The ultimate east coast road trip for the end of the ski-season

The ski season isn't over! Hit the slopes with this epic road trip.

Even though winter 2017 has officially ended, there's still time left in the ski season to get out there and hit the slopes. That's why we've prepared this epic road trip for the mad dogs among you that want to hit seven ski resorts in a row before the snow melts.

So book your car hire in Canberra to kick off this ultimate east coast road trip.

1) Selwyn Snow Resort (NSW)

Starting in Canberra's city centre, you have a couple of options for making your way to the first stop. The quickest is the one that heads south on Monaro Highway/B23.

Located in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains, the Selwyn Snow Resort is a good place to begin your skiing road trip as it's a good place to learn to ski! As a family owned and operated ski resort, they have a nice spread of beginner, intermediate and master slopes to test out.

You can count on great snow conditions too – 80 per cent of the skiable terrain is covered by their snowmaking system.

2) Perisher Ski Resort (NSW)

Next up is Perisher Ski Resort. Head north until you get to Snowy Mountains highway/B72 where you'll then turn and head south.

Head to the Skitube Perisher Station. This is a train that can take you up to the resort, saving you the need to drive on the unsealed road up to the resort.

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Perisher is the largest snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere. It also boasts a number of other impressive stats; the highest terrain, the greatest number of lifts and the most reliable snow in the country.

3) Charlotte Pass (NSW)

A small trip down the road will take you to Charlotte Pass Ski Resort. Depending on the road conditions, you may be unable to drive this section yourself. If it's snowed over, you can get transport to the resort via the Charlotte Pass Guest Services office in Perisher Valley.

As the highest ski resort in Australia at 1,765 metres, Charlotte Pass gets some of the most consistent snow in the country. Combine that with the classic "Onesie Wednesday", where you can ride the slopes in your favourite onesie, this is a ski resort you won't want to miss.

4) Thredbo (NSW)

To get to the next stop, you'll have to do a bit of backtracking. Head back along Kosciuszko Road until you can turn left onto Alpine Way.

Thredbo features the country's longest runs and features some of its highest ski mountains. It also has the advantage of being set above a vibrant and exciting village that sits at the base of the mountain. There you'll find a plethora of restaurants, accommodation and retail shops.

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Thredbo also harbours a strong environmental ethic. They are currently moving toward operating in ways that don't harm the environment, including resource conservation, renewable energy use and lowering emissions.

5) Falls Creek (VIC)

This is where the road trip passes over state lines. Continue west along Alpine Way until you cross the Murray River into Victoria and the road becomes the Murray Valley Highway.

Along with the usual ski resort elements, a highlight of Falls Creek is the ski-in ski-out village. With no cars about, you're free to explore the hilly streets and visit the various bars and restaurants.

6) Arlberg Hotham (VIC)

From Falls Creek, head north on Bogong High Plains road to reach Arlberg Hotham.

Found on Mount Hotham, Arlberg Hotham is located near the main Village Quad Chair-lift in Hotham Central. From there, you'll be able to access a number of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs.

For the beer lovers out there, you'll be pleased to hear that Alberg has its own brewery! They produce a range of craft beers, including Arlberg Golden Ale, Whiteout Pale Ale, Bluebird Larger. They also do an apple cider, available in the form of an old faithful stubbie.

7) Mount Buller (VIC)

Head west along Great Alpine road and follow it until turning left onto Snow Road.

Mount Buller has more than 300 hectares of skiable terrain, with enough variety in difficulty and length to cater for all skill levels. They also have the largest lift network in Victoria, with 22 of the motorised marvels getting you to where you want to ski. For something a little different, they also have two toboggan parks for the kids, complete with snowmaking machines.

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The village has more than 30 bars and restaurants, some just ready to serve you a quick snack, others providing a quality, fine dining experience.

Phew! Anybody who can complete a trip of that proportion is one heck of a legend. If you need more information about how to book a rental car for your next roadie, get in touch with the team at East Coast Car Rentals today.

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Chester is a foodie and loves to explore the great land of Australia. He is currently blogging for East Coast Car Rentals.

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