Hit the slopes at the best ski resorts in Australia

ski resorts in australia

You don’t have to travel all the way to Aspen this winter to hit the slopes. Stay local at the best ski resorts in Australia.


From the thrills of downhill skiing to the tranquil beauty of cross-country trails, ski resorts in Australia offer a diverse array of snow fields that promise unforgettable experiences for beginners to experts. 

Opening image: Mt Buller. 


People enjoying a day of skiing and snowboarding at Blue Cow in Perisher. Image: Destination NSW.


Perisher Ski Resort, New South Wales

Located in the breathtaking Snowy Mountains, Perisher is the largest ski resort in Australia, with over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. With a large network of lifts and trails catering to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, Perisher offers endless opportunities for adventure. From the gentle beginner slopes of Front Valley to the challenging Kamikaze run, there’s something for everyone. 

There is accommodation on-mountain, with options such as the Marritz Hotel and The Man From Snowy River Hotel, but many choose to stay in the nearby town of Jindabyne, with its classic country-style pubs, laid back vibe and wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.


Snow covering the landscape in Thredbo, Snowy Mountains. Image: Destination NSW.


Thredbo, New South Wales

Home to Australia’s longest ski run and the iconic Mount Kosciuszko, Thredbo is a haven for snow enthusiasts. With its steep chutes, wide-open groomers and exhilarating off-piste terrain, Thredbo caters to advanced skiers and snowboarders craving a challenge. Meanwhile, beginners can hone their skills on gentle beginner slopes or take in the stunning scenery on leisurely scenic walks. After a day on the slopes, unwind in Thredbo Village, where cosy cafes, restaurants and boutique shops await.

This winter, the Alpine Coaster will be unveiled for the first time. With 1.5km of twists and turns, passengers will be able to control their speed of up to 40km/h as they travel along a mix of uphill and downhill tracks. It’s perfect for kids (and kids at heart).


Falls Creek. Image: Emble Studio.


Falls Creek Alpine Resort, Victoria

Tucked away in Victoria’s alpine region, Falls Creek welcomes visitors with its pristine powder snow and charming alpine village atmosphere. Boasting over 90 runs and a variety of terrain parks, Falls Creek is the largest ski resort in Victoria and offers endless opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing adventures (along with stunning views, of course). It is also a pedestrian-only village – which means everything from accommodation to restaurants to snow activities are all ski-in/ski-out! 

Make sure to grab a tasty meal at the Frying Pan Inn, or enjoy a cocktail at the swanky Apartment 3 bar at Elk. With a range of accommodation options, from luxury chalets to budget-friendly lodges, you’ll be sure to have a comfortable and memorable stay. It’s well worth checking out the impressive Astra Falls Creek, which has been awarded the best boutique ski hotel in Australia for the past eight consecutive years!


Just three hours from Melbourne is one of the best ski resorts in Australia with something for everyone: Mt Buller.


Mount Buller Alpine Resort, Victoria

Just a 3.5-hour drive from Melbourne, Mount Buller is a favourite winter playground for both city dwellers and international visitors. With an extensive lift network and over 80km of trails, including gentle beginner slopes and challenging black diamond runs, Mount Buller offers something for every skill level. 

With its vibrant village atmosphere – complete with cafes, bustling bars, fine dining and live entertainment – there’s no shortage of excitement off the slopes. Enjoy the views of Mt Stirling at the Black Cockatoo, or try traditional Austrian cuisine at Kaptans. Plus, with a range of accommodation options, from ski-in/ski-out chalets to budget-friendly lodges, Mount Buller caters to every taste and budget.


Ski or snowboard some of Australia’s most beautiful terrain then sit back by an open fire and drink in the views. Image: Emble Studio.


Mount Hotham, Victoria

Renowned for its steep terrain, deep powder, and breathtaking scenery, Mount Hotham is a mecca for advanced skiers and snowboarders seeking thrills. With its challenging off-piste terrain, including the infamous Extreme Zone, Mount Hotham offers a playground for experienced riders to test their skills. Meanwhile, beginners and intermediates can enjoy groomed slopes, gentle learning areas, and scenic cross-country trails. 

If you need a snack mid-ski, check out Hoff Hut at the top of the Heavenly Valley chair lift. For some apres adventures, sip hot buttered whisky at Jack Frost, or refuel with all your favourites at the Hotham Hotel.

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