6 Best Ski Resorts Australia | Find out where to go this snow season

Do the snow like a pro this year with our ultimate guide to the best ski resorts Australia.

You’d be forgiven for not having Australia as number one on your list of places to ski; the lift passes can be pricey and the weather conditions are unpredictable at best. But let’s face it, a six hour drive is always going to be a more affordable, and convenient, option than a 24 hour flight to Canada. Plus, who doesn’t love a road trip, right?

So for those of you keen to embrace the cooler weather, dust off your ski boots, load up the car and take advantage of the ski resorts right on your doorstep!

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Best ski resorts in Australia

ResortNumber of runsSkiable terrain
Thredbo (NSW)92 (16% beginner, 67% intermediate, 17% advanced)480 hectares
Perisher (NSW)133 (22% beginner, 60% intermediate, 18% advanced)1245 hectares
Charlotte Pass (NSW)24 (33% beginner, 33% intermediate, 33% advanced)50 hectares
Mt. Buller (VIC)41 (25% beginner, 45% intermediate, 30% advanced)300 hectares
Mt. Hotham (VIC)66 (20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 40% advanced)320 hectares)
Falls Creek (VIC)92 (17% beginner, 60% intermediate, 23% advanced)450 hectares

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Despite being home to the longest ski run in Australia, Thredbo’s main claim to fame is its off-piste action. If you’re more concerned around warm fires and schnapps than snow conditions, then this is the ski resort for you. With 11 ski-in ski-out restaurants on the mountain and plenty of shops, cafes and bars in the village, Thredbo has you covered. Our pick is the Wild Brumby Schnapps Distillery just outside the Kosciusko National Park. Stop there on your way into Thredbo to stock up on butterscotch schnapps for your holiday.

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Just around the corner from Thredbo is Perisher, the largest ski resort in Australia. Made up of four different resorts (Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega) there is more than enough terrain to keep everyone busy. Due to the expansiveness of the resort, Perisher doesn’t have the same village atmosphere as its neighbour Thredbo. Instead this resort caters more for families, made up of predominantly self sufficient lodges that contain their own restaurants and bars. Several Perisher lodges also do ‘kids stay/ski free’ packages which are a real money saver for families.

Learn more about Perisher (Jindabyne)


Charlotte Pass

If a snowy getaway is a new experience for you then you might want to consider Charlotte Pass. This isolated resort is only accessible via ski cat from Perisher and has more reliable snow conditions than other resorts due to its altitude. It is also entirely ski-in ski-out, allowing you to avoid the awkward routine of lugging your equipment to and from the mountain each day. The remoteness of the resort also means that the runs are expansive and less crowded than Perisher or Thredbo. This can be especially handy if your learning to ski or snowboard as the wide runs have less hazards (like trees!) to get in your way.

Learn more about Charlotte Pass (Jindabyne)


Mt Buller

The convenient three hour drive makes Mt. Buller a particular favourite for Melbournites. The resort gets ridiculously busy on Saturdays and Sundays with the weekend crowd flooding in from Melbourne. For those of you who manage to brave the masses over the weekend, this resort can be well worth the effort. Not only is it conveniently located, but the high-tech facilities make moving around the mountain extremely easy. With its state-of-the-art ski lift network, Mt. Buller is proudly capable of moving over 40,000 people per hour! Plus, it is also the only Australian resort with mountain-wide wireless internet, so your instagram followers can keep up-to-date with the action too.

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Mt Hotham

If you’re looking for a more thigh-challenging ski holiday, then Mt. Hotham could be the place for you! Mt. Hotham is a purpose built ski resort which is renowned for its steep verticals and challenging terrain. The village is also quite unique because it’s located on top of the mountain, instead of at the bottom like traditional resorts. This not only means that you ski down for the first lifts of the day, but you’re also staying up in the clouds so if it snows you’re the first to know about it - and you’ll definitely be getting snow! As Australia’s second highest ski resort (after Charlotte Pass) you’re almost guaranteed to get enough snow to satisfy even the pickiest skier. In fact, Mt. Hotham is so confident in its snow conditions that they even provide a ‘snow guarantee’.

