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. Tumut River Brewing - Brewery Tours

    Saturday 22 December 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…

    22 Dec - 28 Jul
  2. Tumut Boxing Day Races

    Wednesday 26 December 2018 , Tumut

    Tumut Turf Club shows its colours at the annual Boxing Day Races, the biggest race meet for the year. Come down and discover the picturesque Tumut Turf Club. Tumut Turf Club is one of the oldest Race Clubs in NSW having commenced racing…

    26 Dec
  3. Jindabyne's Man From Snowy River Rodeo

    Friday 28 December 2018 , Jindabyne

    The annual Man From Snowy River Rodeo event has been running since 1943, originally in Old Jindabyne and now at John Connors Oval, Park Road, Jindabyne Sports Ground. The 2018 Rodeo will be bigger and better than ever with it being the…

    28 Dec
  4. New Year's Eve: Thredbo

    Monday 31 December 2018 to Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Thredbo

    The famous Thredbo New Year’s Party is a great way to welcome 2019. Thredbo will be the place to be with a big party and entertainment for all ages. The kids will warm up the Poolside, Thredbo Alpine Hotel from 5pm with a kids show and…

    31 Dec - 01 Jan
  5. Tumbarumba Rodeo

    Tuesday 01 January 2019 , Tumbarumba

    Tumbarumba Rodeo is held every year on New Year's Day. This is a full APRA Championship Rodeo with a host of fun-filled events including local barrel race, poddy ride, bucking ponies, stallion chute out, poly saddle ride, Aussie Rules…

    01 Jan
  6. Tumut Cycle Classic

    Sunday 13 January 2019 , Tumut

    Enjoy cycling through the picturesque Tumut tucked away in the Riverina. There is a ride for everyone starting from a 20 kilometre family fun ride, a 40 kilometre ride for the average cyclist, 75 kilometres for the adventure seeker and 100…

    13 Jan