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To see snow for the non-skier

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To see snow for the non-skier

We would like our 2 girls aged 8 and 9 to see snow as they have yet to see it. Where and when would tbe a good weekend trip? We live in Sydney NSW. Any suggestions much appreciated.

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1. Re: To see snow for the non-skier

If you just want to see snow I suggest that your best choice would be Mt Selwyn. It is a lot cheaper than the other ski reorts, Thredbo, Perisher/Smiggins and Blue Cow.


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2. Re: To see snow for the non-skier

Selwyn is a great choice. It's a good family resort and as BigW already said, it's cheaper than the other resorts. Our kids learned to ski there and we had a great time on the tubing hill and tobaggoning as well.

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Whilst the above 2 replies are pretty spot on in respect of the nsw snowfields, its not always necessary to travel that far.

Its not unusual for snow to fall in the upper blue mountains or oberon area which is considerably less distance to travel. Trouble is, its not always there.

Perhaps being flexible might be the go & if there are reports of snow in blue mountains you are only 2 hrs away.

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4. Re: To see snow for the non-skier

loulou, as the other poster suggested if it is purely to see snow, then i would just wait till winter time and most winters there will be a snowfall up around lithgow, katoomba, upper blue mountains.

but if youd like to play around in the snow go skiing, toboganning, there will be plenty enough for them from mid june through to late august in all the major snowfields. thredo is great for learners with a gentle hill for the kids to begin with. there are some greta places to stay in threddo, which is more easily accessible than perisher. nothing like waking up and seeing the snow all around you.

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5. Re: To see snow for the non-skier

Up until a couple of years ago we were non skiers who simply liked to experience the snow, touch it, look at it (some of us even tasted it). We stayed at Lake Crackenback resort which is in a valley just before Thredbo. It rarely actually snows down there but the Skitube taking you up to Perisher was an easy walk away and once up there we would let the kids play around and we would sit back in a cafe and sip on hot chocolate! When we were all over it we would simpy get on the tube and get back down to the resort. Also sometimes we drove to Thredbo (be sure to have chains in the car. You will be advised if you need to fit them however this is quite rare)Thredbo has a multitude of cafes and restaurants to sit back and admire the snow capped mountains and surrounding ski fields. The actual Lake Crackenback resort is absolutely stunning it is definitely worth the trip in itself. Also a fair bit cheaper than staying on the snow and if you wont be skiing then theres really no point paying a premium and being pretty much trapped in your overpriced apartment.

Lots to do at Lake Crackenback incl nature walks with lots of wildlife and many interesting attractions nearby. Check it out


Also we discovered that Falls Creek in Victoria is the only place in Australia one can go on a snowmobile tour. Perfect for a non skier!!! You basically sit on a motorised cart thing (kind of like a jet ski on snow) and ride around following a tour guide who points out interesting things. This was definitely one of the most interesting things weve done in this diverse country of ours.

Again to avoid being trapped in an overpriced apartment up in the mountains we recommend staying at Svarmisk in Mt Beauty very nice and unusual Swedish design apartments perched ontop of a hill overlooking a beautiful township. The snow is a very scenic 15 minute drive away. Many cafes at Falls creek to enjoy a cup whilst the kids frolick around in the snow.


Good luck both are fantastic places! Let us know how you go.

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