For those of you who have spent the autumn anticipating the news of the 2020 Australian ski season, it was a good day when the NSW and Victoria ski resorts announced that they would open from the end of June.
Recent times restrictions have had fearless skiers and snowboarders sitting on the edges of their seats, and although government regulations mean things won’t be the same as in previous years, Australian slopes are still worth checking out this season.
In recent times safety measures in place, expect reduced capacity, regular hand sanitizing, social distancing measures, and four-lift armchairs limited to two people. But do not worry, the fun will always be at its maximum capacity. You probably know the saying: “a bad day on the slopes is worth a good day at work.”
This has been difficult for many entrepreneurs in recent months, so why not take a well-deserved winter break and have fun? Indulge in some of Australia’s finest ski resorts without sacrificing luxury in these winter wonders.
The operation of the ski resorts could change in accordance with government restrictions in recent times.
Thredbo, New South Wales
Voted Australia’s best ski resort by the World Ski Awards over the past three years, Thredbo is the ideal choice for a complete skiing holiday. Five and a half hours drive from Sydney, the village is located below Mount Kosciuszko.
Of its terrain, 67% is intended for advanced skiers, but there are plenty of slopes for beginners and snowboarders, as well as powder snow and off-piste for those looking for a challenge.
Dining options are numerous with more than 30 pitches in Thredbo for relaxing and dining, including 11 ski-in ski-out restaurants that open according to government recommendations.
Where to sleep
The magnificent five-star and four-room “home away from home” offers phenomenal panoramic views with direct access to the slopes and the village of Thredbo. Named Australia’s Best Ski Chalet over the past four years, Sequoia Penthouse is the ultimate in luxury accommodation.
The property can accommodate up to eight people, has five private balconies, ski storage and drying room, bathrooms with underfloor heating and a magnificent wood-burning fireplace to make your winter holiday the epitome of comfort.
Another award-winning chalet, Rockpool Lodge is a devoted and secluded luxury accommodation overlooking the Thredbo River and just 10 minutes walk from the village. The three-story, two-bedroom Alpine-style establishment has a gourmet kitchen and drying room – ideal for a small group or family. After a full day on the slopes in front of the large stone fireplace or in the private sauna, you can defrost and relax.
Stream of Waterfalls, Victoria
With some of the best alpine accommodations, Falls Creek is the largest ski resort in Victoria and only a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne. The descent is varied and is, therefore, the ideal place for families and groups with a wide range of skiing skills.
The possibilities are endless with 90 slopes, many parks, cross-country skiing and snow clearing, sledding and snowmobiling for those looking for a different winter activity.
Where to sleep
Qt Falls Creek
The luxurious and trendy Qt Falls Creek is conveniently located at the foot of the main ski slopes. Each lodge – one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments-is equipped with design amenities, scandi-style furniture, and a private outdoor hot tub.
The spectacular view does not disappoint either. In addition to the rooms, the hotel offers its guests an in-house bazaar with seasonal dishes, a bar from the 1950s, a FIXX café for a caffeine kick and an in-house spa where you can pamper yourself after skiing.
Stream of Astra Falls
As Australia’s best ski boutique for four years in a row, Astra Falls Creek is a “modern and refined luxury” accommodation, Ski Direct. Its recent rejuvenation offers a fresh, euro-chic experience in the heart of the Victorian Alps.
The magnesium heated indoor pool, spa, sauna, library and four restaurants are just some of the exceptional amenities at the elegant lodge that make up the ultimate luxury winter getaway.
Perisher, New South Wales
Last but not least, the most extensive ski area in the Southern Hemisphere is a must-add to your ski bucket list. Although nightlife and après-ski options may be limited compared to neighboring Thredbo, its size is incomparable.
Avid skiers and snowboarders will appreciate the four-in-one resort with 1,245 acres of ski area, while the range of other activities makes it an ideal resort for families.
Thanks to its height and positioning, you can expect better snow than Perisher’s Australian counterparts. And for ultimate ski fans, the Epic Australia Pass gives you unlimited and unlimited access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham, as well as the best resorts in Japan and the US for the 2020-21 season.
Where to sleep
Located in the heart of the Perisher Valley, the stables offer a range of luxury accommodation, from one-bedrooms to chalets – many of which have a gas fireplace, spa and underfloor heating. Enjoy happy hour and dinner at the hotel’s Stallions restaurant and bar, or indulge in a seasonal room service menu and extensive plonk list in the comfort of your cozy wood and granite chalet.
Ski lodge Barrakee
Real accommodation right on the ski slope, the Barrakee Ski Lodge is located in North Perisher T-Bar. Committed to being your “home away from home”, choose from comfortable rooms for two to six people, each with a 360 degree view of the mountains. Multi-award-winning chef Peter O’Connor pampers you with a three-course gourmet experience every evening, and facilities such as the sauna, games room and well-stocked bar will pamper and relax you during your stay.