With the colder months on the way, it’s time to start thinking about your winter holiday! If you’re keen to take your kids to the snow, The Snowy Mountains are about a five hour drive from the North Shore. You can either stay at the popular Jindabyne (a 20 minute trip to the ski fields) or at one of the ‘ski in ski out’ Chalets directly on the slope. But book your trip ASAP, as these hotels book out quickly over the snow season. If you need to rent your snow gear, pop by Jindy Snow Ski Hire!
Have a read through our list below and click on any links to quickly shoot to that listing in the guide:
- Raine & Horne, Snowy Mountains (apartments & holiday homes)
- Visit Snow Mountains, Thredbo Village (luxury 4.5 & 5 star)
- Snowbound Chalets, Thredbo Village (1 to 4-bedroom chalets on the golf course)
- Ski In, Ski Out Chalets, Thredbo Village (5 star 1 to 4-bed chalets)
- Candlelight Lodge, Thredbo (original lodge)
- Edelweiss Hutte, Jindabyne (holiday house)
- Jindy Snow Ski Hire (ski hire company)
Raine & Horne Snowy Mountains, Jindabyne
Raine & Horne Snow Mountains have a large variety of apartments and holiday homes across the snowy mountains. There are fantastic stand-alone chalets in Thredbo which offer easy access to the lifts and have a unique village atmosphere. There are also units in Jindabyne, a 20-minute drive to the mountain. They also offer the full package with lift tickets, ski hire, transfers and daily ski lessons.
There is a plethora of activities in the snowy mountains. Take a day off skiing or boarding to explore the wilderness on horseback, or explore the culinary delights of the Alpine Larder or Wild Brumby Distillery along the Alpine Way. If the weather comes in and you just want to have an indoor day, head to the Thredbo Leisure Centre and have some fun in the indoor pools, waterslide, mission inflatable or even the rock climbing wall.
About the area
Thredbo has something for everyone. Whether you are a beginner learning on the gentle slope of Friday Flat, stepping it up a gear at the Cruiser intermediate area or having a crack at some of the most advanced terrain in the country, Thredbo has trails for all standards.
- Address: Shop 1 Town Centre, Jindabyne
- Website: Raine & Horne Snowy Mountains
Visit Snowy Mountains, Thredbo Village
Visit Snowy Mountains is a specialist luxury accommodation provider in Thredbo. The 4.5 and 5 star apartments and chalets have all the creature comforts of home including fully equipped gourmet kitchens, Foxtel, free wifi, board games for the kids, full dining facilities, drying areas for when you get off the mountain.
Visit Snowy Mountains offer accommodation throughout the whole of Thredbo Village including Woodridge, directly next to the beginner and kid friendly ski slopes. From Chalets with breathtaking panoramic views of Australia’s high country to chalets nestled in snow gums- Visit Snowy Mountains has the right accommodation for you.
Head on over to the designated snow play area for hours of fun for all ages! Take a toboggan, build a snowman or have a snowball fight. Take advantage of the programs Thredbo has to offer. Such as skiing and snowboarding lessons, whether it be a group or private lesson, or ski school and Thredboland there is a program suited for everyone.
You can discover Kosciuszko National Park and Thredbo Resort. The Resort is split into two main areas, Friday Flat and Thredbo Village. The Village end of the Resort includes bars, restaurants and shops as well as access to the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift.
About the area
Thredbo is an alpine village and ski resort in the Snowy Mountains of southeastern Australia. The Kosciuszko Express chairlift provides access to ski runs and offers panoramic mountain views year-round. The Mount Kosciuszko summit walk leads to the top of Australia’s highest peak. Wildflowers dot the mountains of Kosciuszko National Park in spring and summer. The trout-filled Thredbo River winds through the village.
- Address: Shop 2 Mowamba Place, Thredbo Village
- Website: Visit Snowy Mountains
Snowbound Chalets, Thredbo Village
Snowbound Chalets are idyllically located on the Thredbo golf course. The chalets vary in size, from 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom properties. Each chalet comprises of spacious living and dining areas, gourmet kitchens and beautifully appointed bedrooms. Most Chalets boast views of the golf course or the stunning valley and feature the finest inclusions; security parking, spa baths, drying rooms, laundry and balconies with BBQ’s.
Being only a short walk from your Snowbound Chalet to the famous Thredbo super-trail, you are able to clip in and ski straight down to the lifts. It is hard to overlook Snowbound accommodation with all the necessities plus more on offer; Snowbound Chalets are truly a home away from home.
