Snowy Mountains Weather Guide
The Snowy Mountains region has an alpine climate with a distinct winter and summer season. In the New South Wales high country, only the peaks receive consistently heavy winter snow with the official ski season usually beginning around the first long weekend in June and lasting until the long weekend in early October although snow has been known to fall in December and January – the height of summer! Even without the white stuff, the summer months are still a great time for active holidays in the Snowies with heaps of outdoor activities, events and picturesque sights to enjoy.
Season and Clothing
Summer: November to May
With a mid-latitude mountain climate, the summer season in the Snowies is mild where temps on a dry, sunny day can reach as high as 30 degrees Celsius but the nights are still cool. Summer is a great time to hike to the peak of Mt Kosciuszko, check out the alpine wildflowers in bloom, go horse riding and mountain biking, and try heaps of watersports in Lake Jindabyne. Autumn sees the Snowies host a variety of events including the Ultimate Snowy Challenge in March and Thredbo Jazz Festival in May.
Average temperatures: -1 – 19 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm and waterproof jacket, jeans, pants, jumpers, long-sleeve tops and trainers.
Don’t forget: Sunscreen, lip balm and good walking shoes.
Winter: June to October
While there is precipitation all year round here, the cold temps mean this falls as snow during winter in the Snowy Mountains. Expect rain, hail, sleet, snow, frost, strong winds and frequent blizzards during the winter season. This consistent snow cover is ideal for winter sports like night skiing, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. Winter is peak visitor season in the Snowies with the Snowy Mountains of Music Festival in June, Clicquot in the Snow in July and Cross Country Ski Week in August.
Average temperatures: -5 – 10 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Ski coat, thermals, wool socks, beanie, overpants and good shoes with grip. Jeans and warm layers for indoors.
Don’t forget: Sunscreen, fingerless gloves and hand warmers.