Ben Lomond is considered Tasmania’s Aspen – well, not quite, but it is the most reliable of the state's ski options. Snow coverage can be patchy, but the ski season generally runs from early July to late September. Three 'snow guns' top up the natural snow. Full-day ski-lift passes cost $70/50/30 per adult/teenager/child, while half-day passes cost $45/35/20. Under-sevens ride free. There are three T-bars and four Poma lifts. For snow reports and cams, see www.benlomond.org.au.
Ben Lomond Snow Sports runs a kiosk selling takeaway food and a shop doing ski, snowboard and toboggan rental, and associated gear. Skis, boots, poles and a lesson cost $90/70 per adult/child; just skis, boots and poles cost $65/45. Toboggan hire costs $15.
National park entry fees apply; buy your pass at self-registration booths at the park (cash only) or online.
The park is magnificent in summer, with great bushwalking and a riot of alpine flowers. It’s a two-hour walk each way to Legges Tor from Carr Villa, about halfway up the mountain. You can also climb to the top along marked tracks from the alpine village on the plateau, which takes about 30 minutes each way.
If you’re happy to go off track, you can walk across the plateau in almost any direction. This is easy enough in fine weather, but not recommended without complete visibility. Unless you’re well equipped, walking south of the ski village isn’t advised. All walkers and cross-country skiers should sign in at the self-registration booth at the alpine village.