Selwyn Snowfelds, NSW
Located in the NSW Snowy Mountains, just over five hours’ drive from Sydney, this is the perfect place to learn to ski. And best of all, at this family owned and run ski resort, everything is cheaper, with lift passes starting from $66 per day for adults. Visit selwynsnow.com.au for information.
Mt Hutt, South Island, NZ
Less than an hour from Christchurch, the uncrowded ski slopes of Mt Hutt offer good bang for your buck with lift passes starting at $95, or you could pay $208 and get a full-day ski pass, a rental package and a two-hour group lesson for beginners. Click on nzski.com for more info.
Mt Buller, Vic
An easy three-hour drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller offers 22 lifts as well as ski-in, ski-out accommodation. Lift tickets for adults start at $120, or head to mtbuller.com.au for earlybird specials.
The alpine village of Thredbo, nestled in the heart of Kosciuszko National Park, is a six-hour drive from both Sydney and Melbourne. Budget-conscious skiers will know to stay at nearby accommodation in Jindabyne, just 35km away. Visit thredbo.com.au for its earlybird special – a one-day lift pass for $120 per adult.
Squeezed between Wanaka and Queenstown, Cardrona is a winter wonderland for kids, featuring a dedicated learning area with a ‘magic carpet’ escalator. A one-day ski pass is $103 for adults and $52 for kids. Visit cardrona.com for details of all its activities.