TIPS FOR FIRST TIMERS TO THE SNOW
If you have never been to the snow before there are a few things you can do to make your experience the best. Getting all the gear together can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be expensive or hard.
Say you’re going skiing for the first time, you don’t want to invest in all the gear you need so we’d recommend hiring a ski package which includes your skis, boots, poles, jacket, pants and helmet. Or if you’re snowboarding, the snowboarding package includes boards, boots, bindings, helmet, jacket and pants. The gear you can’t hire and you can’t go without is gloves, goggles and socks.
Here are some of the best value for money:
Going to the snow is such an incredible experience. Being prepared is going to make it that little bit better. Download our checklist to make sure you don't forget anything: Snow checklist Here are some general tips to make the most of of your trip:
- If you have a friend with a Perisher pass you can get a mates pass, but you have to book this in advance. Get them to go onto their dashboard and send you an invite for a cheaper ticket.
- Leave early, get up there and enjoy the whole day, you’ll see the difference in the snow from morning to afternoon. And if you get to Perisher before 10:30 head straight to Mid Station and grab a hot choccie for $2.50.
- Keep your ski/snowboard boots in the front of your car, near your feet under the foot heater if possible.
- At Thredbo there are tissues in the lift lines. So handy, chuck a few in your pockets.
- Get snow chains. Chains for your car are often not necessary but it is illegal not to take them if you aren’t driving a 4WD. It is an unnecessary risk to take. Chains are $30 to hire for a day, $35 for 2 days… it is a cost that really isn’t avoidable.
- Book your hire in advance. The earlier you book the bigger discount you’ll get. Same with your accommodation. If you can't afford the accommodation on the mountains consider Jindabyne or Cooma.
- Dry everything, make extra effort to ensure your ski equipment and clothes are dry for the next day. You may be tired by the end of the day, but hang up your gear then relax.
- Pack lots of snacks. There is plenty of time on the chairlift to break out a snickers, anything that can fit in your pockets. But also, pack snacks and drinks for the drive.
- Slip, slop, slap. You need to protect your skin from the sun itself but when the sun is reflecting off the snow it becomes even stronger.
- Pop some anti-freeze into your windscreen liquid and in the radiator.
- Fill your car up locally. The local petrol stations, from Cooma onwards, will have alpine diesel.
- Get yourself some thermals, we have left this to the end because it isn’t an absolute must but you’ll thank us later. They keep you toasty and when the weather warms up they are far better than a cotton top. Thermals start from $39.99 for the 360 Polypro thermal but if you can stretch your budget the Le Bent thermals are a Merino, Bamboo blend and are incredible. They are $99.99 but worth every cent. The Mons Royale thermals start from $99.99 too and are also so amazing. They are colourful and warm, they can just be worn as a normal top.
Lastly, have a killer day. Laugh when you fall over and enjoy having a chat on the chairlift. Take in the views and remember that nowhere else in the world with snow gums.
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