Skiing and snowboarding tips for beginners

Skiing for the first time

Plan ahead before you hit the slopes for the first time. Are you planning a day trip, or staying longer and need to book accommodation? Will you buy, borrow or hire snow gear? Hiring is the best option for first timers and all snow resorts offer ski hire options. Get organised before you head off so you can save all your time for the slopes.

Book in ski lessons

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

Ski lesson in Charlotte Pass

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. With no queues and crowds, you’ll soon be carving up the slopes and moving on to the more challenging runs.

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 youre ready to test your skills on the intermediate runs at Township Trails.

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

At Thredbo, beginners can feel at ease on Friday Flat. The beginners' zone features a 'first timer' only area, as well as a Wonder Carpet that transports skiiers to the top of a ski run with a mild slope.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Bendigo Bank Tumbafest

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Tumbarumba

    On the last weekend in February of each year since 1997, the township of Tumbarumba plays host to 'Bendigo Bank Tumbafest' - a celebration of music, wine and food. Truly a celebration of country lifestyle, this two-day Festival is…

    23 Feb - 24 Feb
  2. Mothers Day at TRBC

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019 , Tumut

    After the success of last year's Mothers Day event, they're determined to make this year bigger and better ! It's a Mothers Day High Tea concept with a brewery twist - Guyy Lilleyman entertained the mums last year and he enjoyed…

    23 Feb - 12 May
  3. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 23 February 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…

    23 Feb - 28 Jul
  4. Bredbo CWA Village Markets

    Sunday 24 February 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…

    24 Feb - 24 Nov