Victoria, Australia

View from Falls Creek snowfields, in Victoria, Australia.

Let’s not forget that while we’re enjoying hot July weather, there’s snow and skiing in the the Southern Hemisphere. Near Melbourne in southeast Australia, Victoria’s largest alpine resort, Falls Creek, features more than 1,000 acres of skiing terrain, including downhill and snowboarding, for all skill levels as well as snowshoe and cross country trails, terrain parks, and night skiing. With 90 runs and 14 lifts, there’s something for everyone. Fly or drive from Melbourne, the closest major international airport. Mt. Hotham, Australia’s highest alpine village in the Victorian Alps of the Great Dividing Range, also offers all levels of winter sports during its season from about early June through September. The village is located on the mountaintop, with 13 chair lifts, three terrain parks, and miles of cross country skiing. There’s tobogganing, dog sled tours, snow mobile rides, spas, restaurants, and bars. Perisher Ski Resort in Kosciuszko National Park offers more than 100 groomed trails along with cross-country ski trails and five terrain parks. With Vail Resorts 2019 Epic Australia Pass, skiers will have unlimited access to these ski areas. Before or after you hit the slopes, be sure to spend time in Melbourne. Take in the panorama from the Eureka Skydeck, the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit Melbourne’s museums, zoo, aquarium, and enjoy historic St. Kilda’s Pier for views of the Melbourne skyline and Port Phillip Bay.

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