Recent snowfalls have already provided an extensive base snow cover across all the NSW snowfields with more predicted later in the week. All the ski resorts are geared up for the official opening of the 2015 ski season this weekend so here is a rundown on the NSW ski destinations.
With four interlinked resort areas, Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega, covers over 1,200 hectares of skiable terrain, the largest ski field in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 45 lifts can transport you to the heights throughout the complex and complement the terrain parks, the Superpipe and over 100km of cross-country trails so you will definitely find plenty of slopes and a wide range of terrain to suit your skill and style. Numerous lodges, hotels and apartments provide on-snow accommodation for the many visitors at Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega while the SkiTube Alpine Railway runs frequent services from Bullock Flat up to Perisher and Blue Cow for those who stay in Jindabyne or elsewhere.
Thredbo is the only ski resort that also has a significant year round population giving you activity options in both winter and summer. Thredbo skiing enjoys the highest lifted point in Australia, over 2000 metres, and the longest run, over 5km. Extensive snow making ensures great skiing even down to the village level. 15 lifts will carry you to a mix of green, blue and black runs.
In the warmer months there are plenty of options to suit whatever your pace. You can keep the adrenalin pumping with a wild mountain bike blast, explore the magic alpine environment as you climb to the top of Australia, try your luck at fly fishing or enjoy a round of golf on the highest course in the country.
Charlotte Pass Ski Resort is Australia’s highest ski resort in the heart of the NSW Snowy Mountains, with all accommodation and facilities ski-in ski-out. Completely snowbound at the top of Australia, Charlotte Pass is only accessible by Oversnow Transport. Six lifts carry you to the top of the ridges to ski back down to the village. The Kosciusko Chalet is the resort centrepiece with a number of lodges clustered around to form a small, intimate and self-contained village atmosphere.
Located in the northern Snowy Mountains near the old gold mining area of Kiandra, Mount Selwyn is the only family owned and operated ski resort and is aimed squarely to support the family and beginner market but still has a few ‘Black’ runs for the experienced. As well as the ski slopes Selwyn boasts dedicated toboggan and snowtube areas with the whole complex served by nine lifts. There is no accommodation but visitors can stay in the nearby towns such as Adaminaby, Tumut, Cooma or even Canberra.
Whichever resort you choose you will find a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience in the New South Wales snowfields…..
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