Bitter winds are blowing in from the South, the temperature has well and truly dropped, and Australians everywhere are trading their wide-brimmed hats for knitted beanies. It can only mean one thing: Winter has undoubtedly arrived.
For many of you, this means it’s time to dust off the snow boots and get ready for ski season. Here at The Collective Wine Company, however, we prefer the more ‘après’ side of skiing. So pack your thickest gloves, your funkiest knits and your favourite, Australian wines; because these are our picks for the best snow-side escapes this season.
Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania
Sure, it’s about three hours from the snowy slopes of Ben Bullen, but as we said: we’re not really in this for the skiing. Instead, we imagine hiding away in one of the secluded King Billy Suites, with a private outdoor Jacuzzi.
When that gets too cold, we’ll sprint back inside, place a few extra logs on the fire, and warm up with a glass of port, or perhaps even a Tasmanian whisky.
For those who prefer to work up a thirst before settling down with a well-earned glass of wine, then it doesn’t get much better than Burnt Hut in Mount Buller.
Perched right on the ‘Shaky Knees Run’ on the mountain, Burnt Hut is one of the few local chalets that offers a true ski-in-ski-out experience.
However, if you’re looking for us, we’ll probably be tucked away in the sunny, bay window; with a good book and a matching wine.
Looking like something straight out of Frank Gehry’s notebook, Huski in Falls Creek is stunning from every angle.
The rooms are all beautifully appointed and perfect for an exhausted skier looking for a little rest, but it’s the four bedroom penthouse which caught our attention.
With your own, private balcony overlooking the slopes, and a heated Jacuzzi for those frigid joints, the penthouse at Huski is a perfect place to set-up camp for the season.
Situated at the base of Mount Buffalo, the town of Bright is a picturesque paradise; and while it’s not known for great skiing, it does get quite a lot of snow in the middle of Winter.
Just outside of Bright, you’ll find The Buckland. It’s a secluded studio, perfect for couples to get away from it all, or for anyone looking to get away from everyone else.
Astra Lodge is one of Australia’s newest, luxury lodges, and it has already won an award for: “Australia’s Best Boutique Ski Lodge” at the World Ski Awards.
With its soft leather furnishings, heated indoor pool, grand fireplace and expansive bar (with a wine list to match); Astra Lodge may well be the perfect place for snow lovers looking to get out of the snow.
You’ll have plenty of activities to choose from, but we think the hardest decision you’ll have to make will probably be: Cabernet Sauvignon; Shiraz – or Pinot Noir?