Why would you go anywhere else in the world to ski when Australia and New Zealand has some of the best skiing and ski resorts in their own backyards. Within easy access from all of our major cities and located in the Kosciuszko National park in the Snowy Mountains, and in both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, these ski resorts boast some of the best facilities in the world. Where else could you ski all day and never ski the same slope twice. These ski resorts create a warm and friendly atmosphere and provide an endless array of accommodation, entertainment and dining opportunities for even the most discerning traveller.
In the New South Wales ski fields, Resorts such as Perisher Blue offering a world class resort and a massive network of ski lifts is located only a two and a half hour drive from Canberra, or six hours drive from Sydney. Perisher is by far Australia’s largest Ski Resort situated on over 1240 hectares. This resort offers skiing and snow boarding between different mountain villages over a vast range of slopes. The villages of Perisher & Smiggins offer facilities such as supermarkets, restaurants, newsagents and bars.
Thredbo ski resort is situated on 480 hectares and has no equal in Australia as its mountains lend themselves to every type of ski and snow enthusiast’s activities. The area known as Fridays Flat was designed and purpose built for beginners wanting to try skiing or snowboarding. Jindabyne being set on the shore of Lake Jindabyne, has a stunning backdrop of snow capped mountains and is very popular place to stay as it is only a short drive from the ski slopes of Thredbo or Perisher and you can use the ski tube which is really convenient. Getting there is easier than you think when you can fly direct from all major cities to Canberra and then take an express coach or express shuttle service to any of the major ski resorts. There are also hire cars available if you prefer to drive yourself.
In the Victorian Ski Fields there is many sensational skiing resorts. The closest to Melbourne is Mount Buller which is close to the town of Mansfield and accommodation is available in Mansfield or on snow. The Bourke Street run at Mount Buller is Australia’s busiest ski run and it is lined either side by some magnificent resort accommodation and lots of restaurants and cafes. Falls Creek is the largest of Victoria’s ski fields. It is also the deepest into the mountains and consistently has the best snowfalls. Mount Hotham is the highest of Victoria’s ski fields and also the most popular and it is also the only one where you can fly in direct. Both Falls Creek and Mount Hotham have lots of on snow accommodation and both are close to the towns of Bright and Mt Beauty which both have plenty of off snow accommodation for skiers.
In New Zealand’s South Island you can base yourself in either Queenstown or Christchurch and then choose your skiing destination. Such fabulous ski resorts as Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona, and Treble Cone are at your disposal. All are available within easy reach of quality accommodation in some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. The skiing facilities are absolutely second to none. On the north island, the skiing all happens on Mount Ruapehu which is an active volcano, and the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are the largest in New Zealand and famous for their natural half pipes and fantastic skiing and snowboarding. When skiing in New Zealand, you will find that there is almost no on snow accommodation, so you will need to arrange to stay in nearby towns. Shuttle bus services run to all of these ski resorts.
Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to call one of our helpful consultants on our Australian freecall number 1800 815 378 or email us so they can assist you in arranging and making your skiing holiday in some of the best ski resorts in the world a memorable experience.