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Skiing and snowboarding tips for beginners


Where to begin?

The snowfields at the Snowy Mountains offer excellent conditions and runs for beginner skiers and snowboarders. Take advantage of great beginner facilities at Charlotte Pass, Selwyn Snowfields, Perisher and Thredbo.

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Tips for beginners

Skiing for the first time

Plan ahead before you hit the slopes for the first time. Are you planning a day trip, or staying longer and need to book accommodation? Will you buy, borrow or hire snow gear? Hiring is the best option for first timers and all snow resorts offer ski hire options. Get organised before you head off so you can save all your time for the slopes.

Where to go

Family-friendly Selwyn Snowfields is an excellent resort option for beginners to hone their ski skills. Start off at New Chum Bowl to practise safely until youre ready to test your skills on the intermediate runs at Township Trails.

Perisher and its surrounding villages make up the southern hemisphere's biggest alpine resort. Perisher's Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes snowfields offer ideal conditions for beginners.

At Thredbo, beginners can feel at ease on Friday Flat. The beginners' zone features a 'first timer' only area, as well as a Wonder Carpet that transports skiiers to the top of a ski run with a mild slope.

Book in ski lessons

Hit the slopes with confidence under the direction of an experienced guide. Ski and snowboarding instructors will arm you with the invaluable tips you need to get you going. All resorts have their own snow schools which offer group lessons. Private lessons are also available at some resorts. Lessons are popular, so book ahead of time, especially if youre on the mountain over the weekend.

  • Planning a trip to the snow

    Crisp mountain air, beautiful alpine villages, and a great range of activities make a fun-filled winter trip to the Snowy Mountains for all ages. Choose the best resort for your stay, find out how to get there, and plan your trip to the snow today!

  • Après ski and other activities

    Enjoy après ski at its best in the Snowy Mountains: cosy wine bars, fine dining and hot chocolate by the fireplace. Take advantage of superb winter resort shopping, and catch a great range of winter events that are fun for all the family.

  • Nature

    The rugged wilderness and striking mountain peaks of the Snowy Mountains are truly spectacular. Explore Kosciuszko National Park and discover breathtaking views of the valleys and ranges that make up this unique ecosystem.

Geehi Horse Riders, Snowy Mountains. Image: Murray Vanderveer
Yarrangobilly Caves, Snowy Mountains. Image: Murray Vanderveer