Planning your trip to the snow

When planning a trip to the snow, selecting the right resort will be your first step. The popular resorts of Thredbo and Perisher offer skiing and snowboarding for all abilities, with varied terrain and long runs. Beginners may want to head to the smaller snowfields of Selwyn Snow Resort or Charlotte Pass, with uncrowded slopes ideal for families and first timers.

Lifts open on the June long weekend for Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass, with Selwyn Snow Resort opening later in the month. The snow season is at its peak in July and August, though you’re likely to have good snow until October, when the lifts close.

A family warming up with hot chocolates at Thredbo ski resort in the Snowy Mountains

Once you’ve selected a resort and decided when to go, the next step is booking accommodation and transport. There are a number of ways to travel to the snowy mountains, with three airports servicing the region, as well as frequent bus and train services.

If you’re driving, plan ahead and bring snow chains, as it’s a legal requirement to carry these in 2WD vehicles in Kosciuszko National Park between June and October. All visitors are required to pay fees on arrival at the park entrances.

Think about whether you want to enrol in ski school, take private lessons or book childcare during your trip, these are best booked in advance. For non-skiers and snowboarders, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy, including snowshoeing, trekking and shopping in the resorts.

A couple heading out to ski at Charlottes Pass in the Snowy Mountains

Ski clothes and equipment can be hired at the resorts, as well as from nearby towns, such as Jindabyne and Cooma. Wearing helmets while skiing and snowboarding is compulsory for kids and recommended for all.

And finally, remember to pack warm clothing, such as insulated layers, gloves, hats and waterproof boots. Bring a pair of sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes, and a high SPF sunscreen for your face - snow reflects more UV radiation than water and sunburn is common.


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    Tuesday 21 May 2019 to Sunday 26 May 2019 , 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…

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    Friday 24 May 2019 to Friday 30 August 2019 , Tumut

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    Saturday 25 May 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019 , Tumut

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    Sunday 26 May 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019 , Cooma

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    26 May - 24 Nov
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    Friday 07 June 2019 to Monday 10 June 2019 , Perisher Valley

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