Introduction to the Snowy Mountains
Used to images of a sunburnt land, international visitors from the northern hemisphere are often surprised and bemused to learn that it snows in Australia. In the high country of the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales, Australia does indeed receive flurries of the white stuff during the official snow season from the first week of June to the first week of October. However, due to the low height of the Snowies and their proximity to the equator, this natural snowfall is notoriously unreliable so resorts have invested in snowmaking and grooming technology to ensure adequate cover and smooth runs. Nevertheless, it’s snow in Australia and the locals love it!
Kosciuszko National Park is the largest national park in New South Wales and encompasses Australia’s highest mountain of Mt Kosciuszko at 2,228 metres as well as the resorts of Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Mt Selwyn, each offering a different snow experience for ski bunnies and powder hounds alike. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, you can also go snowshoeing, tobogganing, tubing, horseriding, hiking and cycling in the pristine alpine environment.
As one of the few places in Australia that really does experience the four seasons, the Snowy Mountains comes alive in winter. Think getting caught up in the addictive rush of carving up the slopes, stunning alpine scenery, warming up by open wood fires, and an après ski party atmosphere with schnapps, mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer. While some resorts are winter-only destinations, some are also open all year round for scenic drives, bushwalking, climbing, watersports, fishing, mountain biking and other outdoors activities.
Whether you’re a ski novice, a seasoned boarder, or simply want to touch snow for the first time, there’s a tailor-made winter wonderland waiting for you in Australia’s stunning Snowy Mountains. Just follow the snow…