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. Rosewood Country Round Up Music Festival

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Tumbarumba

    Rosewood Country Round Up Music Festival is a week of country fun and music with bush camping and entertainment held at Rosewood near Tumbarumba. The event is held at the Rosewood Golf Club. Guest artists will be there as well as walk up ar…

    20 Oct - 21 Oct
  2. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 20 October 2018 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 an…

    20 Oct - 28 Jul
  3. Batlow Apple Blossom Festival

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Batlow

    Celebrate the arrival of spring in Australia's most renowned apple growing region at the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival. Food, market stalls, live music, and family fun combine to bring the apple town of Batlow to life during the festival …

    20 Oct
  4. Cooma Rotary Markets

    Sunday 21 October 2018 to Sunday 16 June 2019 , Cooma

    The Cooma Rotary Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. The markets have up to 50 stalls supplying a variety of merchandise including craft, vegetables, nursery, garden implements, bric-a-brac, woodwork, second-hand books,…

    21 Oct - 16 Jun
  5. Farm Open Day

    Sunday 21 October 2018 , Tumut

    Visit Highfield Farm and Woodland in Spring! Highfield is a small scale farm located near Adelong. Highfield combines farming with the protection of critically endangered habitat and uses farming techniques to enhance biodiversity. Baby …

    21 Oct
  6. Tumbarumba Tastebuds

    Saturday 27 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , Tumbarumba

    Tumbarumba Tastebuds - a lush spring affair to showcase the best of Tumbarumba's food and produce. Explore Tumbarumba's premium quality vineyards and cellar doors with free wine tasting at unique venues oozing charm, character, and hospital…

    27 Oct - 28 Oct