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Ski & Snow

Ski & Snow

There is no place better to spend your winter than in the Snowy Mountains.

The Snowy Mountains is Australia’s only true alpine wilderness and a must do for all ages.

Our snow resorts are located in the breathtaking Kosciuszko National Park which is also home to Australia’s highest peak Mt Kosciuszko. The Australian Alps are amongst some of the oldest snow covered alpine landscapes in the world and the twisted snow gums that feature during winter are spectacular. 

There are four unique ski resorts: PerisherThredboCharlotte Pass and Selywn Snow Resort where you can stay on-snow or choose to set up base at any number of nearby local towns in the Snowy Mountains region. Whether you’re a family of beginners, expert shredders or somewhere in the middle, there’s an alpine resort to suit all your skiing and snowboarding needs.

"Skiing or snowboarding isn’t the only way you can spend your snow holiday as there are plenty of winter activities you can participate in."

Skiing or snowboarding isn’t the only way you can spend your snow holiday as there are plenty of winter activities you can participate in. Snow-tubing, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, scenic chairlift rides, terrain parks, a snow-ball fight with mates perhaps, or simply enjoying the scenic beauty that is unique to the Snowy Mountains.

The Snowy Mountains region also offers plenty of things to do off-piste like mountain biking and bushwalking where you'll find lots of photo opportunities. The region is also famous for award winning cold-climate wines and there are several cosy wine bars and cellar doors featuring offerings from local vineyards, as well as Australia's only schnapps distillery. The Snowy Mountains region also has a bevy of fine dining options and farm-gates for a great culinary experience. Check each alpine resort’s websites for events, après and entertainment options.

Snow Season

The NSW Snowy Mountains snow season are typically from the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend (early June) to the NSW Labour Day Long Weekend (early October). However, this can vary due to the snow conditions. You can check weather forecasts at Weatherzone and Snowatch.

Resorts

The NSW Snowy Mountains four winter resorts offer something for everyone. Perisher is the largest resort with the most lifts, Thredbo has the longest run and a beautiful village, Charlotte Pass is only accessed by over-snow transport and is Australia's highest resort and Selwyn Snow Resort is a fun family resort and a great place to learn.

Skitube

The Skitube is the Snowy Mountain’s alpine train service that operates during the winter season (early June to early October) travelling from Bullocks Flat through Ramshead Range, into Kosciuszko National Park and onto Perisher Valley and Blue Cow Mountain. It is an true engineering feat that’s incredibly efficient and convenient; it only takes ten minutes to get to Perisher from below the designated snow-line at Bullocks Flat and a mere seven minutes further on to Blue Cow.

Skitube allows you to avoid the crowds during peak season, snowy days on the Kosciuszko Road and alleviates the need to carry chains. Simply purchase a Perisher Lift Ticket including Skitube or present your valid day or multi-day Lift Ticket, or Lift Ticket and lesson package, or season passes at the Jindabyne or Bullocks Flat ticket offices and you can purchase a discounted Skitube ticket to access the resort from Bullocks Flat to the mountain and return.

Taking Lessons

Yes, if you have never been skiing or snowboarding before you should take a lesson. Your experience and time on the slopes will be more enjoyable learning from an experienced Snowsports Instructor. If you have skied or snowboarded before, it is advisable to have a lesson to improve and develop your skills.

Where to Stay

Once you have decided which resort to visit, you then need to decide where to stay. There are many different accommodation types from budget backpackers to luxurious self contained apartments, both on-snow or in the local townships. 

What to Take

Along the way to the snow or at the resorts you can hire ski and snowboard equipment, toboggans, waterproof après boots and waterproof jackets and pants. You will need to bring a beanie, goggles or sunglasses, warm socks and gloves. Sunscreen is also a must. All can be purchased at each resort too.

Other Things to See & Do

It’s not only about skiing and snowboarding, you can - learn to snow shoe or cross-country ski, catch the Skitube Alpine Railway, take a scenic chairlift ride, ride a snow tube at select resorts, go night skiing and catch the amazing fireworks in Thredbo and Perisher, visit the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre in Cooma, visit the Adaminaby Snowy Scheme Collection, go to the movies in Cooma or Jindabyne and much more.

Plan Your Trip

To find out more visit our Plan Your Trip section.

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