Credit: Cardrona Alpine Resort
Credit: Cardrona Alpine Resort

Thinking of hitting the slopes in Australia and New Zealand? You’re not the only one. It pays to be prepared, know where to go and book ahead. Bus companies run trips to most resorts and ski fields from the major cities and accommodation will vary depending on your budget and what you’re looking for. Late April is a good time to book ahead for the winter season which runs between June and September. Take a look at what’s on offer.

Best for snowboarding

Treble Cone in New Zealand’s Queenstown-Wanaka region boasts legendary off-piste terrain and mesmerising views with long uncrowded slopes and undulating runs. With 45 per cent of the ski terrain rated as advanced or expert, snowboarding in Treble Cone is an unforgettable experience.

Best for snowboarding in NZ: Treble Cone

In Australia, Perisher in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains offers great fun for snowboarders of all levels, but particularly beginners. With 1250 hectares of awesome terrain and an elevation to 2054 metres, it’s a lot of fun for groups and families.

What does it cost?

A full-day lift pass at Treble Cone starts at $95 for adults and $48 for children if you book in advance online. A full-day lift pass at Perisher starts at $112 for adults and $62 for children if you book in advance online.

Where to stay

The nearby town of Wanaka is the place to stay in order to get the most out of skiing or snowboarding at Treble Cone as there is no on-mountain accommodation. Wanaka Destination Guide

In Perisher, you can stay in a self-contained lodge or apartment and if you book ahead you might even be able to get five nights for the price of four with your ski pass included. Perisher Destination Guide

Best for families

The best place for families is Cardrona Alpine Resort – popular with visitors staying in Queenstown or Wanaka. Experts won’t have as much fun here, but if you’re looking for somewhere safe with wide open groomers and a laid-back vibe, Cardrona is your place. Intermediates and freestylers will enjoy the slopes and the stunning views down to the South Lake Valley.

Family-friendly Cardrona Alpine Resort

What does it cost?

Lift passes start at $95 for adults and $48 for children if you book in advance online.

Where to stay

Book in early for the on-mountain accommodation. It’s limited, especially in peak season, but well worth it. Here you’ll find 15 apartments each with 2 to 4 bedrooms, just a minute’s walk away from the lifts.

Best for friends

Falls Creek itself is just a five-hour drive from Melbourne, making it a great road trip and ski holiday destination for friends in Australia. Falls Creek offers extensive, well-groomed cross country ski trails and a world-class 42 km cross country marathon every year – Kangaroo Hoppet – part of the Worldloppet series.

Situated in the Alpine National Park, with the nearest town Mount Beauty roughly 30 km away, Falls Creek lies between an altitude of 1210 and 1830 metres. You can also ski on the peak of nearby Mt McKay, taking your right to brag up to 1842 metres. Falls Creek Destination Guide

Best for friends: Falls Creek

What does it cost?

An early-bird season pass is now available from $1229 per adult and $689 per child.

Where to stay?

Accommodation at Falls Creek ranges from high end (try the Quay West Apartments next to the Express Chairlift) right through to self-contained apartments such as Ropers Apartments, next to Pretty Valley Alpine Lodge. Another option is the Cooroona Ski Lodge, just a short walk/ski to the Falls Creek Express. Falls Creek Accommodation Guide

Do you have any tips for skiing and snowboarding in Australia or New Zealand? Let us know today and share the snowy love.

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