There are a range of activities to enjoy whilst visiting Thredbo. Right on your doorstep is the golf course, covered in snow during winter it is your own little piece of a winter wonderland! Take a toboggan, build a snowman or have a snowball fight- hours of fun for all ages.
Skiing and snowboarding is available for all levels of riders. Take advantage of Thredbo Ski School, they offer a range of lessons suitable to all ages and skills, from group to private lessons and Thredboland there is something for each family member to enjoy.
Thredbo Leisure Centre: enjoy the heated pool on a blizzard day or jump around on the indoor trampolines if you feel the need to get in from the cold!
During the summer hike to the top of Australia, enjoy a walk and take in the scenery, wildflowers dot the mountains in Spring and Summer and are a wonderful site. Mountain biking for all levels of riders and there is an obstacle courses for the little ones, gentle easy trails, the pump track and extreme downhill riding. Other activities include tennis, the skate park, basketball, spring free trampolines, table tennis and kids play park.
About the area
Thredbo offers first time skiers and boarders a dedicated beginners area at Friday Flat. It is serviced by the ski school and a low speed quad chair, and a conveyor lift. For Intermediate skiers and snowboarders there is the Crackenback Supertrail, a 5.7km run from the highest lifted point in Australia to the base lodge has wide well groomed runs. Merritts area also offers some great runs. Advanced skiers and snowboarders will love Funnelweb, Cannonball and Michael’s Mistake.
- Address: 1 Crackenback Drive, Thredbo Village
- Website: Snowbound Chalets
Ski In Ski Out Chalets, Thredbo Village
Ski in Ski Out Chalets offer privately owned boutique accommodation, located on the famous Thredbo super-trail. Thredbo super-trail and the luxurious chalets are truly ski in-ski out. Ski In Ski Out Chalets offer the only accommodation in the Snowies to be rated 5 stars by AAA Tourism, the organisation which operates the well respected and widely known rating system on behalf of Australia’s motoring organisations.
There are 25 large, fully equipped 2, 3 and 4 bedroom chalets offering all the comforts of home; gourmet kitchens, drying rooms, underfloor heating, spa baths and much more. 5 Stars confirm that you will be staying the lap of luxury. It is easy to see why Vogue rated these luxurious chalets as the place to stay in Thredbo.
Snow holidays at Ski In Ski Out are also very child friendly. All the chalets are spacious with plenty of room for the whole family. Even if you or your little one needs to head home for a quick nap, you can still feel like you are part of the action right from you living area. Ski In Ski Out accommodation offer views of the ski run, where you are able to watch the rest of your family ski on by from the comfort of your lounge. These chalets are truly a home away from home.
Children love snow play, just as much as they love learning to ski. There are many activities to keep your little ones entertained such as building a snowman at your front door, meeting the resident wombats and other wildlife at dusk, jumping into your Jacuzzi with your kids at the end of a hard day on the slopes (where you can enjoy a nice glass of wine).
Why not catch the mini bus for a free ride around Thredbo Village, stopping at Friday Flat for a warm donut and hot chocolate, you can even visit the new designated toboggan area which now also includes spring free trampolines.
Thredbo Leisure Centre also offers a whole range of fun filled activities for the children including the waterslide, mission inflatable & climbing wall.
Thredboland is for 3-6 years old and is specially designed to not only teach the kids how to ski but it stimulates the child’s imagination, encourages learning and creates intrigue.
Watch one of Thredbo’s finest traditions, the flare run and fireworks from your very own balcony on Saturday nights or let your kids be part of the action on Thursday nights in their very own flare run and fireworks.
About the area
Wake up and look out your window as the sun rises and the overnight snow fills the trees. There is no better feeling then knowing you will experience first lifts by clipping on your skis at your front door – a unique experience for your whole family.
- Address: 20 Crackenback Drive, Thredbo Village
- Website: Ski In Ski Out Chalet
Candlelight Lodge, Thredbo
Special Offer: “Stay 5 Pay 4 PLUS a $100 bar voucher” for the arrival on any of the following Sundays 16/7, 23/7, 13/8 and 20/8.
This includes Sunday to Thursday accommodation in a family suite, full cooked breakfast daily, $100 bar voucher, 2-course dinners on 3 of the 5 nights of your stay and access to all lodge amenities. Valid for Winter 2017.
Candlelight Lodge is one of the original lodges of Thredbo and has a warm tyrolean atmosphere. There are 14 guest rooms, 6 of which are family suites with separate bedrooms for adults and kids. You have a great view of the slopes from all the rooms.
The restaurant and bar feature a mix of euro-alpine and Australian specialties. Kids love our Jägerschnitzel with house-made noodles and for dessert the Kaiserschmarrn (pancakes with a twist). Enjoy a game together in the lounge/bar while our chef cooks for you! Why not some table tennis and a sauna before dinner? There’s also a free DVD and Xbox library. (Xboxes are in family rooms)
The little one will love Thredboland where they spend the day learning to ski or enjoying intermittent ‘indoor time’ to warm up while playing/drawing and eating good food and hot chocolate! The 7 to 14 years will love ‘Freeriders’ where instructors will group them by age and ability and then teach to ski and snowboard while they explore the mountain. Heaps of fun everyday and good new friends to be made! Afterwards there is always the waterslide and Mission Inflatable at the Thredbo Leisure Centre.
About the area
Being located in the heart of Thredbo Village, Candlelight is just a few minutes walk from Kosciuszko Express chairlift. Alternatively the free shuttle bus stops right at the door and will ferry you to all lifts and to the children’s ski school area at Friday Flat. The toboggan park is also close by.
- Address: 32 Diggings Tce, Thredbo
- Website: Candlelight Lodge
Edelweiss Hutte, Jindabyne
Winter Special Offer: 25% discount on ski hire (skis, snowboards, snow chains, toboggans, clothing and apre boots). Summer Special Offer: $75 BYO linen discount when you bring your own sheets and towels.
Edelweiss Hutte is a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom duplex located on a quiet street at the top of Jindabyne that can sleep up to 9 people. This cozy European style cottage is great value for families and includes a kitchen, laundry facilities, ski storage and off street parking. Downstairs consists of an open plan kitchen living dining room, main bedroom, bathroom and laundry.Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms and the 2nd bathroom. Complimentary wifi is included and the house is pet friendly with a 50m2 secured yard.
The Snowy Mountains region offers a range of activities for all seasons including skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, downhill mountain biking, horse riding, water sports, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing, wake boarding, swimming, boating and camping.
During summer a popular ‘bucket list’ activity is to walk to the top of Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) which is a family friendly 5 hour 12km return walk from the top of the Thredbo Kosciusko Express chairlift.
About the area
Edelweiss Hutte is located in a quiet residential street in Jindabyne and is only a 30-40 minute drive to Thredbo or Perisher Ski Resorts. Jindabyne is part of the Snowy Mountains region which is 2 hours south of Canberra and a 5 1/2 hour drive from Sydney. Jindabyne town surrounds the beautiful Lake Jindabyne and has an array of restaurants, dining and shopping. The Kosciuszko National Park is a 10 minute drive which makes Jindabyne a perfect base for exploring the regions many natural attractions
- Address: 26 Mitchell Circuit, Jindabyne
- Website: Edelweiss Hutte
SNOW SKI HIRE
Jindy Snow Ski Hire, Jindabyne
Family owned and operated since 1985, this will be Jindy Snow Ski Hire’s 33rd ski season. Specialising in serving families and individual travellers so you never have to compete with large bus groups, their belief is ‘high care/low volume’ instead of the other way around. They take the time to make sure your boots fit just right, your skis are maintained and set up correctly, and they even give you a proper snow chain demonstration on your own car in the car park in front of the store. Simply put, Jindy Snow Ski Hire love the snow and love sharing it with you!
Jindy Snow Ski Hire can assist with providing rental equipment:
- Snow Play: Toboggans, Apre Boots, Snow Jacket & Pants.
- Skiing: Skis, Boots & Poles, Snow Jacket & Pants, Helmet.
- Snowboading: Snowboard & Boots, Snow Jacket & Pants, Wrist guards, Helmet.
- Snow Shoeing: Yowie Snow Shoes, Poles, Snow Jacket & Pants.
- Splitboarding: Splitboard, Skins, Telescopic Poles.
- Driving in National Park: Diamond Pattern Snow Chains.
- You can also find essential accessories such as goggles, gloves & beanies.
Jindy Snow Ski Hire is located at the Snowy Valley Centre (MOBIL) in East Jindabyne about 5 minutes before the main township of Jindabyne. There is plenty of parking right out front, so you won’t have to battle it out in the busy car parks in town. Once you leave the store it is another 40km (approx. 40 minutes) until you reach either Thredbo or Perisher Ski Resort.
The national park boundary is located 10km past Jindabyne and it is compulsory for all 2WD vehicles to carry snow chains (from June long weekend to October long weekend). You only put them on when told to by RMS officials.
- Address: 5334 Kosciuszko Rd, East Jindabyne
- Website: Jindy Snow Ski Hire
Have you taken the kids to the snow before? Where did you stay? Do you have any hot tips for snow holidays with kids?