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Where to Ski Near Canberra in Winter 2022

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There's snow time like now to hit the mountains
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On top of the world in the Snowy Mountains
It's that time of year when the temperatures drop and the snow clouds roll in - ski season 2022 is nearly upon us. The New South Wales Resorts are geared up for a bumper season with the opening weekend usually the June long weekend, this year the lifts are slated to start turning at Perisher on 6 June and Thredbo on 11 June. Check in with the resorts closer to the June long weekend because the weather might have other ideas. If you're ready to make tracks, here is the low down on what each resort will be offering in 2022.

Perisher Resort

Opening 11 June 2022 - check which areas are open in the early season as snow cover may be limited.

With 47 lifts across four resort areas and 3000 acres of skiable terrain, Perisher Resort is the biggest ski resort in New South Wales. With a variety of difficulty levels as well as both kid's and adult's lessons, Perisher has something for everyone. Limited parking is available onsite or you can take the skitube from Bullock's Flat ski tube station. The resort has four main areas Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Guthega and Smiggin Holes.

Perisher Valley

Perisher Valley has a range of runs to suit everyone from beginners to advanced sow bunnies. Front Valley is home to a terrain park and Australia's only Superpipe if you want to pull off some epic tricks. For a unique experience, try the Neon Night Skiing (flares, fireworks AND snow!) available throughout the season. Not keen on downhill skiing? You can also try snowshoeing and there are marked cross country ski trails if the downhill action is not your pace.

Guthega

Offering 16 runs from green to black, Guthega offers panoramic views across the Kosciuszko range. It also has some great on-snow and accommodation options if you want to make the most of your time on the slopes.

Smiggins Holes

Smiggins is the best spot in Perisher for beginners and bad weather days. It is a 'bowl' configuration so all runs return to the same spot with the benefit of protecting visitors from the worst of the brutal mountain weather. For something different, on Wednesdays from early July Smiggin Holes lights up for the kids with free night skiing & boarding on Zoe's Carpet 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Blue Cow

With a name that's hard to forget (it's named for the English shorthorn cattle that once called this mountain home), Blue Cow is accessible by Skitube. You can ski straight out the door and hit up the range of Green and Blue runs including Zali's, Pleasant Valley and Roller Coaster and for the daredevils, some great Black runs such as Kamikaze and Show Boat should get the blood pumping!

Thredbo

Opening date 11 June 2022.

Thredbo is a European style postcard-pretty village clinging to the side of a steep hill. Home to 50 runs including the longest ski run in Australia, it has some beautiful lodges offering accommodation on or near the snow to choose from. As well as skiing and boarding, Thredbo offers boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, an indoor swimming centre and even a sled track.

The most unique dining experience at Thredbo is the Eagle's Nest, famed for being Australia's highest restaurant. You can find it at the top of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift where you are guaranteed amazing views looking out over the slopes back toward Thredbo Village.

The apres ski is a huge part of the Thredbo experience and you're guaranteed a pumping nightlife and plenty of seasonal events to have you feeling schnapps-happy on top of the world.

Charlotte Pass

Opening 12 June 2022

Charlotte Pass is completely snowbound over the winter so the only way in or out is by Oversnow Transport (included as part of your resort package). At 1765 metres, it's Australia's highest resort so the snowfalls are consistent and natural. There is terrain to suit all skill levels and a range of ski-in ski-out accommodation options. The limited number of guests means Charlotte Pass offers a less hectic snow experience (and the chance of first tracks!) that is unlike any other.

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Hit the slopes near Canberra this winter


Selwyn Snow Resort

Mt Selwyn's ski facilities were completely decimated by fire over the 2020 summer. In exciting news, the brand new Selwyn Snow Resort is launching this year rejoining the options for skiers and borders. Selwyn is a perfect spot for beginners and families. As well as gentle slopes for skiing, there is a focus on snow play which bigger resorts tend to overlook. The new-look Selwyn has improved food and toilet facilities as well as state of the art snow guns to top up the cover when the snow-gods are being stingy. To learn more about the new Selwyn Resort, check out this feature article.

Explore the Backcountry

Want to explore beyond the resort area boundaries? The Snowy Mountains backcountry is wild, untamed and just waiting to be discovered.

Snowy Mountains Backcountry offer a variety of programs from Backcountry Introductory Tours through to advanced backcountry experiences including skiing, split boarding & snowshoeing.

Snowy Mountains Backcountry operates from the Guthega Mountain Centre in Guthega Village. They offer equipment hire including alpine touring skis, climbing skins, adjustable poles and snowshoes.

To make the most of this experience, it is recommended you have a suitable level of fitness and upper-intermediate skiing/snowboarding skills.

Corin Forest

Closer to Canberra, Corin Forest offers a good introduction to the snow with tobogganing, snow play and beginner lessons. Natural snow is rare but the snow play area is always covered during the season and makes a fantastic option for small kids or absolute beginners if you want to spend less time in the car.

Gear Hire, Parks Passes and Opening Dates

If you need to hire winter clothes, boots, skis or boards, you'll find plenty of options in Cooma, Jindabyne and some of the resort areas. It's generally cheaper to hire in Cooma or Jindabyne. Remember you'll need a National Parks Pass (available on entry to the Park) and you must carry snow chains (available in Cooma and Jindabyne) for driving in any non- 4WD vehicle in the Kosciuszko National Park during the ski season. The season generally runs from around the June long weekend 'til late September or early October depending on the weather gods. Check in with your destination resort closer to the season opening for updates then get ready to hit the slopes and enjoy all of the fun the snow has to offer this winter!
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Why? For some snowy fun.
When: From the June long weekend to the October long weekend weather dependent
Where: NSW Snowy Mountains
Cost: Varies per activity
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Good tips. Yes it's time to start getting those ski jackets and boots out for another season.
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5073) 88 days ago
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