Skiing Australia Is Back!
After a summer break, it’s time to hit the slopes again! But which Australian ski resorts are worth visiting this year? Let’s find out. The key indicators to look out for are snowfall and accommodation. Snowfall is easy to check online, and accommodation is rather straightforward to determine. On the other hand, the experience of going to the Australian ski resort can be rather difficult to estimate. What is the quality of the facilities and the attitude of the locals? These are just some of the questions that come to mind when thinking about skiing in Australia.
Skiing Australia: Where To Begin?
With over 80 years of experience, Australia is home to some of the best resorts in the world. You’ll find everything from super-steep expert terrain to spacious glade skiing right in the Australian wilderness. Let’s take a look at what Australia has to offer, beginning with the country’s largest ski resort, Thredbo. Located in New South Wales, Thredbo is the oldest ski resort in Australia and possibly the world. The ski run is called ‘The Streak’ and has a drop of 700 meters (about 2,300 feet). Not only is Thredbo the oldest ski resort in Australia, but it’s also one of the biggest. This Australian ski resort is ranked 6th worldwide and 3rd in Australia. In fact, Thredbo is frequently ranked in the top 3 worldwide in the ‘Skiing Australia’ bucket list. Naturally, with a ski run of that name, you’ll find the expert French and Swiss ski instructors at the ready to take you on a thrilling ski trip down the mountain. And what’s more, between June and October, you can even ski under the moonlight! Although there is no snow park at Thredbo, the Australian ski resort does boast a superb ski run, a magnificent view of the mountain, as well as traditional and authentic Italian food and drink offered at the resort’s bar.
Skiing Australia: Mt Baw Baw
A group of intrepid Australian skiers set up camp near Melbourne to explore a brand new ski resort, Mt Baw Baw. This Australian ski resort is actually made up of two separate mountains: Mt Baw Baw and Mt Hotham. Situated near the Victorian border, the ski resort got its name from an Aboriginal word that means ‘hears the gale’, ‘welcoming hill’, or ‘place of clouds’. What this basically means is that the resort gets its name because the sound of the wind blowing through the trees sounds like ‘bawk bawk’.
Mt Baw Baw was once considered for the 1936 Winter Olympics, but it was too late for the games. And even though the resort isn’t on the list of traditional Australian ski resorts, it has been included in several ‘Skiing Australia’ bucket lists due to its European-style terrain. In fact, Mt Baw Baw is one of the best Australian ski resorts for beginners, with all the terrains laid out at an easy to follow slope. The Australian ski resort even has a snow train that takes you up the mountain, providing panoramic views of the Victoria region below. Interestingly, on a clear day, you can see the summit of Mt Baw Baw from Thredbo, more than 100 kilometers (about 60 miles) away! In summer, you can take a hike to the top of the mountain and have a picnic or spend the day in the Australian rainforest. When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find a variety of luxury resorts right in the heart of the Australian wilderness. Each one has a bar, restaurant, and spa. For more information, visit the Mt Baw Baw Tourism website.
Skiing Australia: Hotham
Just 90 kilometers (about 55 miles) north of Melbourne, you’ll find Hotham, ranked 4th in Australia and 8th in the world. This is one of the biggest Australian ski resorts, with a vertical drop of 1,600 meters (about 5,000 feet), making it the highest ski resort in Australia. The ski village is located on a plateau above sea level and features an elegant timber-frame cottage built in the Art Deco style. The village’s bar and restaurant provide spectacular views of the snow-capped mountain and are the perfect spots to watch the sun set over the Australian landscape.
Hotham’s ski run is called ‘The Parade’ and is one of the longest in Australia, with a length of 3.9 kilometers (about 2.5 miles). If you’re looking for beginner-friendly terrain, Hotham is a great option, with 17 piste trails ranging from easy to expert. This Australian ski resort also offers cross-country skiing, making it ideal for all levels of enthusiasts.
The locals in Hotham are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet! This is most likely because the majority of the population are of British descent, and being British is essentially being ‘on holiday’ in Australia all year long. The British accent is almost non-existant in Hotham, giving the town a feeling of ‘welcome’. Accommodation options at Hotham range from simple lodge rooms to luxury villas, perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. For those traveling with little ones, there is also a Kids’ Hill, which is adjacent to the village’s main chairlift. Located less than 10 minutes from the top of the mountain, this Australian ski resort features a smaller version of the main chairlift that children can use together with their parents.
Skiing Australia: Thredbo To Melbourne
Thredbo and Hotham are located in New South Wales, a large state in Australia that spans from the country’s southern coast to its center. There are actually two routes that connect these two Australian ski resorts. The most popular route is via a scenic mountain pass, which leads to the Victorian city of Melbourne. This is the most direct route between the two Australian ski resorts, and it’s also one of the most popular. The less-traveled southern route leads to the state’s border with New South Wales, which means you’ll have to travel via the beautiful Hume Highway, one of Australia’s most scenic drives. On the return trip, you can take the scenic route and have a look at how beautiful this part of the country is.
This is just a small fraction of the Australian ski resorts. You’ll find more than 80 ski resorts across the whole country! If you want to explore more, why not plan a road trip and hit the slopes during the Australian winter? Or, if you’re a born and raised Aussie, it’s time to make the most of the country’s superb ski infrastructure and go for a skiing trip during the summer, when the snow melts!