The NSW Ski Season runs from the long weekend in June until the long weekend in October each year.  Peak snow season is generally during late July and August however there are often good falls from as early as April and as late as December - so snow play is generally available all winter and the ski resorts have extensive snow making facilities to ensure snow riding all season. 

 There are 4 main ski resort areas in NSW.  They are:

Thredbo

Thredbo is Australia's premier year-round alpine resort and is located in the NSW Snowy Mountains at the foot of Mt Kosciuszko. Thredbo offers terrain to suit all levels of skiers and boarders and has the longest run in Australia.  Known for long runs and its' mega snowmaking system, Thredbo offers a variety of accommodation from traditional lodges to self-contained apartments and exudes a vibey village atmosphere.  It has a variety of terrain parks, the highest lifted point in Australia, great kids on-snow facilities and easy access to the Main Range for cross country skiers.  Village facilities include shops, restaurants, night life and plenty to do both on and off the slopes.  A free shuttle bus offers rides to your accommodation all of which has close access to slopes.

Perisher Blue

The largest resort in NSW it incorporates the villages of Perisher, Smiggins Hole, Guthega and Mt Blue Cow.  Perisher Blue offers skiing & boarding to suit all skill levels together with packages that include accommodation, lift passes and/or lessons.  Accessed either by road or Skitube, Perisher Blue has on snow accommodation and an array of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment options.  Also offers excellent kid's programme and extensive snowmaking facilites, night skiing and boarding and extensive entertainment program throughout the winter months.

Charlottes Pass Ski Resort

At 1760 metres, Charlotte Pass Village, NSW is the highest resort in the country and receives some of the most consistent and best quality snowfalls.  It is snowbound and only accessible by oversnow transport during the ski season.  Great as a base for back country activities including snow shoe tours.  All accommodation and facilities are ski-in ski-out giving immediate access to a broad choice of runs and many new features including the Freestyle Terrain Park and Charlottes Play Park.

Selwyn Snowfields

Located in the Northern section of Kosciuszko National Park near Kiandra, Adaminaby and Tumut.  Offers alpine skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snowtubing, cross country skiing and is ideals for families wanting a snow experience at a more affordable price.

Getting to the Skifields

Drive
Sydney to Jindabyne – Once on the M5 there are only a few sets of traffic lights to Jindabyne.  Once at Jindabyne it is 30 minutes drive to either Thredbo or Perisher Blue (can take longer depending on road and snow conditions) or 15 minutes to the Skitube carpark on the  Alpine Way.  Depending on conditions and the type of vehicle you drive, chains may be required for your tyres - they must be carried at all times within Kosciuszko National Park and can be hired from most service stations in the region.

Driving times from major cities
Sydney 5 - 6.5 hours 500km (approx.)
Melbourne 5.5 - 7 hours 500km (approx.)
Canberra 2.5 hours 180km (approx.)

Coach
Transborder Alpine Express (02) 6241 0033
Greyhound 13 14 99

Murrays Coaches 13 22 51

Coach holiday packages are available through numerous companies around Australia.

Fly
To Snowy Mountains Airport from Sydney with Aeropelican
To Canberra from Sydney with Qantas or Virgin Blue
To Canberra from Gold Coast and Brisbane with Qantas or Virgin Blue

Hire cars and taxis available from both airports.

Snowy Mountains airport also runs a resort shuttle service

 

Accommodation

On snow at any of the above resorts or in the surrounding towns of Jindabyne, Berridale, Dalgety, Adaminaby and associated areas.

Popular forms of accommodation include:

Ski Lodges - Traditional "Club Style" lodges are self-catering where all facilities are shared (kitchen, living space etc) and guests just have their own rooms for sleeping.  Great for groups or families wanting to stay together.  Also suits individuals seeking like minded travellers.  Similar to backpackers style of accommodation although can be quite luxurious.

Catered Lodges - This style of accommodation varies greatly - from the above style just with someone else taking care of all the cooking and cleaning to luxury resort style lodges with ensuite bathrooms for each room and gourmet restaurants and bars in-house.  Usually booked as a package including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.  Similar to Guest House or B&B style accommodation which is also available.  Farmstay is another option in this category.

Hotels/Motels/Resort Style - Regular hotel/motel style accommodation is widely available in all resort areas and rates often include breakfast. Resorts with either hotel style or self catering accommodation with facilities on site such as restaurants, spas, swimming pools and more are also available.

Self-Catering - Holiday houses and apartments are widely available and one of the most popular forms of accommodation - particularly in Jindabyne.  There are several real estate agents and rental property managers available to assist in finding the right type of accommodation to suit your family or group.

Caravan Parks and Camping - There are several caravan parks in the region with either cabin or bring your own style accommodation.  Camping is an option in caravan parks or designated areas with the Kosciuszko National Park

Facilities

Supermarkets, specialty shops, pharmacies, medical practioners, ski hire and sales, bottle shops, petrol stations - basically anything you need is available primarily in Cooma & Jindabyne with limited facilities in the other towns.