What better way to embrace the freezing weather than to go skiing down the snow-covered slopes in the Snowy Mountains.
Look, if you’re going to be cold you may as well be having a bit of fun at the same time. A snow trip is the best way to take advantage of the winter weather, look cute in some fluffy snow gear and have a blast skiing and snowboarding.
The Snowy Mountains is around a 7-hour drive from Singleton, a decent trip but achievable in a day, or you can stop of at one of the great little towns like Cowra or Canberra for a night’s stay to split up the travel.
There’re a few options for accommodation, but my suggestion would be to stay at the nearby town of Jindabyne, a beautiful town overlooking a lake and filled with bustling pubs for a hot meal and a beer.
Both Thredbo and Perisher are within driving distance of the small town, so chuck on your boots and take your pick of the two.
On the first day we visited Perisher Ski Resort, labelled the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, and boy did we have a ball (and a few falls).
As amateur skiers and snowboarders, we decided to take some lessons to start the day off. Quick and easy, we were up the mountain in no time ready for our first run down.
If you haven’t done it before, I would not suggest snowboarding down the mountain from the top after just a short lesson that morning. My mum thought it was a great idea and took out three small children and an instructor on the way down.
After a day of skiing, snowboarding, bruises and lots of laughter, there was no better way to finish it off than with a few rounds of cocktails at the nearby Man From Snowy River Hotel.
A quick trip back to town and we were exhausted. A day on the slopes really takes it out of you, especially if you’re a Sedentary Sally like me. I was asleep before my head even hit the pillow.
The next day, Thredbo was on the cards. Both ski resorts are great in their own way with Thredbo taking claim to a higher drop from the top of the mountain.
We got stuck right into it, no lessons needed, and jumped on the ski lift to head up the top. I should mention, the ski lift can be a bit tricky. You need to jump off it pretty quickly at the top so prepare yourself. Or like me, you can fall off numerous times before getting the knack of it.
Don’t have your own snow gear? Not to worry, neither did we. You can hire every bit of snow gear at both Thredbo and Perisher, from jackets and pants to snowboards and skis and even wrist guards for the less coordinated of the group. You can also book this equipment online to avoid the lines.
So, what are you waiting for? Book a weekend away or take the week off work for a holiday of snowman building, snowball throwing, snowboarding and skiing fun. It’s not an escape from the cold, it’s taking full advantage of it!