Get to Know the Snow

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Looking to cool down after all that hard work at the mines? Why not spend your hard-earned time off at the snow? It’s the perfect way to chill out this winter.

Australia and New Zealand have some fantastic resorts, but unless you’re a veteran boarder or skier, knowing where to carve it up can be tricky. We’ve picked three resorts worth checking out. They’re all quite different, so there’s something to cater to all needs and experience levels.

Falls Creek, VIC


Why Go?
With reliable snow cover and around 65km of world-class trails, this is one of Australia’s most popular ski fields. Not surprisingly, it’s also the training base for Australia’s Cross Country Ski Team. There’s a great range of entertainment and activities for the youngsters, which makes it a great option for families, too.

Who’s It Good For?
Adventurous types and cross-country skiiers looking for some seriously tough terrain. It’s also a popular spot for families with activities like snow bocce, tobogganing, fireworks and appearances by Pete the Snow Dragon to keep the kids happy.

Where Is It?

Alpine National Park, 390km or 4.5 hours’ drive north east of Melbourne, VIC.

How Do I Get There?
You can fly, drive or catch a bus to Falls Creek. The nearest town is Mount Beauty. Visit the resort website for full details

Falls Creek Resort requires you to buy a resort pass on entry. If you’re arriving via car, a day pass costs $42 if bought before 1pm, or $20 after. If you’re arriving by bus, the pass costs $13 per adult and $6 per child. Lift passes cost $110 for an adult for the day, $94 for youth (15-18 years) and $55 for children 6-14 years.

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Charlotte Pass, NSW


Why Go?
At 1760m above sea level, Charlotte Pass is Australia’s highest ski resort. The only way to get here is by oversnow transport, which means that Charlotte Pass doesn’t get as busy as other resorts. Its height lends itself to some of the most consistent natural snowfall in the country, not to mention stunning views.

Who’s It Good For?
Adrenaline junkies can get their kicks with a great range of jumps, tabletops and rails or even venture into the back-country to discover some hidden runs. It’s also a hit with romantics – the view from the top combined with the feeling of being at the highest ski resort in the country, makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, don’t ya think?

Where Is It?
Around 200km south-west of Canberra, in Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains, NSW.

How Do I Get There?
Charlotte Pass itself is not accessible by road. You can fly, drive or catch a bus to the nearby snowy mountains airport and board the Charlotte Pass Oversnow Transport (bookings recommended)

A one-day lift pass is $97 or $60 for children. The oversnow transport costs $85 return for adults and $65 for kids.

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Broken River, NZ


Why go?
Broken River is well-known for being one of New Zealand’s quirkiest, most down-to-earth snow resorts. It’s small, inexpensive and basic with no fancy spas or restaurants, and the staff and locals are friendly. There is a variety of terrain options, but it’s known for having loads of off piste skiing and snowboarding for intermediate and advanced levels. There’s also no gear hire available, so sort that out before you go.

Who’s it Good For?
The friendly, no frills atmosphere and fact that kids under 11 are free makes it popular with families. The authentic ‘skiwi’ vibe also makes it a popular choice for people who just want to get stuck into the skiing or boarding, without all the fuss.

Where is it?
Broken River ski area is located in the Craigieburn Range, 110km north-west of Christchurch.

How do I get there?
Driving from Christchurch is straightforward and, therefore, the most popular option. Private tour operators can also take you there. Once you arrive at the car park, you can either walk or board the Tyndall Tram to the ticket office. Note that the tram only operates between 8:30-11:30am and 3:30-5:30pm.

A one-day adult lift pass costs $70, while kids aged 11-18 pay $35.

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