Friday 10 June 2022 08:58 AM Snow piles up at Australia's ski fields - but most Aussies will never be able ... trends now

Friday 10 June 2022 08:58 AM Snow piles up at Australia's ski fields - but most Aussies will never be able ... trends now
Friday 10 June 2022 08:58 AM Snow piles up at Australia's ski fields - but most Aussies will never be able ... trends now

Friday 10 June 2022 08:58 AM Snow piles up at Australia's ski fields - but most Aussies will never be able ... trends now

Ski season is underway with early dumps of snow across NSW and Victorian ski fields but the cost of a trip to an alpine region has become unattainable for the average family especially as the cost of living rises. 

A weekend at the snow fields for a family of four can cost up to a whopping $5,000, and, not surprisingly, people have taken to social media to complain about the high prices.

One person noted the $1,000 price tag for two nights in Jindabyne - a village not far from the Perisher snowfields - was too expensive. 

Snowfields in Mount Buller, Victoria (pictured) where one-day lift passes ranged from $90-$184 between June and July this year

Snowfields in Mount Buller, Victoria (pictured) where one-day lift passes ranged from $90-$184 between June and July this year

Thredbo charges $109-$149 for ski equipment for a day, with the smaller Mount Selwyn charging $50

Thredbo charges $109-$149 for ski equipment for a day, with the smaller Mount Selwyn charging $50

This season a single day lift ticket pass at Perisher, NSW (pictured) will set a skier back $184, an 88 per cent increase since 2008

This season a single day lift ticket pass at Perisher, NSW (pictured) will set a skier back $184, an 88 per cent increase since 2008

Another said that a few years ago 'the average room price in Jindabyne was $250 a night', while another said 'sleeping in your car' was a viable option. 

The prices led one commenter to post that he had planned a skiing holiday with his kids, but 'the prices scared me away,' and that it had worked out cheaper to go to Japan. 

Another wrote their family received more 'bang for buck' by taking part in other sports, with ski resort costs being the main reason they 'hardly ski in Australia anymore'.

'I've gotten more into motorcycling and doing track days, which is something I can do on a monthly basis year round,' the person wrote.  

'It's not a move away from skiing, but more a recognition of bang for buck. New Zealand, Japan and a well thought out USA or European trip, every other year or so, offers far better bang for skiing buck in my opinion.'

A Sydney family of four heading to the Thredbo snowfields for two nights can expect to fork out almost $5,000 including costs of accommodation, lift passes, gear hire, and petrol for the trip. 

Two adults can expect to pay upwards of $3,300 for the same package at Thredbo.

This season one single-day lift ticket pass at Perisher will set a skier back $184, an 88 per cent increase since 2008. 

A full day lift pass at Thredbo costs between $179-$189 but a day pass in Charlotte Pass in the Snowy Mountains costs between $99-$139 for an adult. 

A one-day lift pass for snowfields in Mount Buller, Victoria, range from $90-$184 between June and July this year. 

Hiring ski equipment at Thredbo costs $109-$149 for a single day use, which include skis and poles or a snowboard, a helmet and boots from a range of brands. 

The Perisher ski resort offers ski, boot and pole hires for $96 for one day, and snowboard and boots can also be nabbed for the same price.  

Susan Daniel from the Ski Travel Company told Daily Mail Australia Aussie ski resorts are currently reporting two years' worth of rollover bookings.

The snow covered hills at Perisher ski resort (pictured) have attracted holidaymakers prepared to spend up big to make the most of the winter season

The snow covered hills at Perisher ski resort (pictured) have attracted holidaymakers prepared to spend up big to make the most of the winter season

And the consultant said the snow season's brief run in Australia is a reason why costs can be expensive. 

'It's a short season, there's only a small period of time when operators can make their

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