Australian ski fields risk driving travellers to winter wonderlands overseas as the price of lift tickets are ranked the most expensive in the world.
Of the main five ski resorts in Australia, including Victorias Falls Creek, Hotham and Mt Buller, plus Perisher and Thredbo in NSW, the adult peak season tickets costs $106 or more.
The largest ski resort in the country with 50 lifts and 1245 hectares of snowy terrain, Perisher is the most expensive of the Aussie resorts at $112 per day. Thredbo resort isn't far behind at $110 per day.
Compared to the less desirable wind swept skifields of New Zealand, Australian resorts are well-equipped with modern and fast lifts and good tracks. However it is questionable if this justifies the price, according to seasoned skier Adrian Peterson.
"Lift passes in Canada on my recent trip were only $60 a day," Mr Peterson commented.
Europe also has much lower ticket prices on the lifts, with the world's largest ski area - Les Trois Vallees in France, charging about half the price of Perisher lift passes at 49.1 Euros (approx $58).
Australian resorts do suffer from a short snow season and have the added cost of snowmaking.
"Considering our general landscape and climate of beach and sunshine, we are lucky to have snowfields at all," Mr Peterson pointed out.
Do you think our snow resorts are overpriced on lift passes?
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W