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Our ultimate guide to hitting the slopes

Our ultimate guide to hitting the slopes

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The ski season is officially open!

Take advantage of sunny winter days and head to the NSW Snowy Mountains for some skiing, snowboarding and an abundance of fun in the snow. The Kosciuszko National Park, a 2.5 hour drive from the Canberra city centre, offers endless opportunities for a fun-filled day out or a memorable weekend away, so be sure to include a trip in your winter calendar.​​​​​​​


Thredbo offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country and there’s truly something here for all ages and abilities. The resort has a purpose built area for beginners, designed to help newcomers progress their skills in a safe environment. Beginners can also access ski and snowboard lessons from the experienced team of instructors. Those more experienced on the slopes will enjoy Australia’s longest runs and the wide variety of terrain on offer, as well as endless on and off piste challenges, powder bowls and natural features. Everything you need to hit the slopes can be hired or purchased at the many shops here, all offering a wide range of quality brands. Single day, multi-day and season lift passes can be purchased in advance or on the day.

Photography by Thredbo

Photography by Visit NSW

Photography by Visit NSW



Did you know Perisher is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere? The area is made up of four picturesque ski villages – Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega – where you’ll find 47 lifts and over 1,245 hectares of skiable terrain. Skiers and snowboarders often start at Perisher Valley, then ski across to Smiggin Holes, over to Blue Cow and then on to Guthega. You can also take a ride on the Skitube while you’re here – Australia’s only alpine railway. The Swiss-designed Skitube services Perisher exclusively, transporting guests from Bullocks Flat onto Perisher Valley and to Blue Cow Mountain. The distance is 8.5km, of which 6.3km is underground, making it one of the longest underground train tunnels in Australia and travelling as deep as 550m underground. At Perisher, you’ll also find the Snowsports School, offering ski and snowboard lessons for all ages and abilities. Single day, multi-day and season lift passes can be purchased in advance or on the day.

Photography by Perisher Lodge

Photography by Snowy Mountains Magazine


Selwyn Snow Resort is located in the most northern part of the NSW Snowy Mountains. This family-run resort has 11 chair lifts and offers 45 hectares of skiable terrain, including plenty of gentle slopes suited to beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders, plus lots of area that’s perfect for tubing and tobogganing. Lessons are available in groups or privately for all ages and abilities. Beginners can also enrol in the Selwyn Snow Sports School and master the basics before hitting the slopes. Single day, multi-day and season lift passes can be purchased in advance or on the day.​​​​​​​

Photography by Visit NSW

Photography by Visit NSW

Photography by Mountain Watch


The NSW Snowy Mountain region is brimming with accommodation to suit every taste and budget. If you want to be close to the slopes, you’ll find plenty of options at Perisher Valley, Guthega, Smiggin Holes, Thredbo and Lake Crackenback, offering a range of chalets, lodges, hotels and selfcontained apartments. If you’re happy to stay a bit further away from the action, then Jindabyne is the perfect base. It’s right at the doorstep of the mountains and has a wider variety of shops and amenities than the other villages, including places to purchase and hire all types of snow equipment.

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The most common mode of transport used to reach the NSW Snowy Mountains is by car, this typically takes 2.5 hours from the centre of Canberra. As you reach the bottom of the slopes, you’ll enter the Kosciuszko National Park where the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service charges each car a fee to enter the park, which varies depending on how long you stay.

If driving isn’t an option for you, then head online and you’ll find a range of coaches and shuttles from Canberra and Batemans Bay, as well as private transfer options.

Photography by Snowy Mountains Magazine

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