How to convince your friends to go on an Aussie ski trip
If you’re ready to get your ski on, take a look closer to home this year. Aussie snow all too often gets a bad rap because it’s too expensive, the snowfall’s too unreliable, the snowfields are too far, but you might be surprised at just how good and how accessible it is. And although the snow is super fun, every snow bunny needs their mates around to enjoy it with them. So get hassling, we’ve got some top tips to help you rope your mates in for an Aussie ski trip, plus the destinations you don’t want to miss.
Tell them about the road trip:
Hitting the Aussie snow offers the chance for an awesome road trip. Beg, borrow and steal snowboards and snow gear from your mates and load them in and onto the car. This is the stuff memories are made of, and you’ve not even got to the fun part yet! All the Aussie snowfields are located on the Great Dividing Range, an area of outstanding natural alpine beauty that you probably wouldn’t get to see if you weren’t heading to the slopes. With oodles of fresh mountain air, ski thrills and raging parties ahead of you, it will be fun all the way.
Tell them about the glitterati at Falls Creek:
The chic après-ski scene at the ski-in, ski-out resort of Falls Creek is the place to see and be seen with lots of fabulous restaurants and bars to choose from. The setting of Falls Creek is also ridiculously gorgeous, and there’s an excellent snow-making set-up. If cross-country skiing tickles your fancy, Falls Creek is its spiritual home and the official training base for the Aussie team, hosting the annual Kangaroo Hoppet international cross-country ski marathon.
Tell them about the sick pow at Mount Hotham:
Beautiful Mount Hotham excites with its amazing scenery and extensive terrain. It’s also renowned as being Australia’s Powder Capital thanks to its higher than usual snowfalls. There’s skiing for all here, with three terrain parks; lots of slopes for beginners, intermediate and advanced snow bunnies; and even night skiing. You and your mates will be psyched on the pow at Mount Hotham, and the fun après-ski scene will also be a highlight of the trip.
Tell them how accessible Mount Buller is:
Just three hours from Melbourne, Mount Buller is a great option for a flying visit, and totally doable in a weekend if you haven't got time to spare. Mt Buller is Australia’s most accessible ski resort, and well set up for the crowds, with 22 lifts covering 300 hectares of terrain, and over 7,000 on-mountain beds to accommodate. Ski your brains out, or take in the views with a scenic helicopter flight, followed up with some après-ski fun. If you’re up for a spot of culture during your snow trip, Mt Buller is also home to the National Alpine Museum.
Tell them about the thigh burners at Thredbo:
A hop, skip and a jump from Jindabyne, Thredbo is home to Australia’s longest supertrails, so you and your mates will really be able to feel the burn as you hurtle down the mountainside. The epic ski-making set-up at Thredbo means top-to-bottom skiing, and coverage throughout most of the season. The pretty European-style village offers après-ski choices and some accommodation, with Jindabyne accommodation just 30 kilometres from the slopes. Take the Kosciuszko Chairlift up to the summit for some amazing photo opportunities.
Tell them how affordable Perisher can be:
Big and bold Perisher is the biggest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, with 47 lifts and a huge amount of runs and trails for all levels. Stay in the resort, or take the more budget-friendly option of staying in Jindabyne just down the road. With all the money you save, you’ll be able to splurge on snow tubing at Perisher’s super-fun Tube Town.
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