Schussing in Australia
If you’d rather swap terrain parks and chairlifts for steep slopes, Mt Hotham in the Victorian Alps is for you. Couples who enjoy a ski vacation with a challenge will love Hotham’s natural mountain gullies, ridgelines and tree runs. Weather permitting, you can grab a ride in a snowcat and be dropped off at the resort’s boundary, and then launch down remote, backcountry terrain.
Kat Skiing Adventures are free and suit hardy snow hounds in search of powder. Later, boast about your prowess over dinner at Yama Kitchen and Bar in the Hotham Central Building – dishes include hay-roasted, Gippsland rib-eye steak and smoked Harrietville salmon. For accommodation, the stunning mountain chalets nearby at Dinner Plain is a romantic option, but if you prefer staying slopeside, check out the comfortable, Absollut Apartments.
A treatment at the Japanese-style Onsen Retreat & Spa in Dinner Plain. Once relaxed, take a Brown Brothers Sparkling Sunset Tour, which enables you to soak up the view of nearby peaks while sipping wine and indulging in gourmet treats. mthotham.com.au
For a ski-in/ski-out experience look no further than Falls Creek, situated in the Victorian Alps. If you want a luxury snow experience, head straight for QT Falls Creek, situated at the base of the main runs. The QT is the most talked-about property at the resort, featuring 42 stylish apartments (many with balcony hot tubs), a day spa, restaurant and lounge bar. Falls Creek is a great resort for skiers and snowboarders who favour long, mellow runs, with 60 per cent of terrain catering to intermediates and 17 per cent to beginners.
Couples with children will also appreciate the Snow Tube Park in the Village Bowl, as well as tobogganing options.
ALSO TRY… Ditching your skis and exploring the Alps on the back of a snowmobile. Tours take in Mt McKay and Howman’s Gap, and are a great way to explore backcountry. skifalls.com.au