The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Skiing and snowboarding
Fun and thrills in the snow
Australia's longest ski runs and highest peaks are in the Snowy Mountains. From skiing and snowboarding to tobogganing and building snowmen, the snowfields in south-west NSW are great for thrills and fun. Test your skills at terrain parks and you can even try night skiing.
Skiing and snowboarding in NSW
Whether it's skiing downhill, night skiing, cross-country skiing or a day of snowboarding that's on your agenda, the NSW Snowy Mountains offer a range of winter activities to suit most interests and abilities.
Home to Australia’s longest ski runs, the country’s highest lifted point and a family friendly free snow play area, Thredbo is a ski resort with something for skiers and snowboarders of almost any ability, from absolute beginners to those with years of experience. Hosting events such as night skiing, family fun nights, and weekly fireworks and flare runs, there is plenty to see and do throughout the resort from sunrise to sunset.
The largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, Perisher comprises of four different areas - Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega. Each area offers its own individual draw cards, with Guthega presenting a warm and welcoming community, Smiggin Holes housing cross-country skiing trails, Blue Cow offering various ski runs, and Perisher Valley showcasing five terrain parks and Australia’s only Superpipe.
Selwyn Snowfields at Mount Selwyn is a small family-friendly resort ideal for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and snow tubing. Learn to ski from the family owned and operated resort’s experienced instructors or flaunt your skills on the snowfields’ progressive terrain and graded runs.
Kosciusko National Park is home to scenic and varied terrain waiting to be explored, with the option available to snow camp amongst untracked wilderness. If you don't want to stay at the main ski field resorts, you can opt for Jindabyne, located 60 kilometres from Cooma and just over 30 kilometres from Perisher and Thredbo.
Nestled in Kosciusko National Park you'll also find Charlotte's Pass, another great base for exploring the surrounding regions and ski slopes. Charlotte's Pass also contains a freestyle terrain park, night skiing options and a dedicated race course.
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, toboganning 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 help you 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.