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Where to go skiing in Australia in 2022

Your guide on the 9 best ski resorts you can visit in Australia.

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During the Australian winter, powderhounds make a beeline for New South Wales and Victoria to catch some of the nation's best snow.

Between the 2 states, there's a healthy handful of resorts to choose from. If you're stuck on where to head this year, our guide compares 9 of the country's best (including 1 in Tasmania) to get you on the right slopes.

At a glance: Australia's best ski resorts

Ski resortSki-in/ski-out?Closest capital cityLift pass price
(1 day, adult)
Lift pass price
(2 days, adult)
Lift pass price

(3 days, adult)

Is there a resort village?
Thredbo, NSWYesSydney, 5.5-hour drive$179$289$435Yes
Perisher, NSWYesSydney, 5.5-hour drive$101$157$210Yes (most stay in Jindabyne)
Charlotte Pass, NSWYesSydney, 6-hour drive$99$197$292Yes (most stay in Jindabyne)
Mt Buller, VictoriaYesMelbourne, 3-hour drive$107$214$291Yes
Mt Hotham, VictoriaYesMelbourne, 4.5-hour drive$125$250$375Yes
Falls Creek, VictoriaYesMelbourne, 5-hour drive$159$312$434Yes
Mt Baw Baw, VictoriaYesMelbourne, 3-hour drive$55$110$165Yes
Ben Lomond, TasmaniaYesLaunceston, 1-hour drive$89$178$267Yes (or you can stay in Launceston)
Selwyn, NSWNoSydney, 5.5-hour drive$114$202$290No (stay in Adaminaby)

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Thredbo, NSW

Best for off-piste skiing

Thredbo is home to the longest ski run in Australia. But despite this, its main claim to fame is its off-piste action.

With 11 ski-in ski-out restaurants on the mountain and plenty of cafes and bars in the village, Thredbo has you covered for cold nights in front of warm fires with a schnapps in hand.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales
  • How to get there: 5.5-hour drive from Sydney
  • Runs and terrain: 53 runs (16% beginner, 67% intermediate, 17% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 480 hectares
  • Vertical drop: 672 metres

Pros

  • Large resort with various facilities
  • Highest lifted point increases your chance of good weather
  • Easily accessible from Sydney
  • Popular, with a party vibe

Cons

  • Terrain is not too friendly for beginner-level skiers
  • Limited number of runs compared with nearby Perisher

Book hotels in Thredbo


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Perisher, NSW

Best for intermediate-level skiers

Made up of 4 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 a late-night village atmosphere, but caters more for families with its self-sufficient lodges that contain their own restaurants and bars.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales (5.5-hour drive from Sydney)
  • Runs and terrain: 133 runs (22% beginner, 60% intermediate, 18% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 1,245 hectares
  • Vertical: 355 metres

Pros

  • Easily accessible from Sydney
  • Biggest ski resort in Australia with 133 runs to explore
  • Close to Jindabyne for cheap stays
  • Skitube railway makes it easy to get to the slopes without the worry of driving and snow chains
  • Separate tobogganing area for kids

Cons

  • Terrain is not too friendly for beginner-level skiers and snowboarders
  • No real ski villages
  • Lots of T-bars
  • Can get slushy quickly in peak/low-snow periods

Book hotels in Perisher


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Charlotte Pass, NSW

Best for beginners

This isolated resort is only accessible via ski cat from Perisher. As the highest resort in Australia it 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 daily.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales (5.5-hour drive from Sydney)
  • Runs and terrain: 24 runs (33% beginner, 29% intermediate, 38% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 50 hectares
  • Vertical: 209 metres

Pros

  • Easily accessible from Sydney
  • Fairly even number of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs
  • Quieter than Thredbo and Perisher
  • Close to Jindabyne where there's cheap accommodation

Cons

  • Very few runs, more avid skiers/snowboarders will get bored quickly

Book hotels in Charlotte Pass


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Mt Buller, Victoria

Best for weekend trips

The convenient 3-hour drive makes Mt Buller a favourite for Melbournians. As you can expect, the resort gets very busy on weekends.

But if you don't mind the crowds, this resort is worth the effort. Not only does it offer over 80 runs, but its high-tech lift facilities make moving around the mountain extremely easy.

  • Location: Alpine National Park, Victoria (3-hour drive from Melbourne)
  • Runs and terrain: 80+ runs (20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 35% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 300 hectares
  • Vertical: 400 metres

Pros

  • One of the largest ski villages in Australia, making it great for apres skiing
  • Easily accessible from Melbourne
  • Well groomed runs

Cons

  • Very popular, can get crowded
  • Few beginner runs

Book hotels in Mt Buller


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Mt Hotham, Victoria

Best for advanced skiers

If you’re looking for a more thigh-challenging ski holiday, Mt Hotham could be for you. It's 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 hectares
  • Vertical: 395 metres

Pros

  • Top snow due to its high vertical
  • Uncrowded due to its distance out from Melbourne
  • Loads of ski-in/ski-out accommodation

Cons

  • Prone to poor snowfall
  • Kids' ski area is placed inconveniently away from the resort
  • Further drive from Melbourne than Mt Buller

Book hotels in Mt Hotham


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Falls Creek, Victoria

Best for all ski levels

Falls Creek takes first prize for having the prettiest alpine village which is full of restaurants, cafes and bars.

