NSW Snowfields School Tours & Ski TripsThe Educational Tour Specialists
School Excursions to the Snowy Mountains
An invigorating outdoor holiday destination, the wonderful Snowy Mountains invite visitors to ‘come up to the roof of Australia for a breath of fresh air’ at any time, not only for the fun of winter sports but also for summer activities – the walking, fishing, camping and sightseeing are superb.
Reached from Sydney via the Hume and Snowy Mountains highways or from Canberra via the Monaro Highway, this beautiful region encompasses Mount Kosciuszko (2228m), the country’s highest point, surrounded by hills and valleys, sparkling rivers and streams, natural and artificial lakes, silent bushland and breathtaking views.
Much of this alpine wonderland is protected by the vast expanse of Kosciuszko National Park, the State’s largest national park. Tucked into this pristine area are the alpine resorts of Thredbo, Charlotte Pass, Perisher Blue, and Selwyn Snowfields – names particularly well known to winter sports enthusiasts. Gateway to these resorts is the town of Jindabyne, located on the shores of man-made Lake Jindabyne.
To find more information on visiting the Snowy Mountains go to Visit NSW. You can download our brochures to view important details or contact one of our friendly consultants 02 9540 0999. We look forward to planning your school’s next journey!
Activities & Attractions at the Snow
There are various school activities to be undertaken when in the Snowy Mountains. These range from general snow play, tobogganing, ski tubing, skiing and snow boarding – all of which can be organised by our Snow School Tours team.
The Snowy Hydro Scheme is located in Cooma and provides a hands-on experience regarding this elaborate system. Students can learn about engineering, water conservation etc.
There are three predominant ski fields available for students to participate in snow activity. These include Perisher Blue, Selwyn Snowfields & Thredbo:
Selwyn Snowfields is widely regarded as the premier learn-to-ski, family and school group snow recreation area in the NSW Snowy Mountains. We are committed to providing the most affordable and friendly snow school tour experience, with our group prices nearly half those of other NSW resorts. With some of the best beginner’s terrain in the Southern Hemisphere, first timers will learn quickly with the help of our friendly and professional instructors.
While Perisher is a really large resort, moving from point to point on a Perisher school trip is quite easy. Skitube between Perisher and Blue Cow Mountain is free with a valid mountain pass and runs regularly between the two resort areas. A free shuttle bus circuits between Perisher Valley and Smiggins Holes from 7.30am and 6pm daily and runs till 11pm on Tuesday and Saturday for night skiing and boarding. All four mountain bases are interlinked by Green runs so even new skiers and boarders are able to move between them quite easily. Perisher’s network of chairlifts is supported by surface lifts as well. So on windy days when the chairlifts might be on hold, you can still rely on T bars to move you around. Always carry a trail map when riding the slopes.
Thredbo’s impressive location makes it a destination with a difference. It is nicely tucked up in the southern end of the majestic Kosciuszko National Park, which is the largest in NSW. From the top of Thredbo’s year-round chairlift you are only footsteps from the beautiful High Country. As you skip across the range you will encounter amazing natural features, Australia’s highest peaks, glacier lakes and the head waters to the famous Snowy River.
What’s On In The Snow?
The Snow season in NSW in effect operates from the June long-weekend to October long-weekend each year. Outside of this time snow cannot necessarily be guaranteed nor do lifts operate for skiing purposes.
Activities more suitable for the warmer conditions may be undertaken such as bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding, water skiing, rafting or visiting trout farms.
Thredbo is very picturesque in the warmer periods offering amazing flora and fauna to view.
For further information regarding events log on to Destination Jindabyne.
School Group Accommodation at the Snowfields
Throughout the Snowy Mountains the accommodation available offers cabin style, motel or dormitory style. Accommodation is available in Cooma, Berridale, Jindabyne or at the snow fields of Perisher and Thredbo which although convenient can be quite an expensive choice for school groups.
The properties range in quality from comfortable 2 star budget accommodation in Jindabyne village centre to stunning 5 star superior chalet accommodation both in and out of Jindabyne. In size they range from cosy bedsits to spacious 5 bedrooms, resorts, hotels, bed & breakfast and lodges. Then there is the decision of where to stay, town centre, close to the nightlife and shopping, outside of town or the Alpine Way. Whatever your requirement there is bound to be something to suit your needs and budget.
Meal packages are available for school groups.
Coach transfers are made from Canberra daily, offering day trips or overnight stays depending on your group’s needs. Transfers to the Snowy Mountains via coach from Canberra – allow approximately 2.5 hours travelling time.
Ski gear and clothing hire can be arranged for your group at Ski Co. located in Cooma en route to the Snowy Mountains. Ski Co. offer 24 hour pick-up which suits groups travelling through the night, coach parking at the door and very competitive hire rates.
Well organised and extremely flexible staff. We needed to change our ski location at the last minute and it was done without drama. Coach drivers were courteous, generous with their time and performed all duties professionally.
With over eighty students and staff, one would expect hiccups along the way. Our trip ran smoothly from the minute we boarded the plane until we arrived back home.
Well done, UnEarthed!