Snow skiing in the Snowy Mountains is a popular choice for the adventure seekers in the winter months. Kosciuszko National Park is the place to be with Perisher, Thredbo and Charlotte’s Pass resorts inclusive as well as thousands of hectares of back country snow.
The official snow season begins on the long weekend in June and ends on the long weekend in October. There is often snow skiing available in November if you are keen for back country skiing. The chairlifts at Thredbo, Perisher and Charlottes Pass are only open during the official season with the exception of the Kosciuszko Express at Thredbo which is open all year round as a leg up for the trek to Mount Kosciuszko.
The quality of snow skiing is improving every year with the excellent snow making facilities expanding to cover more of the groomed trails. These snow making facilities are also helping to extended the length of the season and more than combating any effects of global warming.
If you wish to do your snow skiing at Thredbo you will need to drive there. It is 2o minutes drive from Alpine Habitats and 30 minutes from Jindabyne. Thredbo has a great variety for the snow skier with groomed runs including the longest in Australia, bowls, boarder parks, rails, jumps,boxes and some great off piste skiing. There are green runs suited to beginners and plenty of challenging runs for the advanced skier. Thredbo has 16% beginner runs, 67% intermediate and 17% advanced terrain. The skiable terrain at Thredbo is 480 hectares with 14 lifts, a vertical drop of 672m and its longest ski run is 5.9km. Click here for more information on Thredbo resort. (http://www NULL.thredbo NULL.com NULL.au) To see the Thredbo ski lifts mapped on everytrail.com click here. (www NULL.everytrail NULL.com/view_trip NULL.php?trip_id=453120http://)
Perisher ski resort is the largest resort in Australia with a massive 1245 hectares of skiable terrain and 49 lifts. The base elevation is 1720m which makes it a more reliable resort with respects to top to bottom skiing when the snow cover is marginal. Perisher is also suited to all levels of snow skiing with 22% beginners, 60% intermediate and 18% advanced skiable terrain. There is also a great variety of skiing with boarder parks, a halfpipe, rails, boxes, jumps and plenty of off piste skiing. Perisher also has 100km of marked cross country trails. Click here for more information on Perisher resort (http://www NULL.perisher NULL.com NULL.au/winter/info/new NULL.html).
The Perisher resort can be accessed from the ski tube which is only 5 minutes from Alpine Habitats. This is an excellent option for those who don’t want to drive in snow and icy conditions and if you have children with you then they will love the excitement of catching the underground train. Click here for more information on the ski tube. (http://www NULL.perisherblue NULL.com NULL.au/winter/transport/skitube NULL.html )