Thredbo, New South Wales
This houses 14 lifts spread across the best alpine destination – the highest lifted point and the steepest overall terrain in Mainland Australia. The super trail is the longest run in Australia with 5.7km of snow from top to bottom that also has a variety of runs spread across the mountain. From the top of Thredbo you can view the surrounding mountains, and your only a short walk from the top of Kosciusko mountain. Thredbo is perfect for families, with different areas of the mountain sectioned off for different skill levels. Located 2.4 hours from Canberra or 5.5 hours from Sydney.
Terrain: Beginner 16% / Intermediate 67% / Advanced 17%
Restaurants + activities: terrain parks, trampolining, flare run and fireworks display that has become a Saturday tradition, a leisure park equipped with a squash court, gym, heated pool and water slide. There is snow shoeing, snow biking, night skiing and snowboarding, and backcountry skiing and snowboarding.
Perisher, New South Wales
Perisher Ski Resort is one of the biggest resorts in Australia with 1,245 hectares of snow and 42 ski lifts that offers variety with open runs, tree runs and snow areas for all ages and abilities. The resort is spread across four mountains, with rocky terrain and mostly short runs that are around 300m vertically. Perisher is a 6 hour drive from Melbourne, or 7 hours from Sydney.
Terrain: Beginner 22% / Intermediate 60% / Advanced 18%
Restaurants + activities: numerous popular restaurants, cafes and bars, a snowsport’s school, childcare and medical facilities. In summer, the majority of the facilities are closed, however the area is still a popular area for cyclists, mountain bikers or a relaxing weekend away.
Falls creek, Victoria
Falls Creek hosts 450 hectares of snow – offering the steepest and deepest skiing and snowboarding. There are 14 lifts and the option of night skiing. Located 4.5 hour drive from Melbourne and 20 minutes from Mt Beauty.
Terrain: Beginner 17% / Intermediate 60% / Advanced 23%
Restaurants + activities: Numerous restaurants, cafes and bars. There is also a popular street market held on Saturdays called Fred’s Pass rural market. There is a scenic helicopter tour or shuttle, a museum and day spa. Mt Beauty, the main place to lodge during a snow trip, offers a hub of activity such as cycling, a stroll along the river or hike up Victoria’s highest mountain, Mt Bogong.
Mount Hotham, Victoria
Mount Hotham has 13 lifts spread across 320 hectares, with the summit at 1861m and longest run at 2.5km. The terrain is ideal for differing levels of skiers and with an abundance of local activities, there is something for everyone. Mt Hotham village is at the top of the mountain, allowing you to ski down and enjoy spectacular views. Mount Hotham is a 7.5 hour drive from Sydney or 4.5 hour drive from Melbourne – there is also the option of flying from Sydney or Melbourne that is usually between $500-600 return.
Terrain: Beginner 20% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 40%
Restaurants + activities: 18 restaurants with accommodation covering 7,000 beds and numerous cafes and bars (it has been noted – not cheap). There is a hiking trail, a fresh trout and salmon farm, snow shoeing, dog sledding and spa to relax aching muscles. There is also a beautiful sunset tour if your into scenic photography!
Mt Buller, Victoria
This picture illustrates the height and view of Mt Buller summit, albeit the lack of snow (taken in Summer). The mountain is predominantly used for intermediate skiers and snowboarders looking to spruce up their skills and transition to a greater skill level and offers a series of rails, jumps and rollers. The back country zone is easily accessible and view points are set up around the mountain so you can look down Delatite Valley. Mt Buller is a 3 hour drive from Melbourne.
Terrain: Beginner 20% / Intermediate 45% / Advanced 35%
Restaurants + activities: Numerous restaurants, cafes and bars. There is dog sledding, snow shoeing, spa retreat, cross country skiing, sculpture park walk, cinema, National Alpine museum, gym, history hunt and a gnome roam (sold yet?!).
Note – Whakapapa is the largest ski field in New Zealand with 11 ski lifts however we have selected our ski fields on a range of factors such as terrain, scenery, weather conditions and proximity to city and activities. We also find the weather at Whakapapa unreliable!
