When people think about Australia, they think about the hot sun, beautiful beaches, Uluru or Ayers Rock, Red Desert, Kangaroos and so on. They often overlook the importance and popularity of snow skiing in Australia. Skiing and snowboarding at different NSW ski resorts and Victorian ski fields is something that attracts millions of people across the globe. The downhill skiing in Australia is extremely popular and cross country skiing in numerous ski fields is a common pastime. The popularity of skiing in Australia might not be as high as in parts of Europe and North America, but it offers great fun and unforgettable experience.
The Great Dividing Range is very old, so many mountains in that region are more rounded in comparison to the pointed peaks found in other countries. So, super steeps slopes, many cliffs and chutes are not common in the Australia ski resorts. There are many more things that you should know before planning your ski holidays. Knowing the history of skiing in Australia can help you plan your trip from a different perspective. Here’s a list of some interesting facts about the history of skiing in this part of the world.
- New South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s oldest ski fields, highest snow country, and largest resort. In 1861, Recreational skiing in Australia was started at Kiandra (NSW), when the gold miners execute their idea on the frozen hills near the town. The Kiandra Snow Shoe Club – the first and longest surviving club in the world was formed that year.
- One of the most stunning alpine locations in Australia is located at Cradle Mountain (Tasmania), where cross-country skiing is popular. Not many are aware of the fact that the Cradle Mountain comes under the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, declared in 1982 by UNESCO.
- When it comes to ski racing sport, Australia is a pioneer nation. Ski races have been conducted annually at Kiandra throughout the 19th Century. Kiandra snow shoe club (in NSW) is the oldest ski club in the world.
- In 1861, the skiing activity began in Australia at the Goldrush town of Kiandra. And the first ski tow was constructed in 1936 near Mount Buffalo (Victoria). It is one of the best places for skiing in Australia.
- Charles Anton was the founder of The Australian Alpine Club (1950). He recognised the potential of the Thredbo Valley for a resort and village, with excellent vertical terrain. With an intention to execute his planning, the construction started in 1957. Today, Thredbo possesses longest ski resort run in Australia, has 14 ski-lifts, the greatest vertical drop of 672 m and the highest lifted point at 2037 m.