The easiest option for skiing in the Snowy Mountains is to arrange a ski package departing from Sydney or Canberra – always check exactly what’s included in the price. Be aware that snow conditions can let you down and that the resorts’ interpretation of “good” conditions may not match yours, so check an independent source like the excellent ski.com.au (which also has links for accommodation) before you go.

The longest downhill runs are at Thredbo (thredbo.com.au), while the Perisher Valley/Mount Blue Cow/Smiggin Holes/Guthega complex (known as Perisher; all one lift pass; perisher.com.au) is the largest and most varied; other resorts include family-oriented Selwyn Snowfields (selwynsnow.com.au), in the far north of the park, and Charlotte Pass (charlottepass.com.au), which has more advanced runs. If you have your own equipment and vehicle, and don’t need a package, check out the resort websites for details of lift pass prices and lift-and-lesson deals. Resorts are generally child-friendly, particularly Thredbo’s Friday Flats area and Perisher’s Smiggin Holes.

The Paddy Pallin Mountain Adventure Centre (1800 623 459, mountainadventurecentre.com.au) in Jindabyne runs all manner of cross-country ski trips, plus mountain biking in summer. Sydney-based Ski Kaos (02 9908 8111, skikaos.com.au) offer two-day deals, to which you’ll have to add food, lift pass and equipment costs.

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