The allure of the mountains is hard to resist - the fresh air, the stunning alpine scenery. Plus there is that amazingly exhausted feeling of relaxing after a day on the slopes.
Here are some the top spots to seek out a snowy adventure close to home.
This is a massive resort. With 3076 acres and 47 lifts there is something for everyone here. It has four areas - Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega and caters for beginners right through to advanced skiers.
As an added bonus for year-round ski bunnies, Perisher is part of the Epic Group, meaning you can score an annual pass to ski not only here in Australia but take your pick of Hakuba in Japan, Breckenridge or Park City over in the states and Whistler in Canada too - all on the one ticket.
Thredbo Alpine Village is probably as close to a European ski town we get here in Oz. Thredbo offers a huge choice of accommodation, restaurants and activities right beside a ski mountain offering Australia's longest ski runs.
Friday Flat is the perfect spot to start if you have never strapped on a pair of skis before.
This is Victoria’s biggest ski resort and it is a winter wonderland with 15 lifts, four terrain parks and 92 runs. It is also great because most of the accommodation here is ski-in and ski-out – no carrying skis here.
Falls Creek is also the official training base for the Australian national cross-country team so if downhill isn't your thing, perhaps a good spot to give this sport a try!
Perched on top of a ridge, Hotham has spectacular views every direction you look. There are 13 lifts and the four terrain parks keep kids who love jumping off and sliding down obstacles more than happy.
Only three hours from Melbourne, Mt Buller is a popular ski spots. From the tree runs off Wombat to the glorious views from The Summit, the terrain is magnificent.
Skiing on the South Island of NZ is a little different to Aussie adventures. On-mountain accommodation is very rare so staying in the towns is generally your only option.
On the up-side, generally the ski resorts in New Zealand have better advanced terrain, more snowfall, and the mountains are a little higher and further south than the Australian resorts, so the snow is more likely to stay in reasonable shape.
While there aren't many on-mountain accommodation options, the beauty of Queenstown is the easy access to THREE mountains. Have a long weekend and visit Cardrona, Coronet Peak AND The Remarkables and see what this part of the world has to offer.
The drive to Coronet Peak from Queenstown is a safe 25-minute run on bitumen roads, making it the easiest to reach. Plus the weekend night skiing, party atmosphere and apres-ski are just as impressive as the slopes.
Enjoy the sunshine on the north-facing slopes of The Remarkables - a 40-minute drive from Queenstown. Renovations in 2014 brought in a brand new six-seat high-speed detachable chairlift, meaning less time in queues and more time skiing!
Cardrona is located between Wanaka and Queenstown in the Southern Alps with the ski area above the tree line. Cardrona boasts the only beginner trail in New Zealand that runs along the mountain's peak. Beginners literally feel on top of the world with breathtaking views from Lake Wanaka to Queenstown.
When you are not on the mountain, there are more than 100 restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from in Queenstown. There are also more off-mountain activities to choose from than any other ski resort — with over 200 off-mountain activities to try.
Away from the bustle of Queenstown is picturesque Wanaka. Cardrona is easily accessible from here but so is Treble Cone.
This is the largest ski area on the South Island with four lifts and two terrain parks and it offers the longest vertical in the Southern Lakes.
For those new to snow sports, Treble Cone has a FREE beginner surface lift and un-crowded slope, located alongside the comforts of the Base Lodge and Cafe.
Hot chocolate anyone?