What's on at the snow: New South Wales 2015


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What's on at the snow: New South Wales 2015

We take a look at fun on and off the snow in Thredbo, Perisher and Jindabyne.

The resorts' opening weekend from 5 to 8 June comprises live entertainment, fireworks and the first runs of the year. The Perisher Peak Festival will feature 120 performances and 35 artists during the four-day event as well as free night skiing, scenic chairlift rides, fireworks, poetry readings and kids' events. Thredbo's Opening Weekend promises to be a winter wonderland of activity and excitement. There will be live music, entertainment and parties.

Get a new perspective on sliding down the hill with a tube ride. (Image supplied courtesy of Perisher Ski Resort.)

A snowy holiday isn't just about shredding your way down the slopes. Jump abroad one of Perisher's snow groomers on a Tuesday or Saturday night for a guided Groomer Tour. Or take a scenic chairlift ride over Front Valley for an afternoon of sliding down a hill in Tube Towni.

Thredbo's social and snow sport events calendar is not to be missed. The Thredbo Snow Series is the chance for professionals and newcomers to test their skills across five events during the season: Rails Event under the lights on 17 July, Olympic Slopestyle on 24 July, Ridercross on 14 August, Banzai off the Bluff on 21 August and the Big Air Finale on 4 September. The One Hit Wonder Big Air festival promises to be one of the highlight events. By day the skies will be filled with professional big air skiers and by night DJs and live bands get the party started every night from 9 to 13 Septemberii.

The Station in Jindabyne has live entertainment on a regular basis. (Image supplied courtesy of Perisher Ski Resort.)

Jindabyne is the gateway town to Thredbo and Perisher and has lots of accommodation. The town comes alive in winter: there are restaurants, bars and events, as well as shopping and ski hire. The Banjo Patterson Inn, The Station and the Lake Jindabyne Hotel offer regular entertainment. To mix it up with the locals, why not find a trivia night and buy some tickets in the meat raffle!

If you're up for an adventure, head out on a cross country ski or snow shoeing trip through the back country of Kosciuszko National Parkiii . Lake Crackenback Resort hosts a celebrity chef dinner on 15 August and you can enjoy Austrian fare and have a schnapps tasting at the WildBrumby Schnapps Distillery: both are on the Alpine way between Jindabyne and Thredbo, close to the Skitube bottom terminal.

Charlotte's Pass and Selwyn Snowfields are great alternatives to the larger resorts and have a range of events on during ski season.

The NSW snow fields are a moderate drive from Sydney with plenty of places to stop and sightsee along the way. These events and activities are just some of what the NSW Alpine Region has to offer during the 2015 ski season.


iPerisher 2015, Snow experience – scenic chairlift rides and snow play, viewed 1 May 2015,
http://www.perisher.com.au/tickets-passes/snow-experience.html

iiThredbo 2015, One hit wonder mountain festival, viewed 4 May 2015,
http://www.thredbo.com.au/one-hit-wonder-festival/

iiiOffice of Environment & Heritage Kosciuszko National Park, viewed 4 May 2015,
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkSnowSports.aspx?id=N0018