reputable and innovative onsite ski school. But skiing isn’t the only activity on offer at the resort. At Falls you can tour the field on a snow mobile, wander the mountain on a snow shoe tour or even enjoy a ride in a helicopter like a boss

The best part: Two words -  Snow Bungy; half trampoline, half bungy jump, 100% awesome.

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.

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