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Falls Creek

Falls Creek definitely takes first prize for having the prettiest alpine village. This resort has a cute little village that is full of restaurants, cafes and bars. Our pick of the bunch is the Gully Bar and Restaurant. A spin-off from the popular Three Blue Ducks hangout near Sydney’s Bronte Beach, Gully Bar and Restaurant not only has amazing coffee but a pretty great menu too! Like Charlotte Pass, Falls Creek is a good one for beginners. Unlike other mountains, here beginners are not relegated to the lower slopes. Over 80% of the mountain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate skiers so there is plenty to ski for all.

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Winter Travel Insurance Guide

Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned professional, snow trips always come with an increased risk of injury. But injury is not the only unexpected financial cost you can experience. Bad weather and ski lift closures can leave you with unused ski passes, and costly equipment can easily get lost or damaged. The risks involved in ski holidays are unique, so it makes sense to acquire snow specific travel insurance. This guide will outline the benefits of winter travel insurance and what to look out for when comparing policy options.

Key winter specific insurance features

Emergency transport to hospital

In the event of a serious accident on the ski fields, snow travel insurance cover can ensure that you are covered for emergency evacuation to the hospital and even for helicopter rescue if this is required.

Extreme weather conditions

In the event that you forced to cancel your trip due to extreme weather such as blizzards and snowstorms, your snow travel insurance cover will enable you to recoup prepaid costs and expenses.

Cover for equipment hire

Ski equipment is and always has been expensive, especially within Australia. Winter sports travel insurance will ensure that in the event of loss or damage to you ski or snowboard equipment, you will be able to make a claim to cover the costs. This cover can apply for your own equipment and hire equipment, with some policies providing an additional benefit to cover the costs of hiring new equipment. In the event that your transport carrier has misdirected or delayed your equipment for a period longer than 24 hours, the insurer will cover the costs of you hiring new equipment.

Weather related issues

Some people spend a long time looking forward to their trip, travelling to their destination, getting the equipment they need and then finding that once they get there the weather is too bad to hit the slopes. Many snow travel insurance plans will cover you for transport and accommodation expenses if you are forced to travel to a new resort.

Unused ski passes or lessons

Depending on which cover you take out, you may also be covered for unused ski passes, equipment hire and lessons in the event that you are unwell or as a result of loss or theft.


Many providers will allow you to take out additional cover for single-trip heli-skiing trips for an additional premium loading. This cover can be purchased after starting your trip, provided it is taken out at least 24 hours prior to beginning your heli-ski trip. It is worth noting that most insurers will not provide cover for any event that has occurred while travelling in a helicopter or disembarking a helicopter. It is worth noting that the inclusion of this option on your policy will generally require an additional excess to be paid in the event of a claim.

Piste closure

Some providers will cover the cost of transport to a new resort and the provision of additional ski passes in the event that you are forced to move to a new resort due to lift systems being closed on account of;

  • Not enough snow
  • Bad weather
  • Power failure at your pre-booked resort

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Overseas emergency medical assistance

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Emergency evacuation from ski fields

Bad weather and avalanche closure

Cover for prepaid ski hire ski pass and ski equipment

Cover for ski equipment hire

Piste closure

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Emergency evacuation from ski fields

Cover for prepaid ski hire ski pass and ski equipment

Bad weather and avalanche closure

Cover for ski equipment hire

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Provides cover for professional skiers taking part in competition

Unlimited overseas emergency medical assistance

$5,000 luggage and personal effects

$5,000 rental vehicle excess

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$500 piste closure

$750 bad weather and avalanche closure

$500-750 cover for prepaid ski hire ski pass and ski equipment

$500 cover for ski equipment hire

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Available as an add-on

$1,500 own winter sport equipment winter sport

$1,500 equipment hire unused winter sports costs

$1,000 piste closure

$750 weather and avalanche closure

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Emergency evacuation from ski fields

Bad weather and avalanche closure

Cover for prepaid ski hire ski pass and ski equipment

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Snow sport overseas emergency medical assistance

Snow sport overseas emergency medical and hospital expenses

Own snow sport equipment

Snow sport equipment hire

Snow ski pack

Piste closure

Bad weather and avalanche closure

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Snow sports equipment

Lift pass

Ski lessons

Piste closure

Avalanche cover

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