Did You Know… The 2017 Aussie and Kiwi Ski Season

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Want to know what's new for the snow and ski season this year? It’s already snowing in some of the Aussie ski resorts and it’s looking like it will be a bumber season this year. Everything you need to know about what’s new for families in Australia and New Zealand’s mountain resorts is right here.

Thredbo

Thredbo celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year, so you can expect to see plenty of celebrations. The chairlifts started running in 1957, thanks to the vision of two passionate skiers named Tony Sponar and Charles Anton, who chose Thredbo for its variety of good vertical terrain.

Celebrations include the installation of a commemorative ‘2037’ bell at the top of the highest lifted point in Australia, the top of Karel’s T-Bar, which skiers can use to announce to the whole of Thredbo Valley that they have reached the top of the Mountain.

This year Thredbo will also introduce some on mountain ‘Kids Only’ play and adventure zones around Cruiser and Friendly Flats, themed around mascots Sid Koala and Wally Wombat, a well as a new Winter Disc Golf course – just like a game of golf, but played with a flying disc.

Perisher

Recently crowned ‘Australia’s Best Ski Resort’ at the World Ski Awards in Austria, Perisher is renowned for having the best and most consistent snow in Australia. This year it’ll be even better, with new snow groomers providing perfectly groomed ‘corduroy’ trails each morning. The Skitube has also undergone a major upgrade with a $2.1 million dollar investment ensuring a smoother ride up the mountain.

If you’re planning to take the family skiing in the Northern Hemisphere later this year, it pays to invest in a Epic Australia Pass this season. For $799 you get unlimited skiing in Perisher, as well as access to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, California; Stowe Mountain in Vermont.

Falls Creek

Former ski lodge elk at Falls, , has introduced new apartment-style accommodation this year, with 2-bedroom self contained units ideal for families with a King bedroom and a bunk room for the kids as well as 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, for larger families.

All utilise Scandinavian influenced timber feature walls,  "designer" tiled bathrooms, and "burnt" cypress lined interiors to add a warmth and softness to the all hallways, new king and king single beds with  luxurious linen throughout.

Attached is elk Restaurant and bar, one of the most popular apres ski spots in the heart of Falls Creek, famous for its foot-long toastie. Last winter resort guests and mountain staff consumed more than two kilometres of Toasties at elk and an ambitious target of three kilometres is the aim of the restaurant this winter that officially opened last weekend.  Available for eat-in or take away {between 7am and 11am}

Mt Buller

New to MtBuller this year are Twilight Sessions weekend with Twilight sessions on Bourke Street and tobogganing in the Village Snowplay Park on both Saturday and Sunday, a great option for families and beginners to glearn how to ski when the slopes are less crowded. Families can arrive later (less rush and hassle), resort entry is cheaper and make an evening of it including snowplay, skiing and dinner in the village.

A lively program of afternoon entertainment including live music, films and more will make mid-winter weekends better than ever and keep the village buzzing. Reduced resort entry is available from 3pm and the car park shuttles will run until 9.30pm.

Also new to Mt Buller, ‘Snowfactory’, which can continuously produce snow 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at temperatures well above freezing. In fact, it is capable of generating up to 220 cubic metres of snow daily at up to 15 degrees Celsius.

Hotham

This ski season Hotham has introduced Hotham365, an all new, all season indoor ski/snowboard slope, so you can home your mountain skills all year round in preparation for the winter season. It’s also possibly the longest run you’ll ever experience.Half hour sessions cost $59 for up to four people, including equipment hire.

Getting to the Slopes.

NorthEast Coachlines has increased services to the Victorian mountain resorts this year, with transfers available from Melbourne, Adelaide & Sydney to Mt Buller, Hotham Alpine Resort along with Falls Creek. There are great family fares on offer plus free wi fi & usb charge points on all coaches. northeastcoachlines.com

FallsBus has also added extra transfer serviceds, offering premium coaches featuring free wi fi, usb charge points along with rest rooms onboard, with family return fares starting at $399 ex Melbourne. If you’re visiting from Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide consider their Bus’n’Bed package deals, include 4 star hotel accommodation at Melbourne Airport with transfers to Falls Creek. fallsbus.com.au

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Holly O'Sullivan
Holly O'Sullivan
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