While there's plenty of cross-country skiing this really is a resort for all. Unlike other mountains, here beginners are not relegated to the lower slopes with more than 80% of the mountain dedicated to beginner and intermediate skiers.

  • 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

Pros

  • Uncrowded due to its distance from Melbourne
  • Ski-in/ski-out is available from all village accommodation

Cons

  • Prone to poor snowfall
  • Limited advanced runs
  • Geared toward skiers, not so much snowboarders

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Mt Baw Baw, Victoria

Best for day trips

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: 17 (25% beginner, 64% intermediate, 11% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 35 hectares
  • Vertical: 104 metres

Pros

  • Easily accessible from Melbourne
  • Good number of runs and terrain suitable for all levels
  • Has 10km of groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Walking and biking trails for those who don't want to ski or snowboard

Cons

  • Small skiable terrain
  • Low vertical makes it heavily susceptible to run closures due to poor weather

Book hotels in Mt Baw Baw


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Ben Lomond, Tasmania

Best for access

Nestled in north-eastern Tasmania, Ben Lomond is the highest and largest ski resort in Tasmania. This makes it the premier destination for skiers and snowboarders wanting to hit the powder on the Apple Isle.

You can stay on the mountain at Rover's Retreat or in Launceston and drive up.

A shuttle runs from the lower carpark to the slopes. If you do drive in, snow chains are required for the final 8km journey up the steep and winding road known as Jacob's Ladder.

  • Location: Ben Lomond National Park, Tasmania (1-hour drive from Launceston)
  • Runs and terrain: 6 runs (37% beginner, 53% intermediate, 10% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 40 hectares
  • Vertical: 85 metres

Pros

  • Good for intermediate skiers
  • Easily accessible from Launceston
  • Highest ski resort in Tasmania

Cons

  • No chair lifts – surface lifts only
  • Small number of runs

Book hotels in Ben Lomond


Selwyn ski slopes. Image: Selwyn

Selwyn, NSW

Best for quiet slopes

One of the smaller resorts on the New South Wales side of Kosciuszko National Park, Sewlyn is hailed as a premier learn-to-ski area.

The resort was rebuilt in 2021 to include the nation's largest toboggan park, an 81 metre snow carpet and upgraded chairlifts. Improved snowmaking facilities also mean more open days in the season.

  • Location: Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales (5.5-hour drive from Sydney)
  • Runs and terrain: 11 runs (18% beginner, 55% intermediate, 27% advanced)
  • Skiable terrain: 86 acres
  • Vertical: 122 metres

Pros

  • Uncrowded due to its size and the high number of beginner runs
  • Quiet, family-friendly atmosphere with facilities such as barbeque shelters
  • Free carparking
  • New facilities due to be rebuilt in 2021/2022

Cons

  • No ski village, driving to and from the field is required
  • Not many challenging runs for advanced snow sporters

Book hotels in Selwyn

Best places to go skiing

How much does it cost to ski in Australia?

The cost of transport, accommodation, gear and ski passes in Australia depends on where and when you're skiing as well as how close you wish to stay to the slopes.

Larger resorts are typically more expensive due to their facilities and popularity. For example, a day at Thredbo will set you back close to $200 for a lift pass. Smaller results, such as Mount Baw Baw, are substantially cheaper with passes from $55 a day.

Staying on Thredbo in peak season can cost upwards of $600 a night at the 3-star Thredbo Alpine Hotel. A stay in the neaby town of Jindaybyne can cost you half that.

Peak dates, including weekends, are generally more expensive due to demand across the board.

To keep costs down, ski the small resorts, look for discounted multi-day or early-bird passes and book accommodation in nearby towns. Ski deals and packages can also get the most for your money.

  • Thredbo, NSW – $179
  • Perisher, NSW – $139
  • Charlotte Pass, NSW – $107
  • Selwyn, NSW – TBA
  • Mt. Buller, Victoria – $107
  • Mt. Hotham, Victoria – TBA
  • Falls Creek, Victoria – $102
  • Mt Baw Baw, Victoria – $55

Where can I ski in Australia?

Most of Australia's ski resorts are in the south-east corner of the country in the Snowy Mountains.

What should you wear at a snow resort?

When at the snow, layer up to keep warm and dry. You don't need expensive or branded clothing so long as the clothes you take do the job.

  • Thermal tops
  • Thermal bottoms
  • Warm socks
  • Warm pants
  • Warm top
  • Winter jacket
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles

It's also a good idea to wear sun protection. Winter sports may be a cold activity but UV rays can be more powerful at higher altitudes and also reflect off the snow.

When is the best time to ski in Australia?

The snow season runs from June to September in Australia, with specific dates depending on the snowfall per resort.

The best time to arrive for snow and price is mid-June to mid-July or August which are shoulder seasons.

Unless you have kids, it's best to avoid the winter school holidays as popular resorts get overcrowded.


