Wahoo! Good news for ski bums across the country, it looks like Australia’s set to have a cracker of a ski season with news of a fairly good dumping of snow earlier this week. Ski fields across Victoria and New South Wales had their first snowfall for the year, as did the ski fields across the ditch in New Zealand’s South Island. Winter is on its way and we’re excited because there’s less than three weeks left until the official start of the ski season!
With the introduction of the Mountain Collective Pass – a ski pass giving you access to 15 ski resorts around the world including Thredbo, Whistler Blackcomb, Aspen and New Zealand’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, the biggest question you’ll be facing this ski season will be where to shred the slopes.
A firm favourite with ski lovers, Thredbo offers 480 acres of stunning terrain and five of Australia’s longest runs for skiers and snowboarders, no matter what level of experience. Wombat world is great area designed especially for kids with its small jumps and tunnels, while Friday flats is the perfect spot for first-timers. Enjoy meandering through Thredbo’s world-famous, picturesque alpine village nestled at the base of the mountain and enjoy a line-up of great entertainment scheduled throughout the ski season including the Corona Village Concert Series, Christmas in July and Winter Full Moon party.
The largest ski region in the southern hemisphere, Perisher has over 3000 acres of terrain and easy access to Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega, a diverse range of ski runs for beginners to advanced and Australia’s only Superpipe. Night skiing, cross country trails and Tube Town are also available.
Victoria’s largest ski resort, Falls Creeks offers over 65 kilometres of cross country skiing and over 90 runs, not to mention on-the-mountain accommodation where you can ski right to the front door. Try your hand at ski biking, tubing or catch the spectacular Thursday night fireworks.
One of Victoria’s premiere ski destinations, Mount Buller is an easy three-hour drive from Melbourne. With 22 ski lifts, an ultra-cross course, two toboggan parks, exciting back runs and plenty of terrain for intermediate-level skiers to explore, there’s something for everyone.
The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, New Zealand
Two breathtakingly beautiful mountains in the very charming and quaint city of Queenstown, New Zealand. Both mountains feature world-class facilities, and Friday and Saturday evenings, Coronet Peak is lit up for night skiing. Use the Mountain Collective Pass to access both peaks. It’s just a 3.25 hour flight from Brisbane, quicker than driving to the New South Wales and Victorian ski fields.
But before you plan your 2016 ski holiday, head into rebel to deck yourself with snow wear to keep your warm.