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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group Guided

Highlights:

  • 6 day itinerary
  • See snowgum trees covered in icicles
  • Snow covered plains stretch to the horizon
  • See Australia’s highest mountain
  • Snowshoeing is as easy as walking
  • Build a snowman and maybe even a snow cave

Overview:

See the Snowy Mountains in a different light on a snowshoeing tour. Snowshoeing is just like bush walking on top of the snow covered ground. Modern snowshoes are easy to use. They are lightweight and have a small profile, unlike the bulky ones of the past. You simply strap them onto your hiking boots and start walking, with the assistance of a couple of stocks (poles) for balance.

It’s fun, leisurely and lots easier than skiing. And once you’re going well on easy terrain, we’ll teach you more techniques for slightly steeper gradients. Don’t be concerned about getting cold. We’ll keep pretty active so, with good walking clothing, you’ll stay warm and cosy.

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More on what you'll see

Our base is below the snow line, overlooking Lake Jindabyne. Each day we’ll travel to the alpine ski areas of Perisher, Thredbo or Blue Cow and head off away from the crowds. Exactly where we go will depend on the local weather conditions as we’ll be seeking out sheltered spots with good snow cover. On some days we’ll ride the underground Ski Tube train and on others a chairlift.

The Snowy Mountains alpine landscape is transformed after a snow fall. The unique snowgum trees look particularly magnificent as their branches are weighed down with snow and their smooth trunks change to brilliant orange, green and red hues. Waterfalls freeze and streams flow beneath a layer of clear ice.

There will be a chance to build a snowman and you could even help your guides to dig a snow-cave!

Recommendation: Take some extra time in Canberra before or after this holiday to enjoy Floriade, a fabulous flower festival with something to interest everyone.

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More Details

Location

Starts and finishes at Canberra airport, with an earlier pickup at motel in Queanbeyan.

Grading

Snowshoeing will be new to some people so we’ll start out on nice easy terrain and gradually build up to harder walking. This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

We will be based in the lakeside town of Jindabyne for all 5 nights, staying in luxury self contained apartments in a waterfront resort.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Canberra, 5 nights accommodation, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, hire of snowshoes and stocks (poles), local transport on Skitube and chairlifts, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Early spring is the best time. There’s still plenty of snow around and the winter weather is usually finished. It can actually be surprisingly warm during the day time!

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

The area is noted for fresh Snowy Mountains trout and tender high country beef, and also boasts the highest winery in the country.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

Starts at Canberra airport at 12.00 noon, with an earlier pickup in Queanbeyan. Travel to Jindabyne. Gear check and snowshoe fitting session.

Days 2 - 5

Each day we’ll travel to the heart of the mountains, to either Perisher, Blue Cow ski or Thredbo alpine resorts. We’ll use a mixture of transport including the underground Ski Tube train, chairlifts and the bus. Our choice of snowshoeing routes will depend on the weather and snow conditions.

We expect to walk alongside alpine streams, amongst huge granite boulders, through fields of snowgums and to the summit of some of the smaller peaks. We’ll also aim for Mt Kosciuszko Lookout and the headwaters of the famous Snowy River.

Day 6

Travel back to Canberra airport, to arrive by 12.00 noon.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Lorraine Evans – September 2015, Snowy Mountains Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing surpassed all my expectations, our guides organised each day with a perfect balance of rest and recreation.
Each new day was better than the day before. Scenery was spectacular.
For me the holiday was just perfect. So thank you so much to Denise and Gavin for making the trip so special.
I reckon Sue and I will be back! Might have to try Falls Creek next!

Snowy Mountains Snowshoeing

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$ 2595 per person twin/double share
$ 655 Single Supplement (private room)

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