We understand that the allure of New Zealand is incredibly appealing so we have put together a few facts to help you make an informed choice when shelling out hard earned money for a holiday in the snow.
So.....why ski Australia?
Australia is home to the longest run in Australasia; the Supertrail in Thredbo, NSW is 5.9km long!
Largest area to cover:
Perisher (in NSW) is set on an enormous 1245 hectares of skiable terrain over 4 mountain peaks; Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega (all 4 areas are covered with the one lift pass).
Getting to the Snow:
Many a visitor to Queenstown and Wanaka in New Zealand's South Island have been surprised to realise getting to their ski area of choice can take anything from 25minutes to an hour's drive on roads that are generally not sealed and not for the faint-hearted.
Australia offers both on and off snow accommodation with transfers for those who don’t wish to drive in snowy conditions
On Snow Accommodation
Most Australian resorts have a variety of on snow accommodation and depending on snow conditions many are ski in/ski out, this means, instead of driving 25 minutes to an hour each day, you can step out of your door and you're there!
Food & Dining:
Gourmet foodies may well prefer to dine on mountain in Australia where award-winning dining exists both on the ski runs and in the ski in/ski out villages.
Thredbo has more than seven on mountain restaurants possible to ski/board into and that doesn't include the premium dining options in the village. New Zealand has yet to raise its bar with on mountain catering, it's simply best to pack your own lunch, as choice and quality are limited.
If you like to ski or board through the trees, then Australian Snowgums are part of the quintessential Down Under snow experience.
Australia's Successful Winter Athletes:
Ski or board where the Olympians do! Winter Olympic gold medallist snowboard champion Torah Bright is a Perisher prodigy and Lydia Lassila, freestyle skier and gold medallist in the Winter Olympics has a chair lift named after her in Mt Buller. Olympic silver medallist David Morris calls Mt Buller 'home'. We have also created Andrea Binning, a world champion extreme free skier who is a Hotham devotee. Mt Buller is also favoured by winter Olympic medallists Jacqui Cooper and Alisa Camplin. Did we mention the first non-European to win an FIS World Cup was an Australian? Malcolm Milne in 1969!