A man is snowboarding, with white snow covering Ben Lomond.
Snow boarding, Ben Lomond (photograph: Dan Broun)

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Safety alert: Ben Lomond - chains required
Applies from 6/6/2022


The Ben Lomond 2022 season has begun. 

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania would like to take this opportunity to remind visitors that there is a requirement for all vehicles to carry snow chains if they wish to travel past the lower car park on the Ben Lomond Road.

Chains are not available on the mountain and will need to be purchased or hired from car accessory retail stores prior to leaving a major retail centre.

Information on road conditions on the mountain is available by calling 0429 646 557. 

For more information on Ben Lomond National Park, including important know before you go information please visit Ben Lomond National Park | Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania

For information on the commercial shuffle bus service from the lower car park, please visit the operator's website at Ben Lomond Snow Sports - (tasmania.ski)

Last reviewed 3/8/2022 12:25 PM


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​​​Though not widely known for its snow sports, Tasmania has two ski fields operating over the winter months.  Mount Mawson, located at Mount Field National Park in the south, and Ben Lomond in the north.

Mount M​awson

Mount Mawson is a small ski field that is staffed entirely by volunteers.  While it has basic facilities, its location provides an expansive view of the south-west and surrounds. Located approximately 1 ½ hour’s drive from Hobart, Mount Mawson is an excellent choice for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snow play.  

For more information:

​Mount Mawson - Ski and Board in Southern Tasmania

​Ben Lomond

Ben Lomond National Park is located approximately an hour’s drive outside of Launceston.  At the foot of the ski slopes is the alpine village, which offers food, accommodation, ski lifts, ski lessons and equipment hire.  Ben Lomond is the perfect place ​to take the family, with skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing all on offer.​

​​​​​​​​​To reach the summit, visitors must first climb Jacob​s Ladder; a steep and narrow section of road.  Snow chains must be carried between June and September - they are not available on the mountain, but can be rented or purchased from outlets in major centres. Anti-freeze is also recommended.​ 

Walking up Jacobs Ladder (the road) is not permitted for safety reasons.

​Daily road conditions available during ski season via contacting 0429 646 557.​​

Please note visitors use the road at their own risk, and the PWS is not responsible for visitors who ignore the requirements to fit or carry snow chains. Unfortunately, due to liability and occupational health and safety issues, the PWS will not assist in vehicle recovery activities except under an emergency situation.

​​During the ski season, a transport service ​​from the Ben Lomond lower carpark is operated by Ben Lomond Snow Sports, a private operator. To check whether they are running contact 0487 140 248. 

Due to a fire that destroyed the main public shelter at Ben Lomond in 2018, temporary facilities have been installed. These are located within the main village area and contain toilets, hand basins and a heated shelter area. ​​

​​​Please refer to the following websites for more information: