Things to Do at the Snow
When you want to have fun with family or friends, just add snow! The Snowy Mountains are home to Kosciuszko National Park, where snow lovers go to play on the flanks of Mount Kosciuszko – Australia’s highest mountain. Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte Pass are veritable playgrounds for lovers of the white stuff, while a fourth resort, Selwyn, remains closed and is being rebuilt.
The main attraction in the Snowy Mountains is undoubtedly skiing and snowboarding. Perisher, the biggest resort in the Southern Hemisphere, and Thredbo, are the two big guns with plenty of varied terrain, a big choice of accommodation and world-class snow sports schools. Charlotte Pass has its own magic quality. It is only accessible by snow cat, has a charming village and is like a fairytale for families.
If sliding or riding down the slopes is not your thing, or you just want a break, go cross country skiing. Perisher has 100km of trails to help you get into your groove. You can organise lessons as well. Backcountry skiing, where you explore outside of the patrolled ski area, is popular with experiences skiers and snowboarders want to explore the untouched snow. It’s not for beginners and can be dangerous, so you’ll need to be prepared. Thredbo has tours available run by experts.
Other activities on snow
Another fun activity is snowshoeing. Strap them on and go for a walk through spectacular scenery, through snow gums and usually on untracked snow. You can even set up camp in your own private gully. The Rock Creek snowshoe track at Perisher is spectacular. Groomer tours are a great option for the whole family; they are offered in the evenings after the runs close at Charlotte Pass and Perisher.
Off the snow, Thredbo Leisure Centre has a heated indoor pool, bouldering wall and a fun water park for kids. Guests at the Marritz Hotel on-snow at Perisher can swim in the pool overlooking the slopes. Take a dip at the thermal pool at Yarrangobilly Caves. Explore the caves that date back 440 million years and then warm up in the naturally heated spring waters.
Drink, dine & shop
All the resorts have a great array of places to go for dinner, have a hot chocolate on the mountain and relax with a drink or three when the lifts stop for the day. And with so much amazing outdoor gear available to buy at the resorts and in Jindabyne, a little shopping time is well worth it. If you’re interested in the history of the area, the Thredbo Alpine Museum is also worth a visit.