Planning your trip to the snow

The first step in planning your trip to the snow is selecting a resort. The smaller snowfields, such as Selwyn Snowfields (one hours’ drive from Tumut or Cooma) or the uncrowded slopes of Charlotte Pass are ideal for first-timers and families, while skiers and snowboarders of all ages and experience levels can enjoy the variety of terrain and entertainment at Thredbo and Perisher.

From June to October, snow season is in full swing in the Snowy Mountains. Snow falls can start as early as April and as late as December, but peak season is late July and August. Whether you’re a beginner, an advanced skier or snowboarder or somewhere in the middle, there’s a resort to suit your needs. Be sure to book your accommodation, transport, ski-school lessons and childcare early, as the peak winter season makes the Snowy Mountains a popular holiday destination.

Taking in the view at Perisher - Snowy Mountains

Remember to pack insulated clothing, gloves, hats, and warm boots, as well as sunscreen and protective eyewear. If you don't own snow gear, organise the hire of skis, snowboards, snowshoes and specialised clothing before your trip. Clothes and equipment can be hired at the resorts, as well as from towns close to the snowfields, such as Jindabyne and Cooma. Consider helmets for all adults planning to ski or board; they are compulsory for kids.

Make sure you plan your travel ahead of time for getting to the Snowy Mountains. Choose to drive, or take advantage of various transport options during snow season, including buses and trains. By law, all two-wheel-drive vehicles entering the Kosciuszko Road in Kosciuszko National Park must carry snow chains in winter, unless the road signs say otherwise. All the resorts are located within the Kosciuszko National Park, and National Parks and Wildlife Service park use fees apply.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Oktoberfeast at Tumut River Brewing Co

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018 , Tumut

    The inaugural Tumut River Brewing Oktoberfest event creatively named "Oktoberfeast"! The event will see the main bar at the brewery transformed into a German style beer hall with Ciderfest founder and 110 percent Bavarian Harald Tietze as…

    21 Sep - 06 Oct
  2. Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends

    Friday 21 September 2018 to Sunday 17 February 2019 , Jindabyne

    Fill your viewfinder with stunning shots of Snowy Mountain landscapes, cascading rivers and streams, rugged countryside and majestic snowgums. Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is excited to be offering Landscape Photography Weekends with …

    21 Sep - 17 Feb
  3. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 22 September 2018 to Sunday 28 July 2019 , Tumut

    See, smell and taste a craft beer manufacturing process in action. Tumut River Brewing Co offers two brewery tour options: Tour and Tasting includes interactive tour of the brewery beginning with overview of history, brewing process an…

    22 Sep - 28 Jul
  4. Dalgety Team Penning

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Dalgety

    The Dalgety Team Penning horse riding event is run by the Dalgety Show Society on the Saturday and is an event the whole family can enjoy. The Team Penning event involves a team of four riders, three of which must cut three head of catt…

    22 Sep
  5. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 23 September 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 , Cooma

    Bredbo CWA Village Markets are held on the fourth Sunday of the month from 9am to 3pm in the Community Hall and grounds. The wide range of indoor and outdoor stalls has all manner of goods to buy. Local arts and crafts, woodwork, home wares…

    23 Sep - 25 Nov