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Skiing in Summer?The Snowy Mountain In Australia Makes It All Possible

While many North American and European skiers and snowboarders are storing away their gear as the hot summer sun melts down the snow cover, the opposite side of the globe is just cooling down for some of the best ski conditions during the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months.

Australia may be better known as a sunburnt country but June marks the start of the country’s ski season.Seriously, you can ski Australia and New Zealand from June-October.From July through September, some glacial skiing resorts even offer guests the option to ski in the morning and lounge by the outdoor pool in the afternoon to not miss out on important bronzing time (just don’t forget to apply plenty of sunblock).

After tons of research and review, here’s a list of four of the best ski resorts in Australia!Dig out your thermals, your skis and snowboards – it’s ski season!

1. Mt. Buller,Australia

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A three-hour drive from Melbourne, Mt. Buller is close enough for a day’s escape. There are 25 runs in total divided into two areas of the mountain: the Northern Slopes and Southern Slopes. Intermediate runs are found on both sides of the mountain, favorites include the wide cruising slopes of Little Buller Spur and Wombat. Most advanced runs are on the south side, such as the popular Federation, Wood Run, Bull Run and Wombat bowls. First-timers can find their feet by buying a Discovery Pass which costs $108 (AUD) for one day which includes a two-hour lesson and access to seven beginner lifts. Buller also has five miles of cross-country trails, three terrain parks and two toboggan parks.

When to go: Early June to early October

Terrain: 740 acres

Lifts: Three high-speed chairs and 10 surface lifts

Après ski: After working up an appetite on the slopes, relax with a gluhwine next to the fire at the Moosehead bar or head to the lively Kooroora bar—a favorite locals’ watering hole. Choose from a range of dining options, including gourmet burgers, Italian, Asian, tapas and more.

Resort facilities: Mt Buller is also home to the High Alpine Spa Retreat—Australia’s highest day spa. Buller has more than 30 bars and restaurants and around 7,000 beds, some of which are ski-in/ski-out properties. There’s also a ski school, a range of shops, a movie theater and ski rentals.

Ski pass prices: Daily lift tickets cost $110 (AUD)

Transportation: Located 154 miles from Melbourne, it’s a three-hour drive away via the Hume Highway or Maroondah Highway. Park about a mile from Buller and take the free shuttle service. A number of private coach companies also operate between Melbourne and Buller.

2.Mt Hotham, Australia

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Located high in the Victorian Alps, Mt. Hotham is known as ‘The powder capital of Australia’. It holds the record for the most annual snowfall in Victoria. Expert skiers can conquer steep valley runs and the many natural gullies, half-pipes and tree runs. Hotham is home to one of Australia’s steepest and most difficult runs: Mary Slide. However, all skiers and riders can find terrain to their liking here, not just experts. There are plenty of good cruising runs for beginners and intermediates as well as the Big D designated learning area. Hotham also offers night skiing twice a week and three terrain parks. Non-skiers have snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and toboganning.

When to go: Early June through the end of September

Terrain: 605 acres: 20 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 40 percent advanced

Longest run: 1.5 miles

Après ski: Hotham has more than 20 bars and restaurants. Favorite après-ski spots include Swinders Bar, The General and Zirkys Bar.

Resort facilities: Hotham Snowports Centre and kids’ club, day care, snow sports rental shop, retail outlets, two spas, medical centre, bars and restaurants, and more than 7,000 beds in hotels, lodges and apartments.

Ski pass prices: A one-day lift ticket is $110 (AUD)

Transportation: Hotham Airport is just 12 miles away. Direct flights arrive here from Melbourne and Sydney. If driving from Melbourne (4.5 hrs), it is a very scenic journey as Hotham is located at the highest point of the Great Alpine Road. A resort entry fee is applied and there is ample overnight parking.

3.Thredbo, Australia

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Thredbo, midway between Sydney and Melbourne, is Australia’s best-known ski resort. Home to the five longest runs in Oz, Thredbo is a hit with beginners and intermediates for its long, wide cruisers such as Walkabout, Playground and Ballroom. But it’s not just for groomers: Thredbo has the steepest overall terrain of any ski resort in Australia, with natural hits, wind lips and powder bowls to satisfy even the most advanced skiers. The most challenging of Thredbo’s 50 runs is Funnel Web—essentially an ungroomed trail notorious for its near-vertical middle section dotted with bumps and moguls. Despite the resort’s low altitude (4,478 feet), it actually has the country’s highest skiable point (6,683 feet). Skiers needn’t worry about lack of snow on lower runs either as Thredbo has invested $6 million on the largest snowmaking system in the Southern Hemisphere. Thredbo also has several terrain parks to suit varying levels.

When to go: Early June through early October

Terrain: 1,186 acres: 16 percent beginner, 67 percent intermediate, 17 percent   advanced/intermediate

Lifts: Four quads, three doubles, five t-bars and two snowrunners

Longest run: Karels T-bar to Friday Flat3.7 miles

Après ski: In addition to big events, each week there is a new schedule of entertainment, from Rekorderlig’s poolside parties to live performances at Lounge Bar, Keller and Schuss Bar, and parties at the Smirnoff Snow Dome.

Resort facilities: The streets are lined with a good selection of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The Thredbo Leisure Centre has an Olympic-sized heated pool and the sports hall features a climbing wall. All accommodations are within easy walking distance or a quick free shuttle bus ride to the slopes and village. Choose from catered lodges, hotels, luxurious apartments and self-contained units.

Ski pass prices: Daily lift tickets cost $110 (AUD)

Transportation: Fly direct from Sydney or catch a 2.5 hour shuttle from Canberra airport. Entry into the national park is free but if you’re taking your own car you’ll need to get a permit, which will set you back $27 (AUD) a day. Driving from Sydney or Melbourne will take around six hours.

4.Perisher Mountain, Australia

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Perisher, in New South Wales, is the largest resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Four areas—Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega—provide a variety of terrain for all skiing levels. What really makes the resort stand out is the abundance of entertaining activities for the whole family, from night skiing to a free fireworks display every Thursday. New last season was the mini half-pipe at the Yabby Flat Terrain Park, which allows beginners to safely learn the basics of half-pipe riding before moving onto the Front Valley pipe. The Snowy Daycare also caters to groms as mini as six weeks old.

When to go: Early June through early October

Terrain: 3,076 acres: 22 percent beginner, 60 percent intermediate, 18 percent advanced

Lifts: One eight-seater chair, six quads, four doubles, two triples, 34 surface lifts

Longest run: 1.8 miles

Après ski: Choose from a number of lively bars. Try the locally-distilled Wild Brumy Schnapps at the Top Spot Bar with its spectacular views or enjoy the DJ and acoustic sessions at the Overflow Bar. The Snow Gums Restaurant at the Perisher Valley Hotel offers signature gourmet buffet dinners Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Resort facilities: Ski school, retail outlets, village bars, on-mountain restaurants, a restaurant/cafe at each of the four mountain bases, supermarket, ATM, police station, medical center, post office and pharmacy. There are 28 accommodation options in Perisher, including hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and chalets.

Ski pass prices: Daily lift tickets cost $112 (AUS).

Transportation: Perisher is a six-hour drive from Sydney via Canberra and Cooma or seven hours from Melbourne

 

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