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BEST FAMILY SKI RESORT

1Perisher

The Southern Hemisphere’s largest alpine resort sits within the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. The varied terrain across the four resort areas are perfect for all ages and abilities making it a favourite ski and snowboarding destination for families.

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2Thredbo

=3Falls Creek

Celebrating its 60th season last season, this Snowy Mountains resort has plenty to off er both on and off the slopes. Home to Australia’s longest runs, a variety of terrain, big vertical and a buzzing village – along with year-long events – Thredbo is packed with excitement for the whole family.

Falls Creek has 450 hectares of skiable terrain making it the largest of any resort in Victoria. The runs are known as being “progression perfect” allowing shredders to develop their skills on the slopes, with a range of programs developed for children. Off the slopes, there is also a multitude of programs specifi cally for kids such as tobogganing, snow tube park and kids’ snowmobiles.

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=3Mt Hotham

4Mt Buller

With family-friendly dining options, a Kids’ Snowzone and snow sports school, and Harry the Snowdragon, children are spoilt for choice at Mount Hotham. The resort has made a huge $4.5 million investment in snowguns to ensure there is plenty of the white stuff for all ages and all abilities to enjoy.

With the largest lift network in Victoria, Mt Buller has 22 lifts serving the varied terrain. With a record-breaking amount of snow last season thanks to its $1.6 million TechnoAlpin SF220 Snow Factory investment, this season the resort is unveiling the first SnowSat system in Australia producing even better skiing conditions.

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=5Mt Baw Baw

The family owned and operated ski resort in the Snowy Mountains, has a strong focus on family and friends with its progressive terrain, and slopes ranging from beginner to advanced. With a ski school for children three and up, and snow-making facilities ensuring slopes are always in prime condition, this is resort for first-time shredders.

Melbourne’s closest ski resort offers affordable and safe experiences on the slopes all winter and a range of outdoor adventures year-long. With its warm village feel and sheltered slopes, this is the perfect place for first-timers or for those wishing to fine tune their skills.

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READERS' CHOICE

1Perisher

Australia’s most popular ski resort and the southern hemisphere’s largest has plenty of on- and off-snow activities for the whole family. Having announced a $4.2 million investment in new chairlifts and snowmaking facilities, this family favourite will have even better conditions come 2019.

2Thredbo

3Mt Buller

4Falls Creek

5Mt Hotham

EXPERT PICKS

Best for beginners

1Thredbo

After launching its special kids-only play and adventure zone last season, Thredbo has even more to offer for beginners. The dedicated beginners zone offers gentle slopes, and lessons for first-timers, while $5 access to the Leisure Centre pool soothes sore muscles, making Thredbo a top-pick for first-timers.

2Mt Buller

=3Perisher

=3Mt Baw Baw

=3Selwyn Snow Resort

Best for advanced families

1Mt Hotham

Mount Hotham offers Ski Masterclasses to enable families to reach their peak and fine tune their skills on the slopes guided by Hotham’s elite coaches. With 320 hectares of skiable terrain, including three terrain parks, accessible from 13 lifts; advanced skiers have plenty of choice when tackling the slopes.

2Thredbo

3Perisher

Best for all-round family activities

1Falls Creek

Start your day off at Snonuts for an incredible doughnut concoction, then strap on your snowshoes and go for a scenic tour through the forest, fly overhead on a heli scenic tour, break out the toboggan or let the kids zip around on snowmobiles. Falls Creek is full of activities for the whole family, including the kid-friendly Street Party held every Tuesday afternoon.

2Thredbo

3Mt Buller

Best village

1Thredbo

Just 2.5 hours from Canberra and easily accessible by car, bus or plane, located in the Kosciusko National Park, Thredbo is open all year. The bustling village is full of restaurants, cafes and shops and transforms by night with live music, action and sites.

2Falls Creek

3Mt Buller

Best freestyle resort

1Perisher

Perisher is full of freestyle facilities, with its seven terrain parks, Australia’s only halfpipe catering for all abilities, and a mini pipe for the kids. Perisher CEO Peter Bruslisauer says Perisher’s PlayStation Terrain Park is one of the best in the world and is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier slopestyle park.

2Mt Hotham

3Mt Buller



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