The latest snow deals in Australia

Deal

Up to 46% off 7-night ski escape at Charlotte Pass

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 1 October 2022. Includes stay at Lucy Lodge, breakfast, lift pass and return over-snow transport from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass.
Deal

Up to 10% off full-day Mt Buller snow tour

Expires 17 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 14 July 2023. This 15-hour tour includes a return coach transfer from Melbourne to Mt Buller.
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Up to 15% off Australia adventures

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on select travel dates until 2022. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Rottnest Island, Cairns, Darwin, Sydney, Byron Bay, Uluru, Canberra, Jindabyne, Great Ocean Road and more.
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Up to 46% off 7-night ski break in Charlotte Pass

Verified 4 days ago Expires 27 Aug 2022
Available for travel on 28 August – 1 October 2022 in NSW. Includes Lucy Lodge accommodation, 8-day lift passes, return transport, continental breakfast and more.
Deal

Mount Buller snow day trip from $135

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available for travel until 23 September 2022 for a 15-hour experience. Includes transport by air-conditioned minibus.
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Up to 10% off Mount Buller snow tour from Melbourne

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 23 September 2022 when you purchase 2 or more voucher. Includes transfers from Melbourne CBD, entry onto the mountain and 20% discount on hire equipment. T&Cs apply.
Deal

$169: Mt Buller Snow day tour from Melbourne

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on weekends until September 2022 and includes transfers.
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Mount Buller snow and ski group tour from $990

Expires 17 Aug 2022
Available for travel until 20 September 2022. 14-hour tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off. Valid for a group of 11. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 10% off hot air ballooning experience near Mt Buller

Expires 17 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 18 November 2022 in Mansfield. This full-day activity includes onsite parking and insurance.
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Mount Buller: Full-day snow and sightseeing tour from $115

Expires 17 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 25 September 2022 for a 15-hour experience.
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Sunrise hot air balloon flight near Mt Buller from $395

Expires 17 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 31 March 2023 in Mansfield. This 3.5-hour experience includes free car parking at Alzburg Resort.
Deal

Full-day Mt Buller tour from $129

Expires 15 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 11 September 2022 for a 15-hour experience.
Deal

$990: Private Mt Buller snow and ski tour from Melbourne

Expires 16 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 30 September 2022. This 6-hour tour includes return transfers to Melbourne. Valid for a group of 10 persons.
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Canberra: 1-day snow trip to Perisher and Thredbo from $85

Expires 27 Aug 2022
Available on select days until 27 August 2022. Includes return transfers and National park admission fees. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Up to 43% off Mt Buller snow day tour

Expires 15 Aug 2022
Available every day until 30 September 2022. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 45% off Mt Buller ski hire

Expires 17 Aug 2022
Available every day until 30 September 2022 in Merrijig. Includes ski and snowboard hire equipment from Merrijig Motor Inn.
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$169: Mt Buller snow day trip

Expires 10 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 25 September 2022 with transfers from Melbourne CBD.
Deal

Charlotte Pass snow day trip from $149

Expires 10 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 3 October 2022. Includes lift pass and a skiing or snowboarding lesson.
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$149: Mt Buller trip with transfers from Melbourne

Expires 10 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 2024.
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Up to 10% off Mt Buller snow trip from Melbourne

Expires 10 Aug 2022
Available on select dates and includes return transfers and entry to Mt Buller. Must purchase 2 or more vouchers. T&Cs apply.
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Mt Buller 3-day snow adventure from $709

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 31 August 2022 and includes return transfers and accommodation. T&Cs apply.
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2-day Mt Buller snow tour from $399

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on select dates from 24 July – 31 August 2022 and includes return transfers, accommodation and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Mt Buller full-day tour from Melbourne from $129

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available until 2 October 2022 and includes return transfers.
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Up to 10% off New Zealand ski experiences

Expires 31 Aug 2022
Available on select travel dates from June – September 2022 and June – September 2023. Destinations include Queenstown, Wanaka, The Remarkables, Christchurch and more.
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Up to 10% off Thredbo hotels

Available on select stay dates until 2022. Includes free breakfast and cancellation on select hotels. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 60% off Australia getaways

Available on select stay dates with Express Deals. Destinations include Sydney, Adelaide, Byron Bay, Thredbo Village, Sunshine Coast, Jindabyne, Perth, the Gold Coast and more.
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Falls Creek stays from $130/night

Available on select stay dates. Sample stay in at Mount Beauty, Victoria. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Mt Buller snow tour from $1,200

Expires 12 Aug 2022
Available on select dates until 12 August 2022. This 15-hour tour destination stops include Yarra Ranges National Park, Mansfield, Merrijig and more.
Deal

Thredbo getaways from $120 per night

Available on select travel dates. Sample stay is at Corryong Hotel Motel.

Winter travel insurance guide

Bad weather, ski lift closures and injuries can leave you with medical expenses, unused ski passes, and lost or damaged equipment. The risks involved in ski holidays are unique, so it's a good idea to invest in snow specific travel insurance.

This guide outlines the benefits of winter travel insurance and what to look out for when comparing policies.

Key winter specific insurance features

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