New South Wales
Wilderness Sports handle lessons and equipment hire at Perisher Blue, the only spot in NSW where groomed cross-country ski trails are provided and maintained. The resort features upwards of 100km of marked trails catering to all ability levels. Call (02) 6456 2966 for more info, or check out www.wildernesssports.com.au.
Falls Creek boasts arguably Australia’s premier selection of groomed and marked cross-country trails – around 70 kms worth – and of course hosts the world famous Kangaroo Hoppet on the last Saturday of each August. Lessons and equipment hire are handled by Falls Creek Nordic Hire [(03) 5758 3408] and Falls Creek Snowsports School [(03) 5758 3331]. Check out www.fallscreek.com.au for more details.
Mount Stirling is a great choice for discerning cross-country skiers, with around 60 kms of well-maintained trails. And because it’s 250 kms north-east of Melbourne, it’s also pretty attractive to visitors from southern NSW wishing to drop across the border. Call The Stirling Experience [(03) 5777 3541] for bookings and lessons, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Mountain is, at only a 2.5 hour drive, Melbourne’s closest Alpine and Nordic ski resort, with 37 kms of cross-country trails. Call (03) 5957 7210 or (03) 5957 7222 for more info, or email email@example.com. First things first though – do yourself a favour and check out www.lakemountainresort.com.au. The thoroughness and helpfulness of this website really must be seen to be believed.
Mount Hotham features around 15 kms of cross-country trails, situated at nearby Dinner Plain. Equipment hire and lessons are handled by Molony’s [(03) 5159 6450]. Check out www.skidinnerplain.com.au for more info.
Mount Buller is adjacent to Mount Stirling and offers up around nine kilometres of cross-country trails, with all lessons and equipment hire handled by the Mount Buller Snowsports School [(03) 5777 6077]. Check out www.mtbuller.com.au for more info.