Australia offers a unique skiing experience that snowsports fans will not want to miss out on. Although the country’s peaks are modest in comparison to those of North America, Europe and even neighbouring New Zealand, there is a lot of fun to be had on the Aussie slopes. The country’s slopes might not be the biggest in the world but they have helped to produce two Olympic medalists in Alisa Camplin and Torah Bright. On its day, the locals will tell you, the snow here is as good as anywhere in the world.
The vast majority of the country’s ski spots are located in New South Wales’s Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps. However, located away from the big resorts are some equally stunning but much quieter ski areas waiting to be explored. These more off the beaten path locations offer skiers an opportunity to try something a little different. Remember, that when you are choosing the ski area for your next trip, it’s important to select a spot that matches your ability and experience. It’s always a good idea to take out ski travel Insurance so you can enjoy the slopes, and your trip, with a little more peace of mind.
Let’s take a look at 5 of Australia’s lesser-known ski areas that are worth considering for your next ski trip.
1. Charlotte Pass Snow Resort, New South Wales
Located in the magnificent Perisher Valley, the Charlotte Pass Snow Resort is often overlooked by some of the bigger resorts nearby. However, with ten kilometres of slopes, four lifts and a newly added freestyle park, there is more than enough to keep everyone entertained at Australia’s highest ski resort.
2. Mount Baw Baw Ski Resort, Victoria
The small downhill ski resort of Mount Baw Baw in Victoria is a great choice for beginners. While intermediate and advanced skiers might prefer to venture to the bigger resorts, first-timers can hone their skills on the mellow slopes found here. Mount Baw Baw is also a popular spot for tobogganing and is the closest resort to Melbourne, located just a two and a half hours drive away.
3. Ben Lomond Ski Resort, Tasmania
While Tasmania might not be known as a ski destination, there is no shortage of snow in our most southerly and coldest state. As the premier ski resort on Tassie, Ben Lomond Ski Resort is a somewhat rustic resort and home to six kilometres of slopes and seven lifts. The resort, at Tasmania’s second-highest peak, is accessible by a long, narrow road with stunning views.
4. Corin Forest Mountain Resort, Australian Capital Territory
Situated in the Tidbinbilla Range, southwest of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory is Corin Forest Mountain Resort. With just one short run, accessible by a travelator, this tiny ski run is the country’s most northerly ski area. Located in a beautiful ash forest, near the Namadgi National Park, this is the closest ski area to Canberra. If you’re looking to get a few quick runs in while you’re visiting the nation’s capital, be sure to make a stop at Corin Forest.
5. Choose The Right Location For Your Next Aussie Ski Getaway
With more than four hundred and fifty-three kilometres of slopes to ride across fifteen ski resorts, Australia has plenty to offer snow sports enthusiasts. From beginners to experts, there are plenty of runs to develop your skills and enjoy the Australian powder. When you’re choosing a destination for your next ski getaway, be sure to consider all of your options and choose a destination that will provide you and your group with a safe and enjoyable time on the slopes this winter.