The Four Best Snowfields in New South Wales
If you fancy hitting the slopes this season, New South Wales has plenty of great options suitable for everyone from first-timers through to advanced skiers.
Located just a five hour drive from Sydney, Thredbo is one of the most famous and popular ski resorts in New South Wales. It offers a wide variety of skiing and snowboarding slopes to suit people of all ages and abilities, plus several terrain parks aimed at everyone from children to experienced freestyle skiers.
Thredbo is home to some of Australia’s longest runs, including the Crackenback Supertrail and Funnel Web. Here you’ll find 14 lifts, including Karel’s T-Bar lift, which rises to 2037m and is the highest in Australia. If you’re new to skiing, head straight to the Friday Flat beginner’s area, where you can develop your skills and master your technique before heading out onto the slopes.
At the base of the mountain is Thredbo Village, which offers a wide range of lodges, bars, cafes, restaurants and shops. The village has that classic alpine feel and is the perfect place to relax after a fun day on the slopes.
Perisher is the largest ski resort in Australia and has 47 lifts across four main resort areas, with each offering a wide variety of terrain to suit differing abilities, plus a great range of world-class facilities.
Smiggin Holes is especially popular with beginners and families, while Perisher Valley and Blue Cow caters for intermediate-to-advanced skiers. The Valley also hosts a wide variety of activities throughout the season – including cross-country and night skiing.
Guthega has undergone a huge transformation in recent years and has some of Perisher’s more challenging runs – ranging from green and blue, to double blue and black. Here you can take in the stunning panoramic views across the Kosciuszko mountain range or even stop off at one of the on-snow restaurants, including the Guthega Inn and Burning Log.
At an elevation of 1,765 metres, Charlotte Pass is the highest resort in Australia and receives some of the best and most consistent snowfalls in the whole country. It is especially popular with families and is accessible only by Oversnow Transport, which leaves from the Perisher Valley Skitube Terminal.
The resort offers a wide range of runs to suit skiers of all abilities. The East Starter run is greater for beginners, while Sidewinder and Guthrie’s Chutes are ideal for accomplished skiers and offer a much greater challenge. There are five lifts at Charlotte Pass, including a triple chair and T-bar, plus a number of high quality accommodation options. The annual Winter Festival takes place in August and is an especially popular time to visit.
Selwyn Snowfields is a small and friendly resort located near to the abandoned gold mining town of Kiandra, which is also the birthplace of skiing in Australia. The resort is especially popular with first-timers and offers a range of accessible runs that are a great place to develop your skills and build your confidence. There is no on-site accommodation, but the Selwyn Centre house a range of cafes and bars, along with a souvenir shop.
Article by Dan Flower
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