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. Festival of the Falling Leaf

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Tumut

    Autumn in Tumut offers one of the most spectacular display of seasonal colours to be found anywhere in New South Wales. In 1954 the local headmaster, Alf Wood, introduced the idea of a festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the f…

    29 Apr
  2. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , Cooma

    The John Briscoe Memorial Art Prize is the Monaro's most prestigious art award and is sponsored by the Briscoe family in memory of their father, a prominent Monaro artist. There are a variety of categories recognising the artistic talent …

    05 May - 27 May
  3. Steampunk@Altitude

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Cooma

    A celebration of Steampunk, inspired by Victorian design and fiction, and influenced by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery, attire, architecture, and lifestyle both real and imaginary. The historic industrial setting of the Mon…

    05 May - 06 May
  4. Mothers Day at Cascades Restaurant

    Sunday 13 May 2018 , Thredbo

    Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at Cascades Restaurant. The team at Cascades Restaurant will be pulling out all the stops to make sure your mum fills special with delicious food, scenic mountain views, an extensive wine list and friendly servic…

    13 May
  5. Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends

    Friday 18 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , 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 …

    18 May - 20 May
  6. Batlow CiderFest

    Saturday 19 May 2018 , Batlow

    Batlow CiderFest is a full-on communal street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest and the best boutique ciders grown and brewed locally. Growers, producers, locals and their visitors enjoy some hard-earned down time after the lo…

    19 May