Want to hit the slopes while you’re in Australia?
Forewarned is forearmed - Australia is not one of the world’s best places to ski.
If you require evidence, just take note of the fact that Australia won its first ever Winter Olympics gold medal when everyone except Sydneysider Stephen Bradbury crashed in the 1000m short track speed skate final.
If you’re from Canada, the US, Europe or Japan, then you have better snow at home. If you’re from Egypt, we have better snow than you.
Furthermore, if you’re going on to New Zealand you’ll save money (and get better snow) over there.
However, if you’re either: a) living in Sydney for a while; b) learning to ski / snowboard; or c) you want an expensive way to get smashed (drunk) with ski bunnies and university students, read on!
If you’re looking for an organised ski trip / ski tour, you could use a company such as Ski Kaos, who offer day ski trips to Thredbo (500 km from Sydney).
For example, you could take a day ski trip to Thredbo in August 2009.
You’d be picked up in Sydney on the Friday night (5:50pm from Sydney’s Central Station) and get to know your group as you drive down. You’d stop in Cooma to pick up any ski hire you need. You’d arrive quite late (1:45 am) and head straight to bed (with whom is up to you).
You’d ski or board all day Saturday and Sunday (until 4:30pm) and have the choice of partying or relaxing on the Saturday night. Finally, you’d head back on the bus to Sydney on the Sunday afternoon and arrive at Central Station at 12:45 am (Monday).
The price? $219 for the accommodation and bus trips, plus $186 for a day lift pass, plus $42 (skis, poles and boot hire) or $63 (snowboard and boot hire) and an optional $39 (ski pants and ski jacket hire). Total cost: $507 plus meals and drinks for a day snowboarding trip, or $486 plus meals and drinks for a day ski trip. It’s not cheap, but it is fun.