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The Ultimate Australian Snow Guide

Aug 102017

When most people think of Australia, they think of stunning beaches and vast deserts however the Australian Alps are a beautiful and sometimes forgotten part of the Australian landscape. Skiing or snowboarding in Australia is unique, with native animals like wombats, kangaroos and even echidnas sometimes seen on the snow fields! Taking a road trip down to the snow through the incredible Australian countryside is a beautiful weekend getaway to get some shredding in before the days get long again.

Australian snow is found on the east-coast with over 20 ski areas between the states of New South Wales, Victoria as well as Tasmania and is suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Read on to find the breakdown on our top snow picks.

WHEN TO GO

 

The Australian snow season kicks off around the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and finishes off at the end of September. If there’s a good dump of snow, resorts sometimes open earlier.

The shoulder seasons are cheaper and generally fall between late June to early July and from the end of August onwards.

 

Snow-making machines allow resorts to top up the runs if coverage is skimpy to provide more consistent conditions.

WHERE TO STAY

 

Whether you’re looking for a basic cabin, ski lodge or luxury hotel room, there are plenty of places to stay in the village or just outside of town, easily found on Booking.com. Ski in-Ski out is usually a little more expensive however is the best option if you’re looking to make first tracks!

 

For bigger groups or for a little bit of extra privacy you could hire a private home on AirBNB or Stayz.

Sometimes it’s beneficial to look for package deals that combine accommodation, equipment hire and lessons to save you money.

 

Accommodation sells out early so it’s usually best to book a few weeks in advance.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

 

Make sure your car’s tyres are in good condition and hire some snow chains if you’re not driving a 4WD. It’s compulsory for 2 wheel drive cars to carry chains or you could be fined up to $330. You can usually hire these at service stations or snow rental shops in ski towns close to the mountain. Check the policies of each mountain before you leave as some require Diamond chains. Make sure you practice putting them on before you drive up the mountain so you’re fully prepared when you need them. You will only need to put them on when there is snow or ice on the road, or when directed by police or road and traffic authorities.

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