Selecting a Snowy Mountains resort

The Snowy Mountains has resorts to suit all abilities. Whether it’s your first time on a snowboard or you’re an expert skier, you'll find slopes to suit your experience level. There are three resorts to choose from in New South Wales - Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass.

Perisher and the surrounding snowfields make up the southern hemisphere's largest alpine resort. Offering 47 lifts across seven mountain peaks and a skiable area of 1,245 hectares, there are runs to suit all levels. The resort features five terrain parks, two half-pipes, and more than 100km of marked cross-country trails. Off the slopes, there is a wide variety of accommodation and dining options, along with apres-ski fun.

A woman enjoying a swim at Perisher's only heated pool in the Marritz Hotel

Thredbo has over 50 runs, including the longest ski run in mainland Australia. The resort also lays claim to the highest lifted point, at 2037m AHD. Throughout the season Thredbo hosts a variety of events from concerts to ski competitions and a visit from Santa for Christmas in July. In the village, there is a leisure centre with a 50m indoor pool, gym, squash courts and childcare centre, and a selection of bars and restaurants.

Skiiers riding the chair lifts at Charlotte Pass Ski Resort in the Snowy Mountains

Charlotte Pass is Australia’s highest snow resort and offers all ski-in ski-out accommodation. With a limited number of guests in the village at any time, skiers are guaranteed short lift lines. It can only be accessed via oversnow transport in the Winter, meaning it is a car free resort. Charlotte Pass is popular with cross country skiers due its trail access.