New South Wales Snowfields
Jindabyne, Berridale, Cooma
Jindabyne is situated on the beautiful Lake Jindabyne as is the closest town and gateway to the resorts of Thredbo and Perisher. Nevertheless there is plenty of snow fun to be had without paying for a resort style holiday and Jindabyne is the perfect place to be right there when the snow hits the ground.
Berridale is the facilities hub for the Kosciuszko National Park and much of what you need can be attained here.
Because of its strategic position at the centre of four major roads Cooma is the closest to all four major snowfields and the town with the most choice of facilities.
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Thredbo in NSW is just on five hours drive from Sydney and about seven hours from Melbourne Victoria. The Thredbo ski slopes are spread over 480 hectares and there are wide open and interesting slops and trails through the Australian snow gum trees.
Thredbo has Australia's longest run, Karel's T-Bar to Friday Flat, at 5.9km. however, you could ski all of them in a day.
Thredbo Village has the classic alpine village feel and sits right at the base of the mountainside opposite the ski hill. The lodges are scattered and steadily move up the mountain all in easy walking distance to Thredbo hotel and the restaurants and bars. Many skiers congregate in the bistro for a afternoon drink, a game of pool or sip champagne in the Lounge Bar. Dancing and having fun in the popular Keller or sip on cocktails in the new Après Bar at Denman Mountain Inn.
There are plenty of places for beginners at Thredbo. Friday Flat was purposely created at the base area, where all the beginners are able to walk, pop on their skis and start learning. The gentle slope is accessed by a unique moving carpet. A chair lift is not required, up a few stairs and your there. Ready to go a little further or just past the learning stage, there is a four-seat chairlift to the top of the beginners' slope, to make you feel comfortable and to get you used to the actual getting on and off a chairlift without falling over and hurting yourself.
Advanced skiers take advantage of Cannonball Run, Little Beauty after taking off from The Bluff. With is natural fall and tight turns it is fun and exciting, plus it is really crowded. The more intermediate skiers use Mieritts and the Super trails. Thredbo staff are constantly upgrading, improving the presentation, visual appeal and keeping the village in top condition it is truly a world class alpine village.
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Perisher like Thredbo is five hours drive from Sydney and seven hours from Melbourne.
There are 50 lifts and over 1250 hectares of space, it's huge! You won't miss out here! The ski fields are very spread out. Perisher Blue claim to fame is that it is the largest resort in this side of the equator. The ski runs are a little shorter than most other ski fields in Australia, however the runs are still interesting and fun Perisher in general is a beautiful place and the runs have heaps of natural rollers.
At Perisher with all its T-bars is the best way to get around, most of the slops are very gentle and the longest run is just on three kilometres. Snowboarders and skiers of strong intermediate standard or above will love First Tracks, Snowboarders could also head to the new Blue Cow Super park. The First Tracks program has been expanded to include forays to Blue Cow and Mt Perisher.
Beginners should look to Pleasant Valley at Blue Cow, or Smiggins. Intermediates or better, Front Valley or Guthega, Mt Perisher and The Ridge at Blue Cow suit the advanced skiers.
If you game or daring or just like the idea or want to try something a little different take a ride at night with the mountain groomers on Front Valley.
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Charlotte Pass is a little further in from Sydney and about same from Melbourne; allow around six and half hours travelling time. Charlotte is Australia's highest ski resort receives some of the most consistent and best quality snowfalls and the only one way to access the ski village is up! You jump on the snowcat for the 8 kilometre fun journey. Once there you will notice that the village is more or less dominated by Kosciusko Chalet the most historic inns in the Snowy Mountains. Charlotte Pass is also the closest resort to Mt Kosciusko, the highest mountain in Australia.
Charlotte is a very small family style resort with a number of older style lodges.
Charlotte Pass skiing there are gentle slopes of easy does it and the Home Run to the challenges of Guthrie's Chutes and the Kangaroo Ridge Cornice, there is something for every level of skier and rider. It is a place I would place on my list of places to ski, because it's interesting and friendly and of course the views are something else.
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The Selwyn Snowfields
Beginner's paradise, are you looking to learn to ski? Selwyn Snowfields is the perfect place. May be try your hand at snowboarding or some of the other snow activities. Selwyn gently progressing terrain & caring mountain trainers and staff are ready to get you started. Don't worry too much about you age or ability, there is a program designed to suit everyone.
Selwyn Snowfields are in the beautiful Kosciuszko National Park in the NSW Snowy Mountains and is widely regarded as the premiere learn-to-ski, family snow recreation area in NSW. Selwyn has 12 ski lifts and a magic carpet lift has been installed for the children's ski school.
There is also tubing and tobogganing areas and it is a great place to bring children.
Something to remember; There is no accommodation at Selwyn. You need to book at Adaminaby, that's 35 minutes away, but a comfortable drive in. other places are Tumit or Cooma which are a little further out.
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