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!
Best ski resorts in Australia
|Resort||Number of runs||Skiable terrain|
|Thredbo (NSW)||92 (16% beginner, 67% intermediate, 17% advanced)||480 hectares|
|Perisher (NSW)||133 (22% beginner, 60% intermediate, 18% advanced)||1,245 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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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.
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