Skiing and snowboarding tips for beginners

Plan Ahead

There’s a lot to think about before your first trip to the snow and it’s worth getting organised in advanced. Where possible, book ahead, to secure accommodation and transport, as these get booked up during peak months.

 

Hire, Borrow or Buy Ski Wear and Equipment

If you’ve never tried skiing and snowboarding before, it’s a good idea to hire clothes, boots and equipment for the first time, and then invest in your own if you decide to go more than once. Hire shops are available at all of the Snowy Mountains resorts and stock everything you need for a day on the slopes. Helmets are compulsory for children and recommended for all skiers and snowboarders.

People enjoying a day of skiing and snowboarding at Blue Cow ski resort in Perisher

Pack Warm

Pack lots of layers, including vests and thermals if you have them. Staying warm on the slopes will make for a much more enjoyable mountain experience. It’s a good idea to bring a woolly hat, even if you’re wearing a helmet, as it’s useful for the evenings and when you stop for lunch, and make sure you pack lots of sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses or ski goggles.

 

Book Ski and Snowboarding Lessons

Hit the slopes with confidence under the direction of an experienced guide. Ski and snowboarding instructors will arm you with the valuable tips you need to get going. All resorts have their own snow schools which offer private and group lessons. Lessons are popular, so book ahead of time, especially if you’re on the mountain over the weekend.

Family learning how to ski with the instructor at Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains

Where to Go

Charlotte Pass is a great resort for beginner skiers, with good runs to learn on and less people than most major ski fields due to a limited number of guests.

Family-friendly Selwyn Snowfields is an excellent resort option for beginners to hone their ski skills. Start off at New Chum Bowl to practise safely until you’re ready to test your skills on the resorts longest run; Long Arm Run.

Perisher and its surrounding villages make up the southern hemisphere's largest alpine resort. Perisher's Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes snowfields offer ideal conditions for beginners.

At Thredbo, beginners can feel at ease in the dedicated beginners area; Friday Flat. Thredbo also offers a first timer lift pass and lesson package – a perfect introduction to skiing and snowboarding.

 

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Festival of the Falling Leaf

    Saturday 27 April 2019 , Tumut

    Autumn in Tumut offers one of the most spectacular display of seasonal colours to be found anywhere in New South Wales. In 1954 the local headmaster, Alf Wood, introduced the idea of a festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn and the…

    27 Apr
  2. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 27 April 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019 , Tumut

    See, smell and taste a craft beer manufacturing process in action. Tumut River Brewing Co offers two brewery tour options: Tour and Tasting includes interactive tour of the brewery beginning with overview of history, brewing process…

    27 Apr - 28 Jul
  3. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 28 April 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019 , 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…

    28 Apr - 24 Nov
  4. Tumut Farmers Markets

    Friday 03 May 2019 to Friday 30 August 2019 , Tumut

    Tumut Local Farmers Market is a weekly market each Friday outdoors at "The Connection", corner of Wynyard and Russell Streets, Tumut. Bringing the best in fresh produce from across the region to the community and visitors, their farmers…

    03 May - 30 Aug
  5. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Saturday 04 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…

    04 May - 26 May
  6. Steampunk at Altitude

    Saturday 04 May 2019 to Sunday 05 May 2019 , Cooma

    A celebration of Steampunk, inspired by Victorian design and fiction, and influenced by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery, attire, architecture, and lifestyle both real and imaginary. The historic industrial setting of the…

    04 May - 05 May