Less crowds, thinner slopes: Australia’s quieter ski areas

Great snow dumps have been a boon to Australia’s much-anticipated reopening of winter resorts, including some lesser-known ski fields.

These low-key achievers are where skiers and snowboarders enjoy shorter queues, thinner slopes, and a cheaper day out.

They are small, affordable, and still offer tons of value.

Here’s our pick of hidden snow gems in Australia:

Dinner Plain, Victoria

A must for families, Dinner Plain’s Cobungra Platter Slope is 100 meters long and perfect for tobogganing. During school holidays and on weekends, the slopes are free and open daily from 1.30pm-4.30pm.

Skiers and boarders can use 150 meters of the green Cobungra Platter Slope from 9am to 3pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on weekends and school holidays. Lift tickets for adults cost $74 and $41 for children for one day.

More information: Visitdinnerplain.com.au

Less crowds, thinner slopes: Australia's quieter ski areas

Charlotte Pass Snow Resort, NSWA

The Charlotte Pass Snow Resort features 10 miles of slopes and four lifts in the scenic Perisher Valley.

For something a little different, try the snowshoe tours – a guided hike through the resort with a picnic lunch overlooking the main mountain range. Try skiing or snowboarding under the stars on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6-8pm.

One-day lift tickets are $99.

More information: Charlottepass.com.au

Most smaller ski areas offer ski schools and equipment rental. Photo: Getty Images.

Ben Lomond Snowsports, Tasmania

Located on Tasmania’s second highest peak, just an hour’s drive from Launceston, Ben Lomond Snowsports has something for everyone: four miles of pistes, seven lifts, a snow playground, equipment hire, and a cafe serving hot food and drink is done.

One-day ski pass costs $89 for adults, $66 for 12-16-year-olds, $49 for six-11-year-olds, and free for two to five-year-olds.

More information: Tasmania. ski

Corin Forest, ACT

The kids are sure to love Corin Forest Mountain Resort. There’s a snow playground for tobogganing, snowball fights, and snowman building, a snow sports school for ages eight and up, and a 1.2-kilometer metal toboggan run through the Mountain Ash forest.

The rolling terrain of the only short run, Corin Forest (which is accessible to a traveler), makes it perfect for beginners.

Rental equipment is available there, and three-hour lift passes cost $50.

More information: Corin.com.au

Mount Baw Baw, Victoria

Drive 2.5 hours east of Melbourne, and you will find the picturesque Mount Baw Baw.

It is known for its great affordability for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snow games. It has a variety of slopes spread over 35 acres, with seven lifts.

An interesting point of difference is Mount Baw Baw’s Dingo Resource Center, where visitors can book dingo snowshoe walks or cuddle sessions.

One day adult ski pass $55, child $40.

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