Five Of The Best Places To Take The Kids Skiing In NSW 2021
Hark the herald snow bunnies! The NSW snow season is upon us and winter is a wonderful time of year to enjoy magical moments in the snow creating memories to last a lifetime. The NSW snow season generally runs from June to October - perfect for a winter escape with kids during the school holidays.
Armed with our tips on taking kids to the snow, choose a destination that has something to offer every member of your family, be it an awesome kid's program or great-value accommodation, to really make your ski trip one to remember. Whether you’re a snow bunny planning to make snow angels or hope to dust those skis off and hit the sloped, here are our top picks for the best places to take the kids skiing near Sydney in winter 2021.
The Snowy Mountains are home to Australia’s greatest snowfields and there are ample accommodation options from chalets to serviced apartments. Thredbo boasts Australia’s longest runs and 40 hectares of white terrain. The new Merritts Gondola is the first (and only) alpine gondola in Australia which will take you up to the Cruiser area snow playground.
The resort offers fantastic ski and snowboard lessons including Thredboland and kids programs, plus there's a designated beginner’s area. If they have more energy to burn, Springfree trampolines are dotted throughout the resort and there's a Skate Park in the Village Green. The picturesque Alpine Village at the base of the mountain is full of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, and loads of activities to enjoy some downtime off the slopes. Don't miss the iconic Flare Run and the famous Fireworks Show for a magical Saturday night in Thredbo!
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Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere with four resort areas - Perisher Valley, Guthega, Smiggin Holes and Blue Cow - and over 3,000 acres of interlinked skiable terrain. Perisher Valley is a lively, exciting hive of activity with abundant areas for beginner and intermediate skiers. Guthega boasts a Freedom chair, on-snow restaurants and breathtaking views of the Kosciuszko mountain range, plus 16 runs to explore. Smiggins has a variety of restaurants and accommodation options and provides easy access to the other resort areas. Jump on the Skitube, Swiss-designed rack-rail train, to Blue Cow and ski directly out the door through a range of runs for all ability levels. The Skitube tunnel is Australia's longest transport tunnel and a resort highlight. It makes a great day-tripping adventure!
Snowmaking across the 53.4 hectares of the resort guarantees there will is fresh snow to enjoy all season. Perisher offers a range of safe ski lessons for children, plus a Cool Kids School Holiday Camp. If the kids need some time out while you're on the slopes, Perisher offers two-hour afternoon kids care. Snowy Mountains Babysitting also has an experienced team of carers throughout Perisher.
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3. Selwyn Snowfields
Due to the extensive damage sustained in the 2020 bushfires, Selwyn Snow Resort is currently undergoing a spectacular renovation and will be transformed into a brand-new resort with rebuilt guest facilities, upgraded chairlifts, expanded ski & snowboard hire and a range of exciting new facilities and experiences for families. Selwyn Snow Resort will be the first snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere to install state-of-the-art TT10 snowmaking machines!
The resort will feature unparalleled snow play experiences including Australia’s premier Toboggan Park with a dedicated 150 metre snow carpet and a ‘Winter Wonderland' - the first of its kind in Australia featuring a tubing carousel, skating rink with bumper cars, kids snowmobiles and a miniature enchanted village.
Please note: Selwyn Snow Resort is currently closed and reopening has been announced for Saturday 11 June 2022.
4. Charlotte Pass
Nestled in Kosciusko National Park is the fabulous snow resort of Charlotte Pass, Australia’s highest resort with some of the most consistent falls of natural snow. Charlotte Pass Snow Resort delivers a unique snow experience in the heart of the NSW Snowy Mountains. Completely snowbound, Charlotte Pass is only accessible by Oversnow Transport and offers ski-in ski-out accommodation and facilities. Whether you’re a beginner testing out your snow legs on Easy Starter, an intermediate carving up Kosi Coaster, an experienced skier looking for adventure on Sidewinder or a hardcore rider after an adrenalin rush at Guthrie’s Chutes, there is something for everyone!
At Charlotte Pass, children 4 years or under ski for free! Families will love the dedicated Kosi Kids snowsports program for children 3-13 years that offers a full-day program including lunch for both skiers and snowboarders. The resort also offers group lessons for skiers and snowboarders of similar age and ability. The unique Mount Stillwell Snow Experience will give you access to the very first untouched tracks of the day and the spectacle of the weekly flare run will light up the slopes. Don't forget to pack your favourite onesie for Onesie Wednesday!
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5. Corin Forest
Corin Forest aims to create a fun first snow experience close to home through the wonders of technology! It is the closest snowfield to Sydney and Canberra, and one of Australia's most affordable and accessible alpine resorts. This family-friendly snow park offers a broad range of winter experiences including learning how to ski and snowboard, toboggan riding and a purpose-built Snow Play area for endless snowman making! Kids will also have a (snow) ball riding the awesome 1.2km Alpine Slide through the gorgeous Mountain Ash forest.
The Corin Forest Ski Slope is designed for beginners to master the basics in no time and features an easy 'magic carpet' ski lift. There is a range of lessons at the Snow Sports School including Joey's Ski Club for little learners. Corin Forest has a cosy onsite cafe with a fireplace where you can roast marshmallows. We sent an ellaslist explorer to check out Corin Forest and she recommends it as the perfect way to introduce little ones to the snow! Read the Corin Forest review.
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Jun 12 2020
Please check the resort information before visiting any of these places. At the time of publication, Perisher is not currently offering any of their Discovery Kids or full day programs for children, and Tube Town is closed for the season. I imagine some, if not all, of the other resorts will be following a similar protocal.
Jun 12 2020
Check all ski field's actual websites. Perisher's Tube Town is closed for the 2020 season. See https://www.perisher.com.au/plan-your-trip/activities/snow-experience. Also no tobogganing or snow play is allowed anywhere on Mt Kosciuszko according to the National Parks & Wildlife Service.