Information on all things snow!
Whether it is your first time or a return guest, the following information will provide you with all our tips & hints for your snow holiday.
First time to the snow?
Coming to the snow is all about planning! The more you have pre-planned the easier your holiday will be! The first question is to ask yourself are you coming for snow play or do you want to try skiing or snowboarding, or both?
Snowplay requires the basic warm clothing which includes-
Waterproof Jacket & Pants [can be rented] – Rubber-soled & waterproof boots or snow boots [can be rented]
Waterproof thermal gloves [purchased from $15+] – Warm hat or beenie [purchased from $15+]
Snow goggles for those blizzards [purchased from $30+] – Thermal undergarments if you feel the cold!
A toboggan for some fun [can be rented]
We also advise you to bring a ‘Thermos’ or something you can put some warm hot chocolate in for your day on the snow. Taking some light snacks and chocolate bars will also build up your energy.
Where to Snowplay?
Dead Horse Gap [Map LINK] is a favourite out of the way spot to try some snow play or build your snowman.
Perisher has an area called ‘Tube Town’ where you can buy tickets to be taken up a small hill to slide down on inner tubes – see LINK
Please make sure you have read our section on Winter Driving – see LINK to get to either of these two areas.
Where to buy?
Monchichi Souvenirs & Gifts – Nuggets Crossing
ESS – Accross from our office.
Aldi – When they have their annual ski sale
Want to try Skiing or Snowboarding?
This takes a little pre-planning to make it run smoothly!
First, you will need the equipment as above in our Snowplay section.
Second, you will need to visit our recommended ski hire & retailer ESS Boardstore to arrange the rental of your skis or snowboard. A rental ski package will include skis, boots & ski poles. You can also add your clothing to the package. The rental technician will fit you to the ski boots. Take your time as you will be in the boots all day so make sure they are comfortable. Do them up and walk around the shop for 5 minutes before deciding. If uncomfortable swap them over to another size or brand. Rental packages can be 1 day or multi-day hire.
Your skis will have ‘bindings’ on them to connect you to the skis. These are a safety mechanism that is programmed by a trained technician to your height, weight & skiing ability. Should you have a fall the skis come off for your safety. Only use the skis that are yours. Do not swap them to another member of your group.
If you want to try snowboarding the technician will set up your boots to your snowboard. The same applies to the boots as above. Make sure they are comfortable! The board has a binding but it is not a safety binding. At ESS you can swap between ski & snowboard during your stay.
Helpful Hint: When in the mountains and you are going for a break or lunch ‘split’ your skis. This means take 1 ski and place it some distance from the other ski. This helps stop someone from picking up your skis by mistake, or worse?
Ski or Snowboard Lessons & Lift Tickets
Got your rental gear? Now its time for a ski or snowboard lesson & a lift ticket? The resorts of Thredbo & Perisher both have great ski schools for all abilities. We highly recommend a Thredbo lesson to get you started or to hone your skills even if you are already a skier. Should you have between 2-6 in your group, consider a ‘Private Lesson’ where you have only your group with your own private ski instructor. By having a private lesson you have the best ski lift priority so you get more out of your lesson with not having wait in line for a chairlift.
Resorts cater for children & adults with their class lessons of between 2 hours and 1/2 day in duration. Kids can do a full day with lunch included
For the largest & we consider, the best snow equipment rental in the Mountains, we recommend ESS Boardstore located across the road from our office! One of our staff will try to personally introduce you to the team in the rental section.
DEMO SKIS – If you have your own equipment consider renting a pair of top of the line demo skis. ESS has the major brands and should you decide to purchase will usually take the rental off the retail price.
Helpful Hint : If your car is a small one and you do not have room, it may be worth considering renting your equipment on the slopes
at either Thredbo or Perisher. Both have huge rentals and usually, you can package your lift tickets and hire with lessons.
You can also leave your skis or snowboard in a locker and you only have to bring your boots back to your Jindabyne accommodation to warm up for the next day.
Don’t forget you must pay to take a vehicle into the National Park. Winter fees:
Winter (Alpine Way, Kosciuszko Rd and Link Road) From start of June long weekend to end of October long weekend: $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day (24hrs).
All Parks Pass – For all parks in NSW (including Kosciuszko NP) $190 (1 year) / $335 (2 years)
If you are looking to buy a set of ski boots after renting, the Last Run Boot Fitting Clinic is located inside the Ray White Jindabyne office. The clinic is the best place to have them fitted and you may just bump into a World Champion or Olympic medal holder getting their boots fitted! Appointments are a must for this exclusive service. These can be made at the front desk of our office.
Start your holiday planning on the right path by renting a Jindabyne holiday apartment or holiday home from Snow Escape Holidays.