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. A Riesling Feast

    Friday 22 March 2019 , Jindabyne

    Enjoy a delicious feast style four course long table dinner in Cuisine Restaurant including matching wines. Chef Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate is teaming up with Rasa and Richard from Shut the Gate Wines to bring you an entertaining…

    22 Mar
  2. Rock the Turf - Tumut

    Saturday 23 March 2019 , Tumut

    Situated alongside the beautiful Tumut River in the leafy grounds of the picturesque Racecourse, Rock The Turf is fast becoming one of the region’s premier events. With a full schedule of music from local and national artists to suit the…

    23 Mar
  3. Australian Alpine Ascent Ultra

    Saturday 23 March 2019 , Perisher Valley

    The Australian Alpine Ascent (AAA) Ultra Festival is specifically designed to be one of the world’s most gruelling challenges. The festival includes three trail runs - 12 kilometres, 25 kilometres and 50 kilometres. You’ll cross through…

    23 Mar