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10 hidden gems for ski enthusiasts

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Australia

Australia is known for its deserts and tropical forests. But Victoria and New South Wales are home to several large ski destinations. The Snowy Mountains of NSW feature resorts like Thredbo, which boasts the longest runs in Australia. Victoria's Falls Creek is another popular and easily accessible resort that is open during the colder months of the year (from June through September).

Despite Australia's reputation as a warm continent, Falls Creek sees more than 10 feet of snow annually. There are also backcountry skiing opportunities in the Snowy Mountains and in the alps of Tasmania.