Planning a ski vacation to Southern Hemisphere can be a daunting task as the alpine regions of Australia, and Southern Alps of New Zealand have more than 30 ski resorts. And you have all the reasons to get confused when deciding the destination as some ski fields are famous for powder skiing, some have more snow, some have the best lifts while some are off-piste. Some commercial ski fields are value for money while others offer excellent nightlife.
Here is a list of top commercial ski fields in New Zealand and Australia that attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. Let’s have a look:
The Remarkables (NZ)
The Remarkables is popular for its high altitude, north-facing slopes and friendly atmosphere. And the best part is, from central Queenstown it takes only 40 minutes to reach there. From sufficient space for the beginners and excellent slopes to some breathtaking views, this place has something for every person. This place is one of the top commercial ski fields in New Zealand and has sealed roads, high-speed chairlift (6-seater), purpose-built base lodge, etc.
Cardrona (NZ)Cardrona is a popular location among snow lovers as it has facilities for everyone – whether it is for beginners, families or Olympic medalists. With different restaurants and cafes, apartments on, a covered conveyor to learn skiing and fully-licensed childcare centre, this place is an ideal location for skiing. It also has the most extensive terrain parks in Southern Hemisphere and most extensive lift facilities in the South Island.
Treble Cone (NZ)With only 30 minutes' drive from the beautiful Wanaka, Treble Cone gives you the actual New Zealand mountain experience. This top commercial ski field in NZ has licensed cafes, snowboard and ski rentals, accessory shop, snow sports school and medical centre. They also offer childcare for children between 3 to 6 years. They also accommodate children below 3 years if accompanied by any of the parents.
Mt Hutt (NZ)Voted as the best ski resort in New Zealand for four consecutive years (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) is some achievement! This is one of the highest and largest ski areas in the South Island and gives a breathtaking experience to the skiers and snowboarders. It takes around 90 minutes from Christchurch International Airport while 30 minutes from Methven town.
Coronet Peak (NZ)Coronet Peak is perhaps the closest mountain from Queenstown. Its exceptional high points and smooth rolling trails are something that always excites the experienced skiers and riders. But it also has a proper area for the beginners. The Snowsports School in Coronet Peak offers valuable ski lessons and programs for all age groups.
Perisher (AUS)With 3076 acres area, Perisher has the most extensive ski terrain in Australia, and is the largest resort in the Southern Hemisphere. For the beginners, this top commercial ski field in Australia has easy slopes and the flat terrain to boost the confidence. When it comes to the advanced riders, it offers steep runs in between the gum trees. In total, there are around 28 accommodation options that include hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and chalets.
Falls Creek (AUS)Falls Creek is just 217 miles from Melbourne and located in the northeastern side of Victoria. This place has one of the best snow covers among all the Victorian ski resorts. It also offers an exceptional scenic beauty of the Alpine Village. It is a fantastic place for families, beginners as well as intermediates. Falls Creek offers skiing and snowboarding lessons kids and adults. You also have the option to avail day passes or season passes (as per the requirement) and ski in, ski out accommodations at a reasonable price. This kind of place make Australia the best value place to ski.
Hotham (AUS)Hotham is located inside the Alpine National Park along with the Great Dividing Range in Victoria. This place is around 8 hours drive from Sydney while 4.5 hours from Melbourne. The Village of Mt. Hotham sits above the treeline and has several restaurants, nightlife and lodging options. The visitors also have the option to stay in Dinner Plain- an amazing alpine village that only 10km away.
Thredbo (AUS)Thredbo is one of the famous Australian commercial ski fields. It is located within the boundaries of National Park of Kosciuszko. It is considered an ideal access point for people looking for Australia’s highest point- Mt. Kosciuszko, through the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. It is known for Australia’s steepest and longest trails and its snowmaking capabilities. Thredbo contains ski in, ski out accommodations, restaurants, bars, etc. and organise numerous events and activities throughout the year for the outdoors enthusiast. Apart from skiing, it is a perfect place for mountain bikers, hiking, golf and fly-fishing.
BullerIf you are looking for the most accessible commercial ski area in Australia, Mt. Buller has to be the one. It offers the spectators stunning mountain scenery and exceptional accommodation options. With only 3 hour drive from Melbourne, this place has ski in, ski out accommodations and numerous choice for restaurants and bars. It is a large resort with around 25 lifts that offers the skiers 400 metres (1312 feet) of vertical descent. You can train yourself and become a better skier in the coming holidays.