For many families, the colder weather means a trip to the snow with friends and loved ones. We have gathered up some helpful info about the best ski resorts in Australia.
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Thredbo has a lot to offer in terms of skiing slopes and other snow fun and is perfect for families. There’s also an indoor leisure centre with a 50-metre pool, gym and child care centre. Thredbo offers a dedicated children’s snow sports school and fun games at Thredboland.
This family operated resort is fantastic for first timers. Activities include ski runs, tobogganing, snow play, snowboarding, snow tubing, just to name a few. There’s a café and hire gear available on-snow, however, no accommodation is available so this needs to be sourced in the surrounding towns.
Charlotte Pass is open to a limited number of guests so skiers are guaranteed short lift lines. There are both beginner and advanced level runs.
Perisher and its surrounding villages make up the largest alpine resort in the southern hemisphere, so if you’re looking for everything in one place, it’s a great option. The five terrain parks are varied so all ability levels are catered for.
Jindabyne and Kosciusko National Park
These areas are popular spots to stay outside the main ski resorts. It’s the more affordable option and you can make the trip to a ski resort each day by car in under an hour
Just three hours from Melbourne, Mt Buller is the most accessible major snow resort in Australia – just perfect for families.
There’s plenty for kids to do. The Tram Stop Snowplay Park is the place to go for snowtubing and snowman building and there are two designated toboggan areas.
As Mt Buller is open year round, it’s also an excellent place for a summer holiday. Go for a hike down one of the many walking trails, try rock climbing, recreational and mountain bike riding, or four wheel driving. As the sun fades, grab your jackets and picnic hamper and head to the Summit to enjoy the sunset from the top of Mt Buller.
Falls Creek has one of the best children’s ski centres in Australia – the Snowsport School catering for kids three to 14.
Falls Creek Village is very European in style, and is the only true ski-in, ski-out resort in Australia. It has over 4,500 beds, with plenty of excellent accommodation options for families, as well as dining and shopping. There are 14 lifts with over 92 ski runs catering for all levels. Beginners love Wombat Ramble, the longest beginner run in Australia, while advanced skiers can tackle Wishing Well or the Summit Run.
Located 4.5 hours from Melbourne with on-mountain accommodation and an alpine village 10km from the resort at Dinner Plain. 13 lifts with 20 per cent green runs and the rest split evenly between intermediate and expert.
The place to experience a unique fun filled day in the snow.
One of the most relaxed family friendly resorts in Australia with great family prices. The village is at 1,453 metres and is the highest visitable area in Tasmania.
There are great activities for the kids, with snow man building, snow basketball, toboggans and wildlife spotting. Most runs on the mountain are ideal for beginner to imtermediate users.
Before you head off check out some great tips from Mary Dawes, Director of First Aid For You, “Ski-Smart” advice here.
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