Who has the best early bird season pass in Australia for 2015?

Australian ski resorts fight it out for the best early bird 2015 season pass offers. Who wins?

The battle for next year’s ski dollars starts now as Perisher, Thredbo and now Falls Creek and Hotham and Mt Buller release their early bird season pass deals luring skiers and boarders with seriously cheap skiing with added discounted extras.

We’ve outlined what you’ll get from each resort if you book now.

Be careful, some deals are better than others so read the fine print.

The Hero Pass from Falls Creek and Hotham

How much?

The pass is AU$749 for adults and $429 for children (6 to 18).  The deposit is $199 or $99 paid by October 1 2014 and balance due April 30 2015.

Sale ends?

October 1. After that season passes will be $1549.

What do you get?

Season ski pass to both Falls Creek and Hotham resorts.

Five adult or child or youth one day lift passes at 20% off the advertised full day rate

20% off full price merchandise at mountain owned retail outlets at both resorts

20% off one private lesson

20% off adult group lessons all season long

20% off adult rental packages at mountain owned retail outlets

Free night skiing

Discounted deals at partnered Merlin tourism companies including the Aquarium and Wildlife Zoos

Discounted deals at Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Snowsports in Japan

Where to buy:



Thredbo 365 Pass

How much?

The pass is $699 for adults and $399 for children (up to 18 years of age). A deposit of $99 per pass must be paid by September 15 and balance by March 31, 2015.

Sale ends?

September 15

What do you get?

Access to all open Thredbo lifts throughout the year from October 7 across all four seasons for mountain biking, hiking and skiing and snowboarding.

50% off up to five days at each of the Mountain Collective resorts – Alta, Snowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, Norquay, Mammoth, Whistler Blackcomb, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

50% off up to 21 days at each of the Mountain Collective resorts if you book through Ski Max, Travelplan, Mogul Ski World, Mysnow.com.au or Dive Fish Snow Holidays.

2 free 1 day first timer lift, lesson and rental vouchers for winter 2015

The first 1000 Thredbo 365 passes purchased during the sale period receive an Event Cinema Double Pass

Where to buy:


Perisher Freedom Season Pass

Perisher launched with a $699 early bird pass in August, it has now increased to $729 and will continue to increase as each sale period ends until it reaches the full price of $1588.

How much?

At time of print it is $729 for adults and $419 for kids up to Year 12. A deposit of $199 or $99 will secure the pass and the balance is due May 4.

Sale ends?

When the ‘chairlift’ on the Perisher web site home page meets the top station….

What do you get?

Access all lift pass for Perisher for winter 2015.

2 days free skiing in September as the pass is valid from September 15 2014 till end of the season, if you have a pass you can give these days to a friend

15% off at Perisher owned food outlets

15% off at Slopestyle Mountain Sports

Free ski and snowboard demo days

Free night skiing

50% off tube town tickets

Discounts at The Station from $79 a night

SkiTube season pass from $89

Where to buy:

Mt Buller Season Membership


How much?
$799 for adults and $449 for kids up to Year 12.


Sale ends?
November 1


What do you get?

Your 2015 Season Membership is an unlimited Mt Buller season pass, valid on all Mt Buller lifts every day of the 2015 season and new members can enjoy all the benefits of a 2015 Season Membership, including unlimited lift access for the remainder of the 2014 season.

10% discount at Ski and Snowboard School*

10% discount at all Buller Sports retail outlets*

10% discount when dining at the ABOM Café and Bar, Moosehead Bistro & Bar, Après Bar, Tirol Café, and the Black Cockatoo restaurant in the Mt Buller Chalet Hotel.

2015 Season Memberships holders will also enjoy special offers and benefits throughout the winter season.

Courchevel & Les Trois Vallees in France: 1 x 5-day adult or child FOC (free of charge) lift ticket product valid for the 2014/2015 Winter snow season.

Madarao Mountain Resort in Japan: 1 x 1-day adult or child FOC lift ticket valid any day of the 2014/2015 Winter snow season.

Genting Resort Secret Garden in China: 1 x 5-day adult or child FOC lift ticket product valid any day of the 2014/2015 Winter snow season. This is only applicable if applicant is staying at Genting Grand.

Jackson Hole in the USA: access to half price adult or child lift ticket product valid for the 2014/2015 Winter snow season.

Where to buy:


Which season pass will entice you to purchase? Would you change your regular home mountain if the competitor’s pass was better value?

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. 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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