Guide to Australian Snow Resorts
The 2017 ski season gets under way from Friday 10 June, when Australians don their thermals and clip into their skis or snowboards to carve up slopes across New South Wales’ Snowy Mountains or the Victorian Alps.
A Volvo – particularly in all-wheel-drive form, such as our XC90 and XC60 SUVs, and V60 and V90 Cross Country high-riding wagons – is a natural choice for its ability to not only take you to the snow in supreme comfort but get you there safely whatever the wintry conditions.
The harder choice is which ski destination to choose...
SNOWY MOUNTAINS – THREDBO
This picturesque alpine village is nestled at the bottom of some of the Snowy Mountains’ steepest terrain, and offers many of Australia’s longest runs. There are nursery slopes, though intermediates and experts will likely get the most out of Thredbo, especially with its challenging black runs, such as the Funnelweb. Thredbo also boasts Australia’s highest restaurant, Eagle’s Nest, which offers spectacular views. Learn more at: www.thredbo.com.au
SNOWY MOUNTAINS – PERISHER
The expansive Perisher Valley combines Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega to create Australia’s largest skiable terrain, and is a great resort for beginners and intermediates. Experts, however, will appreciate the Olympic black run. Unlike Thredbo, there’s on-mountain accommodation – which is spread out much like the village itself. Learn more at: www.perisher.com.au
SNOWY MOUNTAINS – CHARLOTTE PASS
Just up the ‘road’ from Perisher, and accessible only by over-snow transport, Charlotte Pass is compact but can claim to be Australia’s highest ski resort, at 1,765 metres. Features ski-in, ski-out accommodation and is particularly well suited to intermediates. Learn more at: www.charlottepass.com.au
SNOWY MOUNTAINS – SELWYN
Not far from Australia’s highest township, Cabramurra, lies Selwyn – a family-owned and -operated compact resort that’s focused primarily on first-time skiers/boarders though features trails of varied difficulty. There’s no accommodation, so a daily drive is required from wherever you stay. Learn more at: www.selwynsnow.com.au
VICTORIAN ALPS – FALLS CREEK
Victoria’s largest ski area (4.5 square kilometres) is also Australia’s only resort to feature 100 per cent ski-in, ski-out accommodation. Falls Creek’s variety of terrain offers plenty of options, ranging from the country’s longest (2.2km) green run for beginners, to The Summit that presents multiple black runs for experts. Learn more at: www.fallscreek.com.au
VICTORIAN ALPS – MOUNT HOTHAM
Victoria’s highest resort is distinctive for sitting above virtually all its trail runs, and is renowned for its lively village ambience. The mostly challenging terrain is best for intermediates and experts, and it includes a number of ‘double black’ runs that are strictly for the most advanced snow bunnies. Learn more at: www.mthotham.com.au
VICTORIAN ALPS – MOUNT BULLER
Mount Buller’s relative proximity to Melbourne – just a three-hour drive away – makes it popular with ‘weekend warriors’, while it also offers the state’s largest ski-lift network. About three square kilometres of skiable terrain caters for all levels of ability across Mount Buller’s northern and southern slopes. Learn more at: www.mtbuller.com.au