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6 best ski resorts in Australia | Find out where to go in the 2018 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

Resort Number of runs Skiable terrain
Thredbo (NSW) 53 (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
Mt Baw Baw (VIC) 21 (33% beginner, 48% intermediate, 19% advanced) 35 hectares

Map of ski resorts Australia locations


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Thredbo

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.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales (6.5-hour drive from Sydney)
  • Runs and terrain: 53 runs (16% beginner, 67% intermediate, 17% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 480 acres
  • Vertical drop: 672 metres

Learn more about Thredbo


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Perisher

Made up of four different resorts (Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega) there is more than enough terrain to keep everyone busy at Australia's largest ski resort.

Perisher doesn’t have the same village atmosphere as its neighbour Thredbo, but rather caters more for families with its self-sufficient lodges that contain their own restaurants and bars.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales (6.5-hour drive from Sydney)
  • Runs and terrain: 133 runs (22% beginner, 60% intermediate, 18% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 1,245 acres
  • Vertical: 355 metres

Learn more about Perisher (Jindabyne)


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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's the highest resort in Australia).

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.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales (6.5-hour drive from Sydney)
  • Runs and terrain: 24 runs (33% beginner, 29% intermediate, 38% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 50 acres
  • Vertical: 209 metres

Learn more about Charlotte Pass (Jindabyne)


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Mt Buller

The convenient three-hour drive makes Mt. Buller a particular favourite for Melbournites, and so the resort gets very busy on weekends.

For those of you don't mind crowds, this resort can be well worth the effort. Not only is it conveniently located, but the high-tech lift facilities make moving around the mountain extremely easy.

  • Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria (3-hour drive from Melbourne)
  • Runs and terrain: 41 runs (20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 35% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 300 acres
  • Vertical: 400 metres

Learn more about Mt Buller


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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. It's is a purpose-built ski resort renowned for its steep verticals and challenging terrain.

The village is unique as 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.

  • Location: Australian Alps National Park, Victoria (4.5-hour drive from Melbourne)
  • Runs and terrain: 66 runs (20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 40% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 320 acres
  • Vertical: 395 metres

Learn more about Mt Hotham


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Falls Creek

Falls Creek definitely takes first prize for having the prettiest alpine village. This resort has a small village that's full of restaurants, cafes and bars. Like Charlotte Pass, Falls Creek is a good one for beginners.

Unlike other mountains, here beginners are not relegated to the lower slopes. More than 80% of the mountain is dedicated to beginner and intermediate skiers so there is plenty to ski for all.

  • Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria (5-hour drive from Melbourne)
  • Runs and terrain: 92 runs (27% beginner, 60% intermediate, 23% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 450 acres
  • Vertical: 380 metres

Learn more about Falls Creek


Mt Baw Baw

The closest ski area to Melbourne at just 150km away, Mount Baw Baw sits in a vast national park and is surrounded by alpine walking trails and gum trees.

The resort offers a small, intimate village and access to snow play areas, toboggan hills and 10km of groomed cross-country ski trails.

  • Location: Baw Baw Plateau and National Park, Victoria (3-hour drive from Melbourne)
  • Runs and terrain: 21 (33% beginner, 48% intermediate, 19% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 35 acres
  • Vertical: 104 metres

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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

Compare winter travel insurance policies from Australian providers

Brands Product Product Details Apply
InsureandGo Winter Sports Cover

Overseas emergency medical assistance

14 winter sports activities covered

$600 cover for prepaid ski hire, ski passes and ski equipment

24hr emergency assistance

$1250 cover for damage to winter sports equipment

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Travel Insurance Direct for Tables Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Emergency evacuation from ski fields

Cover for prepaid ski hire ski pass and ski equipment

Cover for ski equipment hire

Piste closure

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1Cover Ski Travel Insurance

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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Skiinsurance.com.au Professional Ski Insurance

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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Columbus Direct Winter Sports Cover

$500 piste closure

$750 delay due to weather conditions

$500-750 cover for ski equipment (hired or owned)

$500 for pre-paid ski pass, equipment and tuition fees

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AMEX Travel Insurance Snow Cover

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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CoverMore Optional winter sports cover

Emergency evacuation from ski fields

Bad weather and avalanche closure

Cover for prepaid ski hire ski pass and ski equipment

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Fast Cover Snow Sports Plus

Overseas emergency medical assistance

Own or hired snow sport equipment

Piste closure

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Go Insurance Go Snow Cover

Snow sports equipment

Lift pass

Ski lessons

Piste closure

Avalanche cover

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