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Welcome to WSTD its a Wine and Ski Travel Directory (basically useful tips on how to find and visit the best resorts and wineries around the globe) and its a streaming TV show about Wine and Skiing, Travel, Eating and Drinking – basically it’s about having fun with friends.  Join hosts Rog & Crispy and the team of Angie Baby, Callum, Dom the Rocket and other friends as we tour to resorts around the world and visit some delicious wineries along the way. Please have patience as we are building the directory up day by day.

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Australia

SKI AUSTRALIA
There are five main ski resort area’s in Australia with a few minor additional ski mountains.  The major resorts are all clustered in the Alpine National Park which runs close to the border between states, New South Wales and Victoria.  There are a few other places where it is possible to ski however they are more suited to cross country skiers, with often sparse and unpredictable snow cover.

1. Mt Buller, Victoria

Mt Buller is the closest Australian Ski Resort to a capital city, (approximately 3 hours from Melbourne) which makes it often the busiest ski resort with learners, day trippers and regulars all competing for resources.  There is a network of 22 lifts that take people all over the mountain.  There are plenty of people who love going to Buller for its party atmosphere and when the snow is good, there is a range of exceptional terrain to explore, including a number of challenging double black runs. 

When the snow doesn’t fall, snow making is extensive with 81 Snow Guns and now two snow factories capable of making snow at 15c.

The Downside of Buller is Bourke Street, the main run where on a fine day thousands of beginners choke the main run into the village, the 6 seater chair that lifts from the bottom can have massive queues which means the keen skiers will avoid the area and therefore the village all day.  On the upside there are some great places to eat on the mountain Koflers and Tyrol in particular serve great food and on a nice day you can sit outside.

You do need to buy a park pass for entry to Mt Buller entry is ~$50 per car per night.  If you are staying in the village you can drive up to drop off your gear then return to park your car in the overnight carpark.

There is also cheaper accomodation in Mansfield (45 minutes drive), and Merrijig (30 mins drive).

Elevation: 1805m (peak) 1,375m (village) 
Size of Resort: 300 hectares
Number of lifts: 22
Number of runs: 25
Terrain: 30% Black, 45% Blue, 25% Green
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Snowmaking: 74 hectares. 81 Guns
Daily Lift Ticket: $68-$163 (2020 list price)

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2. Falls Creek

Falls Creek has a lovely village atmosphere, the resort accomodation sits above the snow line at XXXX meters and you can (when the snow is willing) ski from your door to the lifts and from the lifts to your door.  It also has some of the most sophisticated Apres Ski venues and accomodation compared to any other Australian resorts.

Access to Falls Creek by road from Myrtleford and via Mt Beauty (you do need to purchase park access ~$50 per car per night,  before you drive in) takes about 4.5 hours from Melbourne, when you arrive you need to unload your car at the Oversnow Terminal and pay for a ticket (~$45 per person return) upto your accomodation.

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3 Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham is considered by many (mostly Victorians) the most challenging mountain in Australia famed for its double black runs (Mary’s Slide, Gotcha Ridge and Spargo’s).  Hotham village sits on top of the mountain and you ski down into the valley.  This is good if you are staying out of the mountain as you can drive up park your car and ski to the bottom with out waiting on a lift.  Like Falls Creek, Mt Hotham is about 4.5 hours from Melbourne and you also need to purchase your park access before you arrive (~$50 per car per night).

Elevation: 2,037 (top), 1,365 (village)
Size of Resort: 480 Ha (skiable area)
Number of lifts: 14
Number of runs: 50>
Longest run: 5km (Village Trail)
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4. Thredbo (NSW)

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5. Perisher (NSW)

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