Australia/New Zealand

Best Time to Go: Similar to South America, ski resorts in this region are generally open from June to October. The bookend months of June and October are good for minimal crowds and better prices on lift tickets and accommodations, but of course you risk missing out on the best quality snow and powder from the middle of the season.

The biggest ski area in the Southern Hemisphere, Perisher has a plethora of options for families of all sizes and skill levels. With seven different mountain peaks that can be accessed by 47 lifts, there is 3,076 acres of skiable area at the resort and 1,165 ft of vertical. Most of the terrain is of the intermediate level, making it ideal for skiers who don’t need extreme terrain to have a good time.

Perisher also features five terrain parks and a super-pipe for the freestyle riders in the crew. While they may not get dumped on with regularity, Perisher gets the most reliable snowfall of the resorts in the Oceania region, and is among the most well-maintained in the world. Perisher gets high marks for its accommodations as well, made up of four connected villages that offer world-class resort amenities.

Honorable Mention: Treble Cone (New Zealand), Coronet Peak (New Zealand)

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