Panoramic view of Main Range at Perisher, Snowy Mountains
Skiing and snowboarding tips for beginners
Snow season runs from early June to early October, when the snowfields of the Snowy Mountains offer excellent conditions for beginner skiers and snowboarders, as well as for the more experienced. Take advantage of great facilities at Charlotte Pass, Selwyn Snowfields, Perisher and Thredbo to learn something, challenge yourself or simply have a great time.
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.
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.
Where to go
Charlotte Pass is a great resort for beginner skiers, with good runs to learn on and less people than most major ski fields due to a limited number of guests. With no queues and crowds, you’ll soon be carving up the slopes and moving on to the more challenging runs.
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.