There’s so much to love about winter. The sweetness of hot chocolate, the crackling fire place, not to mention winter wardrobe shopping. But there’s one thing that always leaves me wanting more every year… the snow!
The best thing about it? It’s in our very own backyard.
To help get you in the mood for a rugged up winter, we’ve compiled a list of MUST visit ski destinations that don’t involve a 20-something-hour flight to get to.
New South Wales is the ultimate winter playground for ski bunnies and snow angels alike. With world class ski resorts (and restaurants and cafes galore), you’ll just need to worry about what to pack!
I absolutely love Thredbo. Not only does it have Australia’s longest ski runs, but it also has shops and a nightclub (you can’t ski 24/7 after all). The nightlife is particularly buzzing during the peak season, just make sure you save enough energy after a day on the slopes.
To get to Perisher you can either go by road or by the Skitube – Australia’s only underground rack railway.
Victoria is another state in Australia blessed with skiable snow. Ski resorts are only a few hours’ drive from Melbourne, so it makes the perfect place to escape for a wintry weekend getaway. Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mount Hotham are some of the more popular ski resorts. I haven’t had the chance to hit up Falls Creek or Mouth Hotham yet, but if they’re anything like Mt Buller then get me on the next plane out!
I first visited Mt Buller for a family trip about 10 years ago and it was where I learnt to ski, not to mention the first time I saw snow. If you’re starting out for the first time, I highly recommend booking into a few lessons before shooting down the mountain.
New Zealand has SO much to offer as a holiday destination, but where it really shines is up the mountain. With the strong Aussie dollar, and flights to New Zealand as cheap as chups, now’s the perfect time to cross the ditch and hit the slopes in NZ.
One of my fave places to ski in NZ is Mt Hutt. It’s just over an hours’ drive from Christchurch and if you’re trying it out for the first time they have a ‘magic carpet’ lift for beginners. Luckily for me (and the entire Mt Hutt population), I had a little bit more experience before venturing down the mountains this time around.
The Remarkables are another must see ski destination. Located in Otago on New Zealand’s South Island, this drop-dead-gorgeous ski field is one you just HAVE to check it out. Complete with a snow tubing AND terrain park, the Remarkables are well worth a visit.
If you’re planning a trip to the snow this season, we’ve compiled the best ski deals just for you. Check them out here.