Where are the best places to ski and snowboard in Oz? Well, as a general rule, any of the bits with snow on them. Now, if you were looking for something a bit more specific, read on! We know Aussies love to ski both at home and overseas; considering the mountains here are some of the oldest in the world it’s safe to say our slopes aren’t doing too bad, for a bunch of 40-million-year-olds. We've put together some info on when to plan your trip for, what to bring and which places you should consider hitting up:
When to go? Usually the best time for ski trips tends to be around the end of July and beginning of August; it’s always a good idea to check up on these things before you head off though, to make sure you’re getting in when the air is colder, the snow quality is best and it’s not too warm and slushy.
What to pack? Aside from actual snow proof clothes (water-resistant jacket, pants and gloves) you're going to need layers layers layers! And lots of them. Also, always be sure to pack some good sunscreen and a nice warm beanie. SUNNIES To start with you definitely need a pair of sunnies - you don't want to be blinded by all the bright white so make sure you've got a good pair. Women’s sunnies - shop HERE Men's sunnies - shop HERE SOCKS Make sure you bring plenty of pairs of socks with you - both for out on the slopes and for later at night when you'll want to be chilling in your warmest pair. Women’s chunky - shop HERE Men's ultimate comfort - shop HERE UNDIES Like anyone who's made a delicious pizza will know, you need a great base to start off with. This is no different (well, alright, it's a little different), you're going to need some very comfy undies as a good base for all those warm layers you're going to throwing on... Women's undies - shop HERE Men's undies - shop HERE LAYERS Make sure you pack lots of basics and lots of layering options - there's nothing worse then feeling the chill creep in under your clothes. Men's raglan tees - shop HERE Men's long sleeve pullover - shop HERE Women's pocket pullover - shop HERE Men's trackies - shop HERE Women's leggings - shop HERE
Where to go? Here are a few of the best places to head if you're looking for a snow holiday around Oz this winter: Perisher Kosciuszko National Park, NSW A great all round option! As the biggest resort in the Southern Hemisphere it has four different resorts (Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega). Perfect for both beginners and seasoned snow buffs, this tends to be a fave with a lot of Aussie skiers. It’s spread out and there's lots of terrain to ride when everything is open. www.perisher.com.au Charlotte Pass Kosciuszko National Park, NSW It's the highest resort in Oz and is extremely quiet. It's small but is awesome for a getaway. When it snows it's amazing and luckily it has pretty consistent snowfall. There’s definitely something for everyone at Charlotte Pass; like a freestyle terrain park with rails, jumps and tabletops to test your balance on. www.charlottepass.com.au Falls Creek Alpine National Park, VIC Falls Creek has a bunch of different slopes for all different levels and great programs for the beginners amongst you. As such, Falls is pretty consistently a major destination for snow tourists, especially cross-country enthusiasts. It also has many non ski/boarding activities for the whole family and amazing attractions throughout the area. www.fallscreek.com.au Thredbo Kosciuszko National Park, NSW Thredbo has an awesome village, a little bit like a European-style ski village, and there's plenty of places to ride when it's all open. This option is a bit more pricey (although accommodation can range all the way from resorts to hostels) but is super accessible with lifts and the village nightlife. It's especially great for beginners with many easy runs and some of the best ski schools in Australia - the instructors all really know what they're doing. www.thredbo.com.au/ Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, TAS Not a lot of people think of Tassie when they're planning a snow holiday - but apart from all the other great spots to head to around the state they've also got some great slopes. Cradle Mountain is considered pretty hard going - probably not the best for beginners - but definitely for anyone looking for somewhere a bit more rugged and scenic. Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, so you just know it's going to be good looking. Also, cross country skiing is pretty popular there when the conditions are right for it. www.cradle-mountain.com
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