Mt Hutt has wide open spaces that caters to people from all skill levels and abilities. The terrain is beautiful, positioned on the edge of the Southern Alps with views of the ocean visible from the mountain. The snow is quality and offers some of the best runs in New Zealand. Mt Hutt is 1.4 hours from Canterbury, 1.5hours from Christchurch and 42 minutes to Methven Town – a quaint village, located in central Canterbury, with a farming community and friendly kiwi atmosphere.
Terrain: Beginner: 25% / Intermediate: 50% / Advanced: 25%
Restaurants + activities: Balloon safari, cinema, golf, heliskiing, jetboating, mountain biking and road cycling, salmon and trout fishing, clay bird shooting and archery, Mt Sunday (for those that are Lord of The Rings fans – this was the setting for the hall of King Theodon).
Treble Cone offers jaw dropping views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Lakes. It is also known as steep and deep and experienced back country skiers and boarders relish the terrain. Most of Treble Cone caters to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The mountain hosts the largest amount of terrain that you can access in a long run known as the leg burner, as well as playful terrain with natural bowls. A mere 35 mins from Wanaka.
Terrain: Beginner 10% / Intermediate 45% / Advanced 45%
Super unique ski resort and it’s name, The Remarkables, stems from being one of two mountain ranges in the world that runs directly north to south. Gibberish? Basically the mountain gets sun all day, all year round. If you enjoy hiking, there is a hikers playground that offers 360 degrees worth of aspects so you will always find amazing snow. The Remarkables hosts lots of novice terrain for all levels and one of the best freestyle parks in New Zealand, as well as an annual free riding ski competition. A mere 50 minutes from Queenstown.
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 40% / Expert 30%
Ohau offers a beautiful alpine experience and is located high above Lake Ohau in the Mackenzie high country that is also one of the most scenic snow spots in New Zealand. The mountain is relatively isolated, hitting the perfect balance between a commercial and club ski field. There are off the grid club fields and a natural bowl that has amazing snow stashes. At the base of Ohau Ridge, there is Lake Ohau lodge that was established in 1951 as a family owned business and is renowned for its service, character and views. A two hour drive from Wanaka.
Terrain: Advanced 30% / Intermediate 50% / Beginner 20%
Restaurants + activities: The Mackenzie High Country is perfect for both onshore and offshore fishing and boating. Hot tubs, great for soothing overworked muscles, is a 40 minute drive away. Lake Ohau is situated along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail that offers numerous day cycle and walking trails. If your into photography, the Mackenzie country offers low light pollution and atmospheric conditions perfect for astrophotography, as well as an abundance of nature shots.
Cardrona is a commercial ski resort that hosts winter games and world ski competitions. The facilities have received heavy investment over the past few years, with some of the best park set ups in the South Island, such as an Olympic sized 22ft halfpipe. At the bottom of the mountain, there is the Cardrona hotel that is loaded with atmosphere and is a great place to share a beverage with fellow mountain-goers after a day of sliding slopes. Perfect location too – 35 minute drive from Wanaka and 50 minutes from Queenstown.
Terrain: Beginner 25% / Intermediate 25% / Advanced 30% / Expert 20%
Wanaka is a beautiful tourist attraction in New Zealand that offers everything in abundance. There are 750km of trails perfect for walking, hiking and mountain biking where you can admire sights such as Mt Aspiring National Park, pristine rivers, waterfalls, forests and mountains. There are adventure activities such as horse trekking, boat tours, sailing, and farm and nature tours.
Wanaka’s popularity as a tourist destination is reflected in the restaurants and cafe’s – offering a variety of foods that cater to all budgets and palettes. We recommend the Cardrona Hotel that offers pub style food and a lovely kiwi atmosphere.
If your interested in culture, there are museums, a lavender farm, rock climbing, a puzzling world that offers weird and wonderful illusions, an artisan market, mini golf, golf, a cinema and ample opportunity to get scenic pictures – specifically, ‘that Wanaka tree!’
Queenstown is a cuisine, adventure and scenic hub that offers experiences in abundance – hiking in Routeburn, white water rafting, jet boating, bungy jumping, the world’s most famous swing and zip lining. There is sky diving, boat cruises, horse riding, clay shooting, motorcycle tours, dirt biking, quad biking, luging, and more. Restaurants, cafes and bars are world renowned but there is a shortage of accommodation so we recommend booking in advance for a snow trip!