Ski resorts guide: who to call, what to pay

Falls Creek.
Falls Creek. Photo: Charlie Brown

Allison Cox looks at the need-to-know details of some of Australia's top snow spots.

Selwyn Snowfields

With 11 lifts for downhill skiers and 45 kilometres of cross-country trails, Selwyn offers variety for families and those learning to ski.

Website selwynsnow.com.au.

Gate entry National park day entry $27, season pass $190.

Daily lift tickets Adults $70, children $40 (seven-15years).

Accommodation There is nowhere to stay on the mountain. Call Snowy Mountains Holiday Centre on 1800641064 or email holidays@smhc.com.au for accommodation in nearby towns.

Getting there About 40 minutes' drive from nearby towns Adaminaby (45 kilometres) or Talbingo (60 kilometres). About 5? hours' drive from Sydney.

Charlotte Pass

A snowbound resort reached only by over-snow transport from Perisher in winter. The village has ski-in and ski-out accommodation and good runs for intermediate skiers. Other activities include back-country tours, snowshoe tours and a new tube park. Lift prices have been frozen at last year's levels.

Website charlottepass.com.au.

Gate entry National park day entry $27, season pass $190.

Daily lift tickets Adults $89, children $53 (five-13years).

Accommodation Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel, phone 1800026369 or choose from several self-catering lodges (see charlottepass.com.au for a list).

Getting there Over-snow transport from Perisher to Charlotte Pass is $75 return for adults and $55 forchildren.

Mount Hotham

Victoria's highest resort with challenging runs for experienced skiers and a lively village.

Websites hotham.com.au, mthotham.com.au.

Gate entry $33.60 (private cars and four-wheel-drives) a day or $335 for season pass.

Daily lift ticket Adults $97, children $49 (six-14 years); $82 youth ticket (15-18 years).

Accommodation Hotham Holidays, phone 1800468 426, or email holidays@hotham.com.au.

Getting there About 357 kilometres, or 4? hours, from Melbourne along the Hume Freeway to Wangaratta and then via Bright and Harrietville; or via Omeo; about 746 kilometres, or nine hours, from Sydney via Albury, Yackandandah and Myrtleford. QantasLink has direct flights from Sydney to Hotham Airport for $199 one way, or fly to Albury Airport from Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and drive about 2? hours to Mount Hotham.

Dinner Plain

With one lift for beginners, 16 kilometres of cross-country trails, a day spa, restaurants and cafes, this snow village is ideal for a relaxing winter holiday. There is a regular shuttle bus to and from Mount Hotham, 12 kilometres away, and the airport is 10 kilometres away, making it easy to get there with a QantasLink flight from Sydney.

Website visitdinnerplain.com.

Gate entry None but gate fees do apply if travelling to the Mount Hotham ski area.

Daily lift tickets Adults $49, children $24 (six-14 years). No trail fees.

Accommodation Dinner Plain Central Reservations, phone 1800670019, see above website.

Getting there By car via Bright and Mount Hotham or via Omeo. By plane, QantasLink has direct flights from Sydney to Hotham Airport for $199 one way.

Falls Creek

Victoria's largest ski resort, with a variety of terrain, particularly for intermediate skiers.

Website fallscreek.com.au.

Gate entry $31 a vehicle a day, $248 for a season pass.

Daily lift tickets Adults $97, children $49 (six-14 years); $82 youth ticket (15-18 years).

Accommodation Falls Creek Reservation Centre, 1800453525, or accom@fallscreek.net.

Getting there 356 kilometres from Melbourne (4?-hour drive via Hume Freeway); 690 kilometres from Sydney (8? hours via the Hume Highway).

Mount Buller

A vibrant resort close to Melbourne with runs for all levels of skiers and boarders.

Website mtbuller.com.au.

Gate entry Day entry $34 a car, then an additional $6 a weeknight and $12 a weekend night (Friday and Saturday). A taxi from the car parks to lodges is $17 an adult, $10 a child, one way.

Daily lift tickets Adults $96 a day, children $52 (includes full-time students up to year 12).

Accommodation High Country Reservations, phone 1800285537 or email reservations@mtbuller.com.au.

Getting there About three hours' drive from Melbourne (248 kilometres) via Mansfield, about 10 hours' drive from Sydney.

Lake Mountain

Although damaged in the Marysville bushfires in February, Lake Mountain is to open this season. Ski trails have been repaired and temporary buildings have replaced those damaged in the fires. The main visitor centre was not affected and offers ski hire, ski school, a bistro and a day shelter.

Website lakemountainresort.com.au.

Gate entry $35 per vehicle on weekends, public and school holidays, $25 a day Monday to Friday.

Trail fees Adults $12, children $6.

Getting there About 120 kilometresm (two hours) from Melbourne along the Maroondah Highway, through the Yarra Valley. Fire damage on the road between Marysville and Lake Mountain has been repaired.

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