Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve got no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Alas, the aforementioned Sammy Cash lyrics do not describe most parts of Australia. Sydney winters are never like that, and I for one would adore a frightful winter with boundless snow, crisp winds and nights drinking hot chocolate by the fireplace.
Whilst a winter season full of snow doesn’t happen in Sydney or most Aussie capitals, all you need to do is travel to the Snowy Mountains and presto! You’ll be experiencing a snowy winter like no other.
What I truly love about the Snowy Mountains is that there is something for everyone, which makes it the perfect family holiday destination or even a place for singles and friends to chill out (see what I did there) or have a snow-tastic adventure.
Because I know we’re all busy and don’t have time to sit down and read through a long blog post (glad we’re all honest here), I’ve summarised where is good for a family vacay, and where is good to hit the slopes with friends in the Snowy Mountains this winter. You’re welcome in advanced.
Teach the kids something new this winter with skiing lessons in the Snowy Mountains! There are plenty of family-friendly resorts like Charlotte Pass. There’s a limited number of guests in the village at any time so short lines are guaranteed (perfect for the inherently impatient i.e. children). Also available are snowshoe tours or groomer rides.
Alipine Village is also great for all ages and levels of skiing/snowboarding experience. Thredbo leisure centre also has a 50m indoor pool, gym and a childcare centre. Hit the slopes in the morning with new-look terrain and then give the kids some time in the afternoon tobogganing and snow tubing.
The Selwyn Snowfields are great slopes for beginners. When you’re in a group of friends, there’s bound to be a newbie so let them have a go on the Selwyn Snowfields whilst the rest of you chill out in a cosy cafe and stuff your faces at the donut bar. After you’re sufficiently stuffed with donuts, why not try snow tubing and tobogganing?
If you’re a group who are all experienced in skiing/snowboarding, Perisher is where you want to be. With its surrounding villages, it makes up the southern hemisphere’s biggest alpine resort. Think: 47 chairlift servicing 12skm area, five terrain parks, two half pipes and over 100km of marked cross-country trails.
Above all, don’t forget the fabulous apres-skiing options with plenty of intimate wine bars, fine dining and winter shopping.
“OK, I’m keen! But how do I get there? Seems awfully far away!” I hear you say.
Well, never fear, getting there is easy! The best way is by car, coach or train. From June to October (snow season) the Snowy Mountains can get pretty busy so make sure you try book ahead! Plenty of ski bus services run from Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra to Perisher and Thredbo. For you Melbournites, Thredbo is a tiny 7 hour car trip.
Check out visitnsw.com for more info.
This post was written in collaboration with Destination NSW. However, all the beliefs and opinions expressed in this post are written in my own words and are 100% authentic.