It’s usually just outside Canberra on the way back from a two or three day trip to the snow that I ask myself the question: why didn’t I fly?
While I have done more than my share of road trips to both the NSW Snowy Mountains and Victorian Alps from Sydney there is something about flying that sits rather nicely with me.
It’s something to do with not feeling exhausted (there or on the way back), cutting a good chunk out of your travel time and not having to deal with thousands of people in their cars who have exactly the same idea of having a cheeky few days down the snow.
In celebration of such things our good friends at Regional Expresss (REX) have ponied up with four return airfares – two each from Sydney to Cooma and another two from Melbourne to Albury!
But they’ve had two feet and I’ve got nowhere to stay!
The snow’s coming and you don’t have a bed. Everywhere is full. But The Snow Gauge has run the rule over some left field options for NSW – they may not be the closest or always the absolute best but they can mean the difference between a riding a powder day – or just reading about it.
And they reckon a week in politics is a long time.
Have a look at what’s happened in our skifields over the past week and it’ll have you start thinking Donald Trump is the new normal.
There was the glorious day that was Wednesday 13 July that finished with up to 85cm of snow and a top temperature of -3.9 degrees all day at Perisher Valley. Then Saturday tipped out at 10.3 degrees. Tuesday had 21.6 mm rain. Friday is calling for tops of 7 degrees. After that? A lazy two feet of snow over a couple of days. Head hurt yet? Mine does.
So the deal is you’ve left it late again waiting for the perfect storm but are fast running out of options with Perisher, Thredbo and Jindabyne fuller than a centipede’s sock drawer. Here my friends are the alternatives …
When the snow goes things can be tough for mountain workers
They’re meant to be places of much envy with a lifestyle that so many aspire to.
For a season, or a complete lifestyle change, mountain towns in theory offer it all minus the beach and city.
Skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Biking, hiking and fishing in the summer. Partying – if you want to, sure.
But in a disturbing and must read article National Geographic lifts the lid on the reality behind many mountain towns.
The first flight to Cooma in three years. Here’s hoping there’ll be many more to come. Pic: Steve Cuff
- Currently 5 return flights a week Monday to Friday; rises to 9 seven days a week starting June 10 and then up to 12 from 4 July to October 2 (includes three return flights on Fridays and Sundays)
- Prices range from the $99 each way now and from $150 each way during the ski season
- You can take skis/snowboard but expect to pay $7.70kg after 20kg of luggage
- Brisbane flights to Cooma unlikely but Newcastle may be investigated
- Transfers from Cooma Airport-Jindabyne-Ski Tube-Thredbo should be operational by May. Expect to pay $35-55 each way.
After a three-year hiatus, flights from Sydney to the NSW Snowy Mountains resumed today and this time there’s some confidence they’ll be here to stay.
In a significant boost to Snowy Mountains tourism The Snow Gauge can reveal that flights from Sydney to Cooma will be starting again in June 2016. In better news still, a first ever commercial service from Brisbane to the snow-hub is also on the cards.
Speaking to The Snow Gauge, Snowy Mountains Airport Aviation Manager Paul Clarke said “we’ll have a service next year come hell or high water”.
Flying to the Snowy Mountains is set to become a lot easier if you are a skier