The Snowy Mountains region is a true alpine wilderness, home to Mt Kosciuszko, the continent’s five highest peaks and its only glacial lakes. Australia’s ultimate snow sports playground offers plenty of action on and off the snowfields. Enjoy great skiing and snowboarding, and have fun snow tubing, snow shoeing and tobaganning. Off the slopes, discover vibrant towns, explore ancient caves and sample great local wines, schnapps, beers and food.
Winter in the Snowy Mountains
The colder months are a great time to create fun-filled memories with family and friends in the Snowy Mountains, where you'll find breath-taking alpine scenery and action-packed snow resorts.
Check out the area's four outstanding snow resorts - Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields and Thredbo - all located within Kosciuszko National Park. Enjoy a great range of snow activities on the snow fields, including snow tubing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, skiing and night skiing, and explore various terrain parks. New to snow sports? Book a lesson and pick up some great tips for beginners. There's plenty to do off-piste as well: enjoy the best in après ski, with cosy wine bars, fine dining and great winter shopping.
As the hub for the resorts of Charlotte Pass, Perisher and Thredbo, the township of Jindabyne is full of activity during the snow season with restaurants, nightlife, cafès and retail therapy. On the banks of Lake Eucumbene, Adaminaby is close-by to Selwyn Snowfields, home to the Big Trout and located near the incredible Yarrangobilly Caves. Talbingo is also a popular place to stay when skiing or snowboarding at Selwyn. Explore other historic towns and villages nearby such as Cooma, Dalgety, Nimmitabel and Tumbarumba.
The Snowy Mountains is a stunning backdrop for a great range of events throughout winter. Celebrate the opening of the 2015 snow season from 5 June with the Perisher Peak Festival, a four-day music event, or enjoy the entertainment at the Thredo Opening Weekend. Olympic gold medallist Torah Bright will run a Mini Shred event in Thredbo during the school holidays for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities on 5 July. Learn the latest in skiing from some of the best females in business while enjoying champagne, breakfast and lunch during the Rossignol Ladies Day in Thredbo on 5 August.
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First time to the snow? If you don't know your Nordics from your downhills, or your boots from your bindings, sign up for some lessons with a professional instructor! With a lesson beginners progress faster and build confidence to hit the big slopes in no time.
There's more to snow fun than skiing and snowboarding! Each resort has designated areas to enjoy free snow-fun and build a snowman with the kids. Try Snow tubing, tobaganning and go on a snow shoeing tour to discover more fun on the slopes.
The ski slopes at night can be just as breathtaking as during the day. Most Snowy Mountains resorts offer night skiing activities for skiers of all ages, or those simply keen to soak up the night-time atmosphere. Night skiing usually runs from 6pm - 9pm.
Explore the great terrain parks on offer at the Snowy Mountains. Develop your skiing skills and tricks at the terrain parks available at Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields, and Thredbo. Mini terrain parks are also on offer for beginner skiers.
Getting to the Snowy Mountains is easy! The region is equidistant from Sydney and Melbourne, and easily accessed by road, air and coach. Base yourself in Jindabyne and take advantage of the regular coach services between the town and the snow fields.
Snow thrills can work up quite an appetite and grand mountain vistas create the perfect backdrop for a fireside meal. Visit local wineries in Tumbarumba, one of the State's most exciting new wine regions, and sip on high quality chardonnay and pinot noir.
- Bombala Area Renowned for its inhabitants, the trout and platypus, on the Monaro Plains.
- Cooma Area The largest town in the Snowy Mountains is also the gateway to the State's alpine area.
- Jindabyne Area An adventure base camp for the Snowy Mountains, famous for its trout fishing and water sports.
- Kosciuszko National Park Alpine snow resorts and Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak, can be found here.
- Tumbarumba Area At the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the area around Tumbarumba is a pristine wilderness.
- Tumut Area The natural beauty of Tumut, heritage of Adelong, serenity of Talbingo, and taste of Batlow's apples