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. Festival of the Falling Leaf

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , 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 f…

    29 Apr
  2. John Briscoe Art Award Exhibition

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 27 May 2018 , 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 …

    05 May - 27 May
  3. Steampunk@Altitude

    Saturday 05 May 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , 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 Mon…

    05 May - 06 May
  4. Mothers Day at Cascades Restaurant

    Sunday 13 May 2018 , Thredbo

    Spoil mum this Mother’s Day at Cascades Restaurant. The team at Cascades Restaurant will be pulling out all the stops to make sure your mum fills special with delicious food, scenic mountain views, an extensive wine list and friendly servic…

    13 May
  5. Snowy Mountains Photography Weekends

    Friday 18 May 2018 to Sunday 20 May 2018 , Jindabyne

    Fill your viewfinder with stunning shots of Snowy Mountain landscapes, cascading rivers and streams, rugged countryside and majestic snowgums. Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa is excited to be offering Landscape Photography Weekends with …

    18 May - 20 May
  6. Batlow CiderFest

    Saturday 19 May 2018 , Batlow

    Batlow CiderFest is a full-on communal street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest and the best boutique ciders grown and brewed locally. Growers, producers, locals and their visitors enjoy some hard-earned down time after the lo…

    19 May