All you need to know about skiing in Australia
Just because it's winter, it doesn't mean you have to hibernate. With plenty of action taking place at the moment on the ski fields, now's the time to join in on the fun and make the most of winter. To get you into gear and up for a jaunt on the slopes we’ve put together all you need to know about skiing in Australia.
When to go: The ski season in Australia begins in June and finishes in September or October depending on the ski field. During this period, the best time to hit the slopes is mid-week when the crowds are smaller and the prices are cheaper.
Where to go: Most ski fields lie within the Snowy Mountains region which runs across New South Wales and Victoria. Australia’s largest and most popular resort is Perisher Blue, located in Kosciuszko National Park. With a 2054 metre peak and over 100 kilometres of cross-country trails, Mt Perisher is the largest alpine resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Some other leading ski resorts include Thredbo in New South Wales and Mt Hotham in Victoria. For skiers on a budget, generally speaking, Selwyn and Mt Buller are the cheapest ski fields. For even cheaper prices, opt for a ski package that includes flights, lift tickets and ski hire if possible.
Where to party: Don’t burn yourself out too much on the ski fields because the nightlife at some of the resorts can be just as good. Typically coming in the form of warm and cosy bars with plenty of beer, Mt Buller and Mt Hotham are said to be have nightlife reputation.
How to get there: Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne dwellers can easily drive to their surrounding ski resorts with Perisher Blue located just 2.5 hours from Canberra, and Mt Buller only 3 hours from Melbourne. Alternatively, to reach the ski resorts in New South Wales you can fly to the Snowy Mountains Airport which is then serviced by shuttle buses to the various ski resorts.
What to bring: If you’re not a regular skier, it’s easier to hire most of you gear at the slopes. Generally speaking though, warm winter clothes are a must. A water proof coat and boots will come in handy, as will sunglasses, gloves and a beanie. In addition to warm gear, you’re resort may have a hot tub or sauna on hand so you might want to pack some bathers as well.
Don’t forget: To get travel insurance. No matter how good or bad you think you are at skiing, it’s not worth the risk. When booking your holiday, talk to your consultant about travel insurance.
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