• Venture to Australia to ring in its ski season

    2012-05-18

    Ski buffs in the U.S. may be sad that this season brought little snowfall in some parts of the country, but they can head to Australia instead, as their winter is just beginning. According to Australia News, flakes have already started to fall on some of the mountains a full two months ahead of schedule, which is enticing tourists from all over the world to hit the slopes early.

    Some of the top ski resorts are opening their doors to outdoor enthusiasts that want to take advantage of the unusual weather. Some hearty travelers began skiing and snowboarding over Easter weekend, and will continue to do so in the upcoming months. At higher elevations, a few inches coated the slopes allowing skiers to experience prime conditions for cutting through the fluffy white powder. Even if temperatures stay low and no more snow accumulates, experts say that snowmakers can operate and support a long season.

    If travelers are interested in an Australia & New Zealand travel excursionsfor skiing and snowboarding, there are countless mountains to conquer and experience while abroad. Beginners may wish to gravitate toward slopes like Dinner Plain in Victoria, which boasts a lift just for newcomers to take classes and ride easy inclines, reports The Age.

    Intermediate and advanced skiers often check out Mount Hotham, located a few hours outside the city of Melbourne. More than a dozen lifts will take passengers to different parts of the craggy peaks to glide down slopes that include glades, moguls and a few jumps. Mount Hotham also holds the title as the country's ski resort with the highest elevation. Even a non-skier will have fun at this locale, as the village is full of entertainment options, culinary delights and even live music during the peak season.

    New Zealand also has its fair share of challenging and breathtaking resorts for travelers to visit. According to the Matador Network, the Queenstown area has looming snowy summits that rise over the towns and green hills for adventurous visitors to conquer. Coronet Peak is one of the most popular, especially among those who like to ski and snowboard at night. The resort illuminates the trails and also plays music through speakers along the routes.

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