Skiing and Snowboarding Tips for Beginners
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.
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.
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.
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 beginner's area; Friday Flat. Thredbo also offers a first timer lift pass and lesson package – a perfect introduction to skiing and snowboarding.