Winter in the Snowy Mountains is something special. Enjoy the crisp air, touch your first snow or try skiing or snowboarding, over 1 million people visit the Snowies each winter so you are not the first!
The Australian Alps are amongst some of the oldest snow covered alpine landscapes in the world and the twisted snow gums that feature during winter are spectacular. The Snowy Mountains offer four great winter resort experiences, each with its own character and appeal.
FIRST TIME TO THE SNOW?
Heading to the snow for the first time is easier than you think and below is the most asked questions about heading to the snow.
1. Work out the dates you want to come?
The dates for the NSW Snowy Mountains snow season are from Friday 8th June until Monday 1st October 2012.
2. What resort will suit me?
The NSW Snowy Mountains 4 winter resorts offer something for everyone. Perisher is the largest resort, Thredbo has the longest run, Charlotte Pass is only accessed by oversnow transport and Selwyn Snowfields is a fun family resort.
3. Deciding where to stay?
Once you have decided which resort to visit, you then need to decide where to stay. There are many different accommodation types from budget backpackers to luxurious self contained apartments.
4. What to take?
In your own suburb, on your way or at your destination you can hire ski and snowboard equipment, toboggans, waterproof apre boots and waterproof jackets and pants. You have to bring a beanie, goggles or sunglasses, warm socks and gloves. Sunscreen is also a must.
5. Do I need a lesson?
Yes, if you have never been skiing or snowboarding before you need a lesson. Your experience and time on the mountain will be more enjoyable learning from an experienced Snowsports Instructor. If you have skiied or snowboarded before, it is advisable to have a lesson to improve your ability.
6. What else is there to do in the Snowy Mountains?
It’s not only about skiing and snowboarding, you can - go to the movies in Cooma or Jindabyne, learn to snow shoe, visit the Cooma Monaro Railway, ride a tube at Perisher’s Snow Tube Park, check out the Super Glide Skating Rink in Smiggins, go night skiing, watch the fireworks in Thredbo on Saturday night, get lost in the Cracka-Maze at Crackenback Cottage or visit the Adaminaby Snowy Scheme Collection.
7. When will it snow?
Alot of people ask this question. You can check weather forecasts at Weatherzone and Snowatch.
DRIVING TO THE SNOW!
How do I get to the Snowy Mountains?
Travel by car, coach or aeroplane to the Snowy Mountains. See more information under Getting Here.
How do I find out about the road conditions?
For current road reports telephone 132 701 or click here.
National Park Entry Fee.
All cars and buses entering the Kosciuszko National Park must have a valid National Park permit. These can be purchased from the entrance to the Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy Region Visitor Centre in Jindabyne or Snowy Mountains Holiday Centre in Adaminaby.
Do I need snow chains for my car?
Yes, all vehicles that are not 4WD must carry chains in the Kosciuszko National Park. Snow chains can be hired from hire shops and service stations. You will have the chains fitted by a professional and they will show you how to fit them to your car. Listen to road reports on local radio to see if chains are required.