Skiing for Seniors in Australia & New Zealand

Did you know that, once you get to a certain age, you can ski for free at most ski resorts? The good news for seniors - whether you've been skiing for 50 years or are just a beginner - is that there are a bundle of fluffy white benefits for you up in the cool, clean air of the mountains.

Here is a round-up of day-pass discounts provided to seniors aged 65 and over by skifields around Australia and New Zealand. In my next post I will do something similar for kids!

[Pictures are mine and cover some highlights from a brilliant 2012 ski season.]

Mt Hotham July 2012

In summary, there are benefits for you whichever mountain you choose. You'll be able to ski for free earlier in Australia compared to the major ski areas in New Zealand, but while you're still aged 65-69, the daily lift prices will be cheaper in New Zealand.

It would definitely also be worth checking out senior season ticket prices for season-long discounts at your favourite mountain in Australia and New Zealand. These offer some great deals for those blessed with the energy and the leisure time.

Seniors also get discounts on equipment rental and lessons at Falls Creek, for example, so make sure you check with your mountain when you're booking a package. You may even get discounts at retail establishments on-mountain for food and drink, at Mt Buller, for example.

Check the websites for all the benefits. You'll never know what you may find. Like at Porters during the 2013 season there is a masters "learn to ski" package designed for those 50+ who have not skied before and want to tick it off their bucket list. The NZ$105 package includes introduction, one-day learner lift pass, equipment rental, beginner ski instruction, complimentary apres coffee or house wine, and a certificate of achievement.

Mt Buller August 2012
Happy skiing to all you seniors, and maybe I'll see you on the mountain this year!
"We've got quite a good following of regular seniors at Cheeseman - we always know that Ged and Gini are out skiing when we smell Ged's pipe smoke around the mountain!" - Mt Cheeseman Ski Area


Falls Creek - Over 70s ski for free at Falls, with seniors aged 65-69 paying half the adult price (A$55) for one-day lift passes. A once-off $3 fee is required to cover the new RFID card.

Mt Hotham - Over 70s ski for free, and seniors aged 65-69 get half-price Hotham lift passes at A$55 for a one-day pass. A once-off $3 fee is required to cover the new RFID card.

Mt Buller - Over 65s get a one-day pass for A$61, and over 70s ski for free (you will need a A$5 B-Tag).

Ohau September 2012
Perisher - Over 65s pay around 40% of full-price tickets and Perisher will announce pricing for 2013 shortly, so check the website in the next few weeks.

Thredbo - Over 65s pay A$64.

New Zealand

Rainbow - Seniors aged over 65 pay NZ$35 for a day pass.

Mt Lyford - Over 70s ski for free.

Mt Cheeseman - Over 75s ski for free. Seniors aged 65-74 pay NZ$39 for a one-day pass.

Porters - Over 75s ski for free. Seniors pay NZ$44 for a one-day pass.

Mt Hutt - Over 75s ski free. Seniors aged 65-74 pay NZ$51.

Mt Dobson - Seniors aged over 65 pay NZ$37.50 for a day pass, with over 70s skiing for free.

Mt Dobson September 2012
Roundhill - Seniors aged over 65 pay NZ$37.50 for a day pass.

Ohau - Seniors over the age of 65 years pay NZ$39.50 for an all day lift pass.

Treble Cone - Seniors aged 65-69 pay NZ$54 for a day ticket, while 70yrs and older can ski for free.

Cardrona - Over 75s ski free. Seniors aged 65-74 pay NZ$50.
"We definitely get a few - there’s even a local crew of them who call their group 'one ski in the grave'" - Treble Cone Ski Area
Coronet Peak - Over 75s ski free. Seniors aged 65-74 pay NZ$54.

The Remarkables - Over 75s ski free. Seniors aged 65-74 pay NZ$51.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous30.4.15

    we need ski trips for seniors