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 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.
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Mount Mawson - Ski and Board in Southern Tasmania
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 Jacobs 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: