With the mercury dropping and winter in full swing, keen skiers and snowboarders across the country are keeping an eye on the weather forecast for signs of fresh snow. A low pressure system is currently predicted to deliver some great snow falls across Australia’s south east and New Zealand’s South Island in the coming week, so it’s the perfect time to plan your next ski holiday!
Did you know that we fly to a variety of destinations that will put you on the doorstep of Australia and New Zealand’s best ski resorts? No matter what side of the Tasman you’re looking to ski on, this handy guide will help make getting there a piece of cake!
Albury, NSW (Falls Creek)
Falls Creek is one of Victoria’s premier ski resorts, offering some of the best snow in Australia and the beauty of a ski-in ski-out, pedestrian-only village experience. Falls Creek is only 2 hours from Albury Airport, and there are a variety of transport options including car hire and coach services.
Virgin Australia flies direct to Albury from Sydney daily and offers connecting flights from many other domestic airports.
Canberra, ACT (Perisher Blue and Thredbo)
The nation’s capital offers great access to the premier NSW resorts of Perisher Blue and Thredbo. The nearby town of Jindabyne provides convenient access to both resorts as well as a variety of accommodation options. Jindabyne is an easy 2 hour drive from Canberra Airport. Alternatively, both resorts offer village and valley accommodation to be closer to the slopes each morning and can be reached in 2.5 hours from Canberra Airport.
Virgin Australia flies direct to Canberra from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
Queenstown, NZ (Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona, Treble Cone)
New Zealand’s outdoor adventure playground offers powderhounds an array of ski areas to enjoy, as well as a thriving resort town with fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes. There are 4 resorts within a 90 minute drive of Queenstown itself, meaning you can visit multiple resorts in a single snow trip and constantly discover new terrain!
Virgin Australia and our partner Air New Zealand fly daily direct to Queenstown from Sydney and Brisbane during the ski season.
Christchurch, NZ (Mt Hutt)
Mt Hutt is a short 90 minute drive from Christchurch Airport and was recently awarded NZ’s Best Ski Resort for 2015. Mt Hutt offers an array of wide open terrain for all skill levels, with the mountain boosting one of NZ’s longest vertical drops as well as one of the largest skiable areas at 365 hectares of terrain.
Virgin Australia and our partner Air New Zealand fly direct to Christchurch daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
So what are you waiting for? Get your family and friends together and book that winter ski holiday you’ve been dreaming of all summer long!