Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Australia's Snowy Mountains

Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:51am EDT
 
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PERISHER, Australia (Reuters Life!) - Holidaymakers tend to head to the beach when they venture to Australia but the "land down under" also boasts an active ski season that runs from June until early October at the country's eight ski resorts.

Got 48 hours to spend at Australia's Snowy Mountains? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge give skiers and snowboarders tips on how to get the most from a weekend trip to the New South Wales resorts of Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Selwyn:

Friday Evening: Traveling to Perisher, the biggest Australian alpine destination, takes about six hours to drive from Sydney or about 2.5 hours from Canberra. Various bus companies also provide coach services to the snow.

Visitors can stay on the snow at Perisher but can't park in the resort overnight so have to park at the nearby Skitube car park at Bullocks Flat and take the train up to the resort which is at 1,720 meters.

Alternatively visitors can stay down the mountain at nearby Jindabyne which is a 30 minutes drive to the resort or just 15 minutes from the Skitube. Accommodation at Jindabyne tends to be cheaper than staying at the resort.

Check out Australia's different resorts at Snow Australia's new website wwww.snow-australia.com which has snow cams broadcasting live to give people the real-time conditions at each resort.

Dinner and bed, ready for two serious days on the snow.

Saturday 7.30 a.m. - Eat a good breakfast before heading to the Perisher Center where visitors can hire all the equipment and even clothing needed for a couple of days on the snow.

9.30 a.m. - It's the morning lesson time for beginners or less experienced skiers or boarders who want to build up their skills. The 2.5-hour lessons are led by instructors from all over the world. Alternatively sign up for the 12.30 p.m. group lesson or a private lesson. Lift passes for the day cost from $102 for adults and $56 for children.   Continued...

 
<p>Skiers on the ski-fields at Perisher in The Snowy Mountains are seen in this undated handout photograph obtained July 30, 2009. Holidaymakers tend to head to the beach when they venture to Australia but the "land down under" also boasts an active ski season that runs from June until early October at the country's eight ski resorts. REUTERS/Perisher Ski Resort/Tony Harrington</p>