Selwyn Snowfields Trip Reports

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Kelpieboy
15/10/19 - 10:21pm
Selwyn and Charlotte are chalk and cheese really ,very different.
14/10/19 - 12:20am
Kelpieboy: The black runs at Selwyn are barely blue at any of the bigger resorts ,more like slightly steeper greens to be totally honest ,and are very short. The actual steeper parts of the Selwyn blacks wouldnt be any longer than 100m before flattening out somewhat before another steeper dip. I reckon the green Discovery Trails at Perisher are more difficult that the Selwyn black runs as an example. That said ,Selwyn serves a purpose in the market. It is a great place to introduce people to skiing or snowboarding with its relatively easy terrain ,mostly uncrowded lifts ,budget priced tickets and is probably the friendliest snowfield in NSW. Its also good for a first up visit for those that haven't been on the snow for a while or if your coming back from a serious injury eg knee reco and is great for building confidence before attacking more demanding terrain at other snowfields.
Sounds like a good place to take my young kids to next year, either Selwyn or Charlotte Pass, let see how they go in Japan during Christmas, maybe they can skip the gentle introduction into the rough and tumble aussie ski resorts ;)
Kelpieboy
13/10/19 - 10:20pm
Jonkl: I heard the so call Blue and Black runs at Selwyn is more like Green and Blue runs respectively when comparing to the likes of Thredbo and Perisher, is this true?
The black runs at Selwyn are barely blue at any of the bigger resorts ,more like slightly steeper greens to be totally honest ,and are very short. The actual steeper parts of the Selwyn blacks wouldnt be any longer than 100m before flattening out somewhat before another steeper dip. I reckon the green Discovery Trails at Perisher are more difficult that the Selwyn black runs as an example. That said ,Selwyn serves a purpose in the market. It is a great place to introduce people to skiing or snowboarding with its relatively easy terrain ,mostly uncrowded lifts ,budget priced tickets and is probably the friendliest snowfield in NSW. Its also good for a first up visit for those that haven't been on the snow for a while or if your coming back from a serious injury eg knee reco and is great for building confidence before attacking more demanding terrain at other snowfields.
Noah
12/10/19 - 12:33am
Jonkl: Thanks , my little girl is already learning on artificial slope here in Brissy, so base on your scenario, she should be able to ski green runs when she hits the really slope in Japan during Xmas time...how exciting That's some cheap lift tickets, is that through Groupon or their own website?
Hi Jonkl, I didn't mean to suggest all kids will learn that way, but I think Selwyn is a really nice place for them to learn and I think my kids learnt to ski faster and were more confident because we started there. I bought the tickets on a 1 day sale through their website. Others have spoken about a good groupon discount, but I've never used that site. Even if you don't buy on sale, I think the tickets are pretty cheap if you're buying a week in advance and for multiple days and skiers.
7/10