Rachael Oakes-Ash tests out the ski fields at Ben Lomond.  Best for: Daytrippers looking for beginner and intermediate snow fun and cross-country skiers wanting to stretch the legs.

Where is it: Out-of-staters wouldn’t even know Tassie has a ski field, but it’s just one hour from Launceston and three hours from Hobart in the Ben Lomond National Park.
Total skiable area: 27 hectares.
Number of lifts: 7.
Number of runs: Ben Lomond has 12 runs divided into 35 percent beginner, 55 per cent intermediate and 10 per cent advanced. No run exceeds 400m in length or 100m in vertical drop.
Lift pass prices: Adult $50; child $30.
Why this resort has always rocked:
Ben Lomond is a boutique field with ski-in accommodation, in a national park that sits only 20km from the sea – it is possible to surf and ski in the same day. The mountain is Tasmania’s second highest and has over 80 years of skiing history.
What’s new?
* Ben Lomond is branching out into snowmaking in 2011 in the hope of creating a viable future for the snowfield. It will start with two snow guns, and relocate one of the lifts to the Big Ben lift line for a more reliable snow run.
Event of the season: The Kids Snow Fest is held annually during the first week of August, snowfall allowing.
The details: www.ben-lomond.com;
(03) 6336 5312.
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