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. Truffle hunting and dining

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Monday 27 August 2018 , Cooma

    Situated eight kilometres from the village of Bredbo in the Snowy Monaro region, Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines offers you the chance to explore the hidden delights of the Perigord black truffle. Come and join the team at Macenmist wher…

    24 Jun - 27 Aug
  2. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 24 June 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…

    24 Jun - 25 Nov
  3. Thredbo Snow Series: Rail Jam

    Friday 29 June 2018 , Thredbo

    The Thredbo Snow Series is back. With a tonne of cash and prizes as well as the overall Snow Series title, there is a category for everyone. First stop, the Rails event at the new location of Cruiser Terrain Park. Grab your skis or snowboar…

    29 Jun
  4. First Tracks at Perisher

    Sunday 01 July 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Perisher Valley

    First Tracks Mornings are a special Perisher experience, offering a limited number of resort guests the chance to access a selected area in beautiful Blue Cow riding the Ridge Quad chairlift before anyone else. First Tracks will run from Ju…

    01 Jul - 30 Sep
  5. Truffle Hunt - Inspiration

    Sunday 01 July 2018 to Saturday 25 August 2018 , Cooma

    From start to finish immerse yourself in hours of black truffles during this inspirational All Day event. After a brisk start to the morning harvesting truffle with the truffle dogs Fahren and Tawdiffu you return to the truffle barn where t…

    01 Jul - 25 Aug