Hit the slopes on a winter Road Trip – 5 top Aussie destinations
8 June 2022
For those itching to get to the snow this season, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the low temperatures being felt across Australia should be all the incentive you need to book that long-awaited ski trip! With the snow already falling across the slopes in Oz, it’s time to get excited about dream runs amidst the powder.
To help you plan your snow holiday, we’ve pulled together a list of the best slopes destinations you can drive to in Australia. Read on and start making plans!
#1 Perisher, NSW
Perisher is the biggest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere boasting more than 1,200 hectares of skiable terrain to explore. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down at Perisher either, with night skiing an option usually every Tuesday and Saturday on the Front Valley slope during the season. Approximately 5.5hrs drive from Sydney with a handy ski tube alpine railway to take you straight to the ski village and avoid the icy roads to the resort.
#2 Mount Hotham, VIC
Mount Hotham is unique in that the ski village is located at the top of the mountain, so you wake up in the clouds with all the fresh powder below you. It also boasts some of the more challenging terrains in Australia, making it a popular choice for more confident skiers. Being a confident skier is no prerequisite for having a fun time at Mount Hotham, with more than 20 restaurant and bar options for après skiing and plenty of space allocated for snow tubing and tobogganing. Mount Hotham is a 4.5-hour drive from Melbourne.
#3 Thredbo, NSW
Thredbo has the five longest ski runs in Australia and is the ski field for you if you’re all about the distance. There is a good mix of slopes that caters well for skiers of intermediate level or above. There is a bustling alpine village that caters well to foodies and party-goers alive. It will take you about 5.5 hours to drive to Thredbo from Sydney.
#4 Falls Creek, VIC
If you’re keen to avoid crowds on the mountain, Falls Creek is a good option. We are told, it doesn’t get as crowded here compared to other ski areas in Australia and has some of the best cross-country skiing tracks in the country. Although more advanced skiiers may not find the runs overly challenging, being only a 4.5-hour drive from Melbourne with plenty of ski in/ski out accommodation, it is a good choice for accessibility.
#5 Mount Buller, VIC
Combining quality ski trails, spectacular scenery, and first-rate resort facilities, Mt Buller certainly has a lot going for it. With two distinct mountainsides, there’s a choice between the Northern Slopes, packed with blue runs, and the Southern Slopes, where black trails reign. A short 3-hour drive from Melbourne, Mount Buller offers magnificent views over the Victorian Alps and Delatite Valley.
Be prepared for the road trip
If you do find yourself driving to a ski resort this winter, remember to make sure your car is ready for the journey. For tips on preparing your car for a road trip, see here. Remember, you can reduce windscreen chips by keeping a safe distance from the cars in front of you and driving to the conditions as well.
And if you do have a small chip in your windscreen, make sure you get your chip repaired before you head off (as extreme temperature changes can cause existing chips to crack).
If you do find yourself in need of a windscreen repair or replacement after a mountain adventure or while out on the road*, call our friendly team of windscreen experts, 24/7, on 13 1616 or send us a message.