What Aussie doesn’t like snow, huh? And while skiing is often crazy expensive, it is definitely worth it. Something cool happens when you spend an afternoon in the soft, powdery snow. You forget your troubles. You’re just – happy.
It’s still winter in Australia and New Zealand (June to August) with the latter subsisting a bit longer. This year, ski resorts in both places are looking as good as they have in years.
Ski resorts to visit: Australia
Snow in Australia is just not that consistent. Most enthusiasts will have to wait until mid-July before there was anything much. Regardless, a ski holiday without natural snow is doable thanks to snowmaking, but it’s not quite the same experience – but hey, it’s still snow – and there’ll be seasons where there’s a phenomenal amount of snow too.
Perisher, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. Perisher is one of the most famous ski resorts in Australia and it absolutely bursts with activity during peak season. It’s currently owned by Vail Resorts, it’s the largest ski location in the Southern Hemisphere and includes four joined ski resorts: Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, and Perisher, which skiers can gain entry to with one pass.
Falls Creek, Alpine National Park, Victoria. This snow paradise is recognised for its beautiful walking village, elegant runs, and some of the best snow coverage of all the Victorian resorts. It also flaunts exceptional cross-country skiing, with approximately 65 kilometres of trails, and has fashioned some of Australia’s top participants in the sport. Snowboarders and skiers can slide down the slopes with around 1,114 acres of skiable area and train their tricks at the four-terrain parks.
Ben Lomond Ski Field Area, Ben Lomond National Park, Tasmania. This location is the only ski area in Tasmania that can be accessed by car. There are seven lifts throughout. This is a perfect location for beginner and experienced skiers who wants to avoid the long lift lines often seen at the resorts in New South Wales and Victoria.
Ski resorts to visit: New Zealand
Mt. Hutt. Mt Hutt is situated in the Canterbury region, roughly 90 minutes from Christchurch. The World Ski Awards has awarded it New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort twice in a row, and the area is celebrated for offering outstanding snow conditions.
Coronet Peak. This epic South Island ski resort is situated right in the centre of the action — it’s nearby Queenstown, but not too far away from the picturesque Wanaka. Facilities open from early morning to late at night, boasting a number of pistes and slopes for all abilities.
Cardrona. Another mountainous resort conveniently located near Wanaka and Queenstown. The location is a prodigious all-rounder all throughout: families and friends can enjoy it, experienced skiers will love it, and snow enthusiasts will just relish the entire experience.
If you’re looking for everything you need to know about ski in New Zealand, Choice website is the best way to discover them – from quick tips to resort locations and everything in between. New Zealand and their resorts are covered in more white crystals than you can imagine.
There you have it, what remains is for you to plan your next ski destination with friends or family – and don’t forget your snow gears. We hope you have a blast!