With less than six weeks till the Australian and New Zealand ski seasons begin Australian resorts celebrated with the first flakes hitting the ground last weekend.
There's still time to save money with early bird ski and snowboard holiday bookings available for this year for beginners through to heli skiers in Australia and across the ditch.
In Australia, if you book and pay before May 31 with www.Skimax.com.au then you could score five nights in Thredbo from $A777 per person in a quad share two bedroom Thredbo Alpine Apartment and a five-day Thredbo ski pass. You must travel between June 10 and 25 or August 28 and October 3.
Thredbo.com.au also have the Torah Bright Beginners Pack on sale until June 10. Pay for two days of lessons, lift pass and ski rental and get the third day free.
You can save $A510.50 at Mt Buller (mtbuller.com.au) when you book the Family Fun package for two adults and two children with five nights midweek hotel accommodation, including continental breakfast daily, five-day adult Discover Lift and Lesson package and a five-day morning Child Lift & Lesson program that includes lunch. How much? From $A985 per adult and $A424 per child during off peak travel.
Falls Creek and Hotham currently have a 50 per cent off accommodation, lift, lesson and rental packages for the whole of June and most of September. Plus if you book before May 9 you can also get 10 per cent off accommodation in August. Head to www.fallscreek.com.au and www.hothamholidays.com.au
Considering skiing in New Zealand this winter? These savings will no doubt seal your deal.
HelloWorld.com.au have seven nights quad share in a two bedroom suite at The Heritage in Queenstown plus a three-day Queenstown Ski Superpass for Coronet Peak and The Remarkables and a bonus free night from $A979 per person.
Families will love the Minttours.com Queenstown Family Package from $A1080 per person for seven nights in a luxury two bedroom apartment at Scenic Suites, four-day lift passes for two adults and two children to Coronet Peak and The Remarkables plus seven days AWD car rental. Must be booked by June 30 for travel from June 18 to September 25.
If you book a five-night winter stay before May 31 at The Sherwood Queenstown (www.sherwoodqueenstown.co.nz ) between June 1 and September 30 in a premium king, queen or two bedroom apartment then you can choose from one of three complimentary experiences.
The Explorer at The Sherwood gives you two complimentary ski passes at Cardrona, Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. The Connoisseur gives you a complimentary five-course tantric dining experience for two at the chef's table and the Seeker offers complimentary daily yoga classes and a free one hour massage or two half-hour massages.
Ski Mount Hutt from $A2959 per family for seven nights with www.Skimax.com.au including two free nights and one free day car hire plus kids ski for free. The package includes seven nights at a two bedroom villa at Ski Time Lodge plus five-day Mt Hutt Lift tickets for two adults and two kids under 10 years of age and seven days 4WD car hire. Travel must be taken between June 25 and September 30.
Haka Tours are giving away a free Nitro snowboard and Ski Jacket to the first 20 customers that book a snow tour in May with a $NZ99 deposit. Choose from select dates on the seven-day South Island Snow Safari, any date on the seven-day Ultimate Heli Tour and select dates on the 12-day South Island Snow Odyssey. Book at snow.hakatours.com
Fancy going heli skiing? Well we have a deal for you. Readers of this column can received 15 per cent off all bookings with Southern Lakes Heli Ski made before June 30 for any daily heli skiing in July and September. Just quote SNOWITALL16 at time of booking with www.heliskinz.com
Check back next week when we launch the #misssnowitall Instagram competition for 2016. You could win return flights for two, accommodation and lift passes to a top North American ski destination. All will be revealed.
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