A skiing vacation in Australia is unusual, which is what makes it more appealing. Further, you can ski between July and September in the Australian Alps on a summer vacation. When you are through with cuddling koalas, watching penguins on Philip Island and meeting kangaroos everywhere, forget about football and cricket; just head for the Australian Alps.
Charlotte Pass is Australia’s first ski resort and the highest. It is accessible even when it is snowbound in winter by snow transport from Perisher Valley. It is an excellent base for cross country skiing as it offers access to the main range. Accommodation is limited but all genuinely in the snow and it is never crowded. There are few lifts but no lines and there is a lot of skiing area in this secluded vacation resort. Southern Tasmania offers downhill skiing at Mount Mawson in the Mount Field National Park, less than two hours drive from Hobart.
Situated next to a large lake, high in the Australian Alps in Northeast Victoria in an alpine bowl above the snowline, Falls Creek has plenty of appeal. Lifts allow you to access both sides of the mountain and you have more than 450 hectares of terrain and 92 runs to choose from. Falls Creek offers a fantastic range of intermediate skiing with tree-lined runs, south facing bowls and four great terrain parks. Home of Australia’s first superpipe, an excellent dedicated terrain park is built each year and often has the largest half pipe in Australia. There is a wide choice of ski in ski out lodging throughout the resort.
Mount Hotham, located 350 km from Melbourne is known as a “serious skiers” mountain and has greatest variety of advanced and expert runs in Australia. There is a good range of beginners and intermediate skiing and boarding and night skiing is offered on the Big D area. Improvements and additions are the norm here with a new bridge to carry skiers across the access road, three new quad chairs, increased snowmaking and plenty of village developments. You can take a helicopter flight across to Falls Creek for a day’s skiing or boarding there!