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.
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.