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“Went to snow”
Review of Selwyn Snowfields

Selwyn Snowfields
Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Cooma
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Glen Waverley, Australia
2 reviews
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“Went to snow”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Had a great day, went to Dead Horse Gap, Thredbo and then caught ski tube to Perisher and then up to Blue Cow. Light snow all day.

Visited August 2012
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Beachmere, Australia
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46 reviews
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“Great for beginners/families”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Have just come back from our second trip here.

We have kids aged 8,10,11 and it's perfect for beginners or children.

We prebooked through the Snowy Mountains Holiday Centre and if you do this by the end of May each year, you get good deals. We got a 4 day ski pass and the kids ski pass and ski hire was free. There are a number of good deals to suit your family. We hired our gear from the ski fields as we got this great deal, but you can also hire from Cooma/Adaminaby/Talbingo if you don't get the pre-booked deal.

3-4 days is enough for beginners, you really don't need a 7 day pass unless you're a keen skiier, in which case you'll probably want to ski at a more advanced ski slope like Perisher etc.

We did lessons as it's been 4 years since we last visited. We booked 4 lessons but really 2 or 3 would have been enough as our kids caught on quickly. If your kids are unco-ordinated, book a lesson for each day. Instructors were all lovely with kids and adults alike.

There are a few green runs, few blue runs and I think only one black run. So if you're a beginner it's great, if you're experienced forget it. We like it because it's small and the kids are able to go off and ski by themselves without getting lost! There's a small Milo terrain park which our kids also loved (so did I) where they can do small jumps/tricks, and a trickier terrain park but didn't see anyone using that one. There's also a toboggan area and a tube ride if you're not into skiing.

As expected food is expensive, most people seem to pack an esky with their own food. There's plenty of picnic tables outside and a warm indoor area to eat your own food. Kids in lessons get free hot chocolate half way through their lesson, which is otherwise $4.50/cup.

There's a small gift store on site, which also sells gloves/goggles etc if you lose them out on the slopes.

We have stayed at Adaminaby where most people stay (about 40 minute drive) but this time stayed in Talbingo (about 50 minute drive). Nice drive from either location, really depends where you're coming from and your budget!

You'll need either a 4WD or carry snow chains for a standard car, just in case there's ice on the road.

Costs $27/day for your National Park Pass - don't forget to add that to the cost of your trip!

Visited August 2012
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Peak Crossing Australia
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“Caters for all the family”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Just spent 3 days at Selwyns. It was our first time at the snow and there was something for every age group and ability. The instructors were superb with teaching the kids aged 6,9 & 13 as well as the younger adults. Only downside was that if you couldn't make a lesson because of illness or injury ( both which the family experienced) you couldn't get a refund ( sadly out of pocket $600). We took our own food each day which help keep the cost down as there were 7 of us. We stayed in self contained accommodation in adaminbly and it was an easy drive to the snowfields each day however be wary of kangaroos on the way home from 4pm onwards. Plan on going back again next year.

Visited August 2012
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Wollongong, Australia
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7 reviews
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“Perfect for young families”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

All the facilities for a day at the snow. Nice and small for young children. Plenty of indoor seating to get out of the weather, tables provided for picnickers so no need to spend lots of money.

Visited August 2012
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Jervis Bay, Australia
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20 reviews
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“Great Day out.”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

As a family from far north QLD that does not Ski or Snowboard we chose to go to Selwyn. Its an easy day trip from Canberra and we were on the slopes by 9.30am. We really wanted to see snow falling so planned our trip for the thursday when blizzard like conditions were predicted. Mother nature didnt disappoint!! we Saw every type of snow fall. Selwyn is certainly cheaper than Threadbo or Perisher but it does get less snow fall. So be prepared to taboggan on a bit of grass if snow fall hasnt been good that week. Check Selwyns page for snow reports and snow cams to keep you up to date with snow fall. We hire our gear from the Ampol ( cheaper and great service) at Adaminaby, Get your National Parks pass here too it saves lining up to pay later on if its busy.
Take a packed lunch and Thermos of hot chocolate, then buy a small amount of food if needed. Selwyn can be a bit pricey to feed a whole family for the day. They have just built an out- door weather shed near the taboggan run. This was very handy to eat our lunch in when the blizzard came through.
The Taboggan run is simple and easy and my kids have a ball. It can get crowded on weekends. They also filled in time on the snow tubes,This year I decided to take a beginners ski lesson. I was a bit nervous about using the chair lifts as I have a fear of hights but my instructor gave me personal attention and showed me how to get on and off the chairlift a couple of times. The lesson was great and Holly had a skiiing down slopes in no time.

Visited August 2012
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