School Excursions to the

Snow

The Snow

Take your students to experience the snow during winter and early spring. Choose from a SKIING experience or a SNOW PLAY experience.
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Skiing Experiences

There are two kinds of SKIING experiences:

A multi-day ski trip:

Most commonly for high school groups, a multi-day ski trip includes three or more days skiing / snowboarding at your choice of one of the three NSW ski resorts and staying at a suitable location in the Snowy Mountains. This allows participants to progress from basic skills to beginner ski runs. 

A one-day, beginner ski experience as part of your Canberra excursion:

Some groups travelling to Canberra want to give their students a one-day, beginner ski experience. This is best achieved by staying overnight at a suitable location in the Snowy Mountains and collecting your ski gear in the evening prior to your ski day.

Snow Play Experience

A snow play experience is easily incorporated as a day tour within your Canberra itinerary and is popular with primary and high schools alike. Each of the NSW snow resorts are three hours’ drive south of Canberra and they offer different activities.

A simple “snow-play” experience includes hire of snow clothing & free time to build a snowman, throw snowballs, make a ‘snow angel’ and take photos.

Additional activities vary between resorts and can include a scenic chairlift ride for foot passengers (non-skiers), snow tube rides, tobogganing, indoor heated pool and sports hall.

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Alpine Environment - Educational Experience

Additional Snowy Mountains learning opportunities can be added to your ski or snow play experience.

National Parks and Wildlife Service offers several school excursion programs all year round at their Kosciuszko Education Centre. Engage your students in the Kosciuszko Gameshow, watch the ‘Spirit of the Snowy Mountains’ video featuring the natural and cultural heritage of the Australian Alps.

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre view a short film about the Snowy Hydro Scheme. Take your turn on the “power bikes” and see if you can peddle hard enough to power a TV, make some toast or boil a kettle.

Choice of three NSW Ski Resorts

Choose from three different snow resorts, with a range of activities available at each:

    • Selwyn is a great option for school groups, with friendly, helpful staff and plenty of on-site coach parking.
    • Selwyn offers beginner ski lessons, a toboggan park and a snow tube park. 
    • Ski lessons are significantly cheaper at Selwyn than at the other two snow resorts and are available Sunday to Friday – not available on Saturday.
    • Snow play groups can visit Selwyn as a day tour from Canberra. 
    • Cooma is a suitable base for accommodation if you plan to ski at Selwyn.
    • Thredbo is spectacular and a great option for school groups with friendly staff and on-site coach parking.
    • Thredbo offers beginner ski lessons and snow play. NOTE there is no tobogganing allowed at Thredbo. 
    • There is also a foot passenger chair lift which is a fabulous experience for non-skiing groups. 
    • An added draw card for Thredbo is the indoor leisure centre with heated pool and sports hall. It must be pre-booked as a part of your snow day and is a great back-up plan in case of poor weather or an alternative for those students who, after their ski lesson, want to head indoors!
    • For a small fee upgrade to include the inflatable slide in the heated pool, called “Mission Inflatable”! (Note: Children aged 12 years and under are required to perform a 25m swim test and must be over 1.20m tall)
    • Snow play groups can visit Thredbo as a day tour from Canberra.
    • Jindabyne is a suitable base for accommodation if you plan to ski at Thredbo.

 

 

    • Perisher Blue has traditionally been a popular choice for school groups.
    • All-day coach parking is no longer an option at Smiggin Holes or Perisher.
    • Groups travel to Perisher via the Skitube from Bullocks Flat. This means that you need to carry everything with you that you may require during the day including ski or toboggan equipment, first aid kit, day bags etc.
    • Perisher offers a range of activities: ski lessons; tube town; tobogganing area; scenic chairlift for non-skiers (Monday to Friday only and not in school holidays). 
    • Perisher Lift and lesson tickets are more expensive than the other two snow resorts.
    • Snow play groups can visit Perisher as a day tour from Canberra (via the Skitube from Bullocks Flat)
    • Jindabyne is a suitable base for accommodation if you plan to ski at Perisher.

General Information

    • Our coach drivers are all ‘Snow-Licensed’ and experienced. 
    • Our vehicles all carry the correct snow chains as required by law
    • Our coaches take you right to the snow at your choice of Thredbo or Selwyn Ski Resorts
    • Travel by Skitube from Bullocks Flat to Perisher Resort 
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