Picture perfect slopes of white powder, runways of snow lined with native gums and alpine resorts where skiers of all levels can have a new adventure every day. These are but a few of the things that await every family embarking upon a ski trip to the Snowy Mountains this winter.
Transcending borders of Northern Victoria and Southern NSW, the Snowy Mountains are a treasure of a tourist destination. Kick back with a glass in Tumbarumba, the wine-making area or take the chair-lift up to Eagles Nest in Thredbo. Every ski region has their fair share of leisurely as well as adrenaline-pumping activities on offer.
Before you hit the slopes this ski season, make sure you are prepared. Here are some tips that can make your Snowy Mountains ski trip affordable and one to remember.
Where to set up camp
When it comes to choosing a location within the Snowy Mountains to set up camp, you really are spoilt for choice.(Image by Joel)
Thredbo – Located a short drive from the Thredbo ski fields, Thredbo Diggings campground is a simple spot that offers amazing mountain views. The sites are not powered and you need to bring your own drinking water and firewood to keep warm. It is wise to check the weather conditions before camping as the road to the site can become closed during heavy snow and rain.
Perisher – Kosciuszko Mountain Retreat has 15 larger powered sites that sport hot water, campfires, a dry-area to hang your wet ski clothes and a kiosk and guest kitchen. The site also offers 20 per cent off ski and toboggan hire.
Jindabyne – Located at the gateway to the Kosciuszko National Park, Jindabyne Holiday Park hosts free wifi, a games room, as well as kayak and fishing hire. Powered sites between July and August cost $55AUD a night and $35AUD for an unpowered site.
What to bring
Bring attire that can be used to shield you top-to-toe from the cold such as thermal ski jackets, gloves and insulating undergarments. You can hire much of this gear in towns such as Cooma or Jindabyne; just remember that you may end up paying more in these places because of their proximity to the ski fields.
Getting there and away
One great way to see the Southern Alps in comfort is to hire a campervan, such as those by Maui. The vehicles have all the creature comforts of a hotel room, including beds, entertainment and a cooking facilities and well as the convenience of being able to easily stow your ski gear wherever you are. Maui’s diverse range of motorhomes begin from about $1,500 per week. This is great value for money considering all the comforts and conveniences that you’ll need throughout the trip will be at your fingertips.(Image by loyd siesta)
Secure a sweet ski deal
Shop around for deals online or at travel agencies so that you can enjoy the best of the Snowy Mountains pleasures for the lowest prices possible. For example, take Snowy Mountain Holiday Centre’s two-day ultimate beginner package for just $161 for children and $211 for adults. This deal includes a 2 day ski pass and lesson as well as equipment hire.
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