There’s no doubt the winter chill has well and truly hit, and if you’re keen to take your kids to enjoy the fresh snowfall, look no further than Canberra.
I love the idea of taking the kids to the snowfields, but have always been put off by the distance and the fear that we’ll get there, be booked in for a week only to discover after day 1 that it’s a disaster and they hate it. Well, if you’re like me and want to try a more manageable and flexible snow trip, Corin Forest (about 40 minutes outside of Canberra) is the perfect place for a first snow experience. And we LOVED it.
We drove to Canberra and booked ourselves in to stay for 2 nights. We were looking forward to snow, but we also felt reassured knowing that if all else fails and there’s no snowfall, there is heaps to do in Canberra with children (ours are 4 and 6).
Lucky for us, there was plenty of the white stuff. At Corin, you have loads of options for all levels of experience and for what you’re looking for. In one part of the recreation area you can do Learn to Ski, and in another you can book yourselves in for Snow Play, which is a 2 1/2 hour session where there’s a gentle slope which is great for a tobogganing and there’s plenty of space to build a snowman and have a snowball fight. Two and a half hours plenty of time – in fact, it can be quite tiring for young kids. For the adventurous ones, there’s also an alpine slide. And even if there hasn’t been a natural fall of snow, there are snowmakers generating the artificial stuff so no one misses out.
It’s $15 each for snow play and $5 to hire a toboggan. We only hired one and we should’ve got two – we all wanted a go! You can also hire boots, pants and jackets if needed, and these are really a must. The snow does melt a little bit and gets wet; jeans and gumboots don’t really make the grade. People wear them of course, but it looks cold. Don’t forget your beanie and gloves also.
You can take your own food, but there is also a cafe there and the food is nice, but expensive. If you do indulge, I recommend the super sized marshmallows for toasting on the open fire.
For school holidays, pre booking online is essential. Each session has a maximum number and they do sell out. There are 3 x 2 1/2 hour sessions a day.
Corin Forest is a fantastic place to test out the snow on small kids. Even though we used it as a test run to see how we went in the snow, we’ll be back. There’s so much to do in Canberra as well, it just seems silly not to.
Hours: 8am-5pm, seven days
Getting there: Corin Forest is 45 minutes drive from central Canberra
3 SESSIONS DAILY
8:30am – 11am
11am – 1:30pm
2pm – 4:30pm
Snowplay Ticket – $15 per person
Toboggans $5 each
Snow boots $10
Jacket and pants $15