Here’s some good news for ski-lovers.

Qantas is making Australia’s snowfields more accessible this winter, launching three new flight routes to Cooma and Albury, the gateways to New South Wales’ and Victoria’s ski resorts from July 1 until September 26.

From Cooma, customers can access the popular resorts of Perisher Valley, Thredbo, and Charlotte Pass in New South Wales.

From Albury, customers can access Falls Creek and Hotham resorts in Victoria.

Flights from Sydney to Cooma are timed to allow travellers to depart after work on a Thursday or Friday and return Sunday evening, meaning a long weekend of skiing without losing time to driving.

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The flights from Brisbane will offer Queenslanders the only direct airline connection to the snowfields this season.

“We’re expecting these flights will be popular with skiers and snowboarders who might not have been able to hit the slopes through COVID last season in Australia or overseas,” says QantasLink CEO, John Gissing.

“Our new direct flights to Cooma and Albury will mean ski enthusiasts can spend less time on the road and more time on the mountain.”

Qantas’ new routes:

All flights will be operated by QantasLink’s turboprop Q400 aircraft.

Sydney to Cooma

– flights will operate three days per week.

– from $179 one-way

Brisbane to Cooma

– flights will operate two days per week

– from available from $239 one-way

Brisbane to Albury

– flights will operate two days per week

– from available from $239 one-way

Qantas Frequent Flyers can book reward seats from Sydney to Cooma for 8000 Qantas Points one-way and from Brisbane to Cooma and Albury for 12,000 Qantas Points one-way (plus taxes, fees, and carrier charges).