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Skiing in Oz - late August

post #1 of 9
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I just received an invitation to speak at a conference in Sydney in late August. Can anyone tell me what the skiing opportunities might be like in terms of quality as well as proximity to Sydney at this time of year?

Thanks, Si
post #2 of 9
depends .....

Skiing is 5 hours south of Sydney on a freeway with the base town being Jindabyne and access to two large (by Oz standards) resorts, Thredbo & Perisher Blue. PB should have the best skiing at that time of year. Conditions are "what you find on the day" BUT August is the best month. Late August is usually as good as it gets BUT that depends on what happened prior to August. Peak season, avoid the weekends, bring sunscreen, rent skis and marvel at a very different skiing experience. Take a few days to enjoy the region, maybe get in some trout fishing on Lake Jindabyne and sink a few schooners at the Brumby Bar with the locals. The Brumby is also a pickup joint ...... for friendly Yanks on holiday

Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 9
As Oz says it is quite possible to drive from Sydney, provided you are comfortable with driving on 'the other side of the road'. Accomodation is fairly tight as August is peak season so you would need to make arrangements soon.

If you decide to come to PB let us know as I am sure there are a few Australian Bears who may be available to show you around. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #4 of 9
If you base yourself at Jindabyne, you can sample both Thredbo and Perisher Blue.
Thredbo is the go if you want to stay in a ski village, but its ski runs come down much lower than other resorts, and it suffers. Late August is the pick of the season, it's your best bet for decent coverage and sunny weather.
There's some Australian forum participants who ski Thredbo, too, so you've got buddy options at both resorts.

Or, from Sydney, you can fly to Victoria as Mt Hotham now has an airport!
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help! If I go I don't think I'll have a lot of time for a holiday unfortunately. Also, I'v also had a lifelong desire to visit New Zealand. If I were able to fly to one location in the mountains from Sydney (assuming it wasn't too expensive) where would be THE place to go? Also, would skiing be the thing to do or am I missing out on something else quite spectacular? I know that Australia and New Zealand are noted for many natural features so perhaps I'll get differing opinions but this is a great way to learn a little bit more, especially since I don't presently have a lot of time to read up on travel opportunities there.
post #6 of 9
Some New Zealand advice if you are thinking of crossing the Tasman sea.

Air NZ fly direct Sydney/Queenstown return on Saturdays, about a 4 hr flight, leaving and arriving at respectable times of the day. Not sure but during winter they may fly mid week. Queenstown has two ski areas, Coronet Peak and Remarkables. Wanaka is only an hour away and has two ski areas, Cardrona and Treble Cone (my favourite). Spend some time in both these places and you won't be disappointed. I prefer the two Wanaka ski areas, usually more reliable snow cover.

If you don't fly direct to Queenstown, then you'd fly to Christchuch and drive for 4.5 hrs to get to Wanaka.

Wanaka and Queenstown are popular tourist destinations all year round, so you get to see some of the most beautiful areas in NZ as well. The towns are below the snow line, so you can still do things like mountain biking, hiking, bungy jumping and lots of other adrenalin junkie activities. There are also vineyards in Queenstown/Wanaka, producing some very nice wines. What more do you need.

Some links (Coronet Peak and Remarkables)

What is the scenery like - spectacular. A lot of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was filmed in this area. For scenery in this area, and other parts of NZ, check out

Air New Zealand web site is
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Julie!

Certainly an intriguing prospect. I will definitely check out the sites.
post #8 of 9
Well, I hate to say this but why not spend your time here doing something diffrent. Yes I know that is sacriledge but...well Australian mountains are fun, and afterall skiing is skiing, but you do have to be lucky as to whether or not you get good snow here.If you did come I would suggest Thredbo due to the length and quality of runs etc. Why not spend your limited time seeing some of our unique attractions eg The Great Barrier Reef, Ayres Rock etc
post #9 of 9
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Sound advice Twynam. Skiing and mountains are my passion and it would be a lot of fun to get some easy turns in August when my buddy, Bob Peters, is struggling to find a patch to keep his continuous skiing string going : Were I to only have a few days I think I would follow your advice. Originally I was just wondering how far skiing was from Sydney to see if I could easily sneak away for a day. In actuality I am thinking of turning down the offer to speak as I don't think I can find much extra time to explore the exciting environment you have down under at that time (son leaving for college). There will hopefully be other opportunities, though. Way back in college I worked things out to graduate a term early and had a three month trip planned to New Zealand and Australia. Unfortunately that trip got canned as well. This time I won't wait another 30 years to reschedule!
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