Looking for a quick trip away to get your blood flowing and heart pumping? The Snowy Mountains is only a five-hour drive from Sydney and the ideal pick-me-up weekend escape. Whether you’re after a low-key getaway, an action-packed itinerary or a little of both, you’ll find something right up your alley in this super cool ski town. Here’s why you’ll want to visit and how to get the most out of your trip
Here’s how to do a Snowy Mountains trip right…
1. Nourish your body with clean and energising foods
Nestled in Nuggets Crossing, CBD (Coffee Beats and Drinks) is where you’ll find where all the cool kids are hanging – and it makes quite the cup of coffee as well! If you’re a caffeine-lover, we suggest this cafe for a spot-on pick-me-up on your way up to the mountain.
Coming back from an early bird day on the slopes? Then head to the the award-winning Wild Brumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Café, which is surrounded by an absolutely stunning expansive sculpture garden.
2. Capture the moments with the right gear
For an adventure-packed itinerary, you’ll need any tech you carry to be lightweight, easy to use as well as crash-proof. We suggest getting your mittens on the Go Pro Hero 4. Not only is it conveniently compact, but it captures 4K Ultra HD video and liquid-smooth slow motion at up to 240 frames per second, which will come in handy when you’re zooming down runs. If you’re worried about dropping the Go Pro while you’re moving, then lock it onto the end of a 3-Way Mount (or as we nicknamed it, the selfie stick) to get an even better shot of yourself snowboarding.
Tip: We recommend you buy an LCD screen so you can see what you’re shooting and an extended battery so you have an extra four hours of continuous charge.
3. Grab your skis or board and experience the best the mountains have to offer
There are a few places to ski in the Snowy Mountains, but our trip this time was all about Thredbo. With impeccably-groomed runs and blue bird-sky days Thredbo was just the pick. You’ll love the one-on-one personalised lessons that offer the absolute best guidance on the snow. What’s even better is Thredbo’s new Leisure Centre. For anyone wanting to amp up their fitness off the slopes, you have the option to swim laps in the 50-metre heated pool (the only Olympic-length one from Jindabyne to Canberra), play all of your favourite games in the huge sports hall, have a hit of squash, climb the bouldering wall or even get down on your yoga mat or take a few boxing lessons.
But if being on the snow is what you’re all about, you’ll be amazed with the tip top rentals on offer, including ex-demo premium equipment (bonus!). Hate short runs? Did you know that Thredbo is home to the longest runs in Australia and has five of the longest trails in the country? That means you get more time to explore that terrain whilst giving those thighs a good workout.
4. Travel well with a safe and easy-to-drive car
We suggest the all new Mazda CX3. Not only is it the company’s first small SUV, but it’s a super sporty all-wheel drive, handles ice on the roads with ease, is smooth and easy to drive with it’s natural agility coming from their SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY. It also has a navigation system, parking sensors, rear camera, iStop, LED headlamps and (the bit we love most) its speedometer is lit up on top of your dash display (so Matrix-inspired). Built for the city and adventure, the cabin of the car can easily turn into extra storage, and the back seats fold down so you can store your boots and boards with ease. It only holds a relatively small tank of fuel, but that actually means the car is lighter, thus more fuel efficient. So stylish and cosy, the Mazda Cx3 gets a big thumbs up from us for a snow-packed adventure weekend away.
5. Hit the pillow in a good hotel
It’s all about the guest houses in the Snowy Mountains and Crackenback Farm was the standout amongst them all. Offering packages for one night, inclusive of accommodation, dinner and breakfast with a cosy fireplace, guest bar and loft-style rooms, this place was just the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day on the slopes. Oh, and if you love a good protein-packed dish, we highly recommend the fillet steak.
So whilst many of us are still sitting in our work chairs reading this story, we’ve managed to do the grunt work for you in narrowing down the best places to stay, dine and experience. We hope these recommendations will be a big help in planning your next snow adventure. Go on, go wild, gather your friends and head to the slopes!