Australia Day at a ski resort near you

    Australians love to ski and snowboard and we’re the number one international inbound market to the majority of USA and Canadian ski resorts as well as Japan. So it’s no surprise that those resorts are throwing their own Australia Day parties on January 26.

    Big White

    If you’re in Big White on Australia Day then you can ski and board down the famous Kangaroo run with Big White’s favorite kangaroo, Boomer, at 10am and score yourself some free Tim Tams for all those dressed in their best Aussie gear.

    Bunnings will have nothing on the sausage sizzle at Big White at the bottom of the Ridge Rocket Express Quad from 11am to 1pm with Aussie muzak and loads of prizes.

    Check out their Aussie Day website for more Aussie celebrations.



    Aspen loves Aussies and Aussies love Aspen with all four mountains, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass all hosting Australia Day festivities. The Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain will open an hour early at 8.00am with free Vegemite toast on offer until 9.00am.

    All four mountain bases will have Tim Tams, Aussie flags and Aussie tunes. Highland Bowl will raise the Australian flag at 11 675 feet above sea level and Aussie inspired road signs will feature across mountain trails.

    Taste buds will be tingling with participating on-mountain restaurants featuring BBQs including sausage sizzles, Snags & Beer lunch specials, and Aussie Burgers with beetroot and fried eggs. Joey, Aspen Snowmass’ skiing kangaroo, will be on the slopes with the Aspen Gondola Plaza serving Lamingtons between 3 – 4 pm and the Aussie Day Closing Festivities will be held at Chair 9 at The Little Nell.

    Jackson Hole

    It’s free beer for Aussies at Jackson Hole from 4pm to 6pm at the events tent with Aussie inspired appetizers, custom Jackson Hole stickers, Aussie tunes from the DJ and lots more. Check out the Jackson event last year on this link to get pumped up for this year.




    More free beer for Aussies (I’m beginning to sense a theme here) at Vail.

    In Vail, it will be hard to miss the Australian flags and inflatable kangaroos adorning Sarge’s Deck at the Mid-Vail Restaurant. A DJ will be spinning tunes all arvo (11AM – 2PM) long; and for Australia Day only, Aussie food favorites will be served as part of a limited edition menu: meat pies, sausage sandwiches (with grilled onions), Aussie burgers (complete with a fried egg and a slice pineapple) and potato wedges with sour cream and chili sauce; in addition to everyone’s favorite chocolate biccies, Tim Tams.

    Vail will be shouting beer for anyone 21years+ with a valid Australian ID. There will be stickers for the kids to help celebrate, and don’t miss out on a great giveaway for the most patriotically dressed attendee.


    Steamboat know the way to an Aussies heart is through our Tim Tams so expect plenty of these favorites on the mountain and spot the Aussie flag raised on mountain.

    Park City

    Park City will be lighting up both of their base areas for Australia Day with après music thumping from 2:30-4:30PM. There will be giveaways and Aussie stickers. The Umbrella Bar will be serving up sausage sangers and fish ‘n’ chips and head to Legacy Lodge for meat pies and lamingtons.

    Off mountain the crew at Five 5eeds next to The Market will be serving up the best meat pies in town, house made short rib beef pies on a bed of mushy peas as curated by chef Christopher Conville.

    Where are you skiing and celebrating Australia Day overseas?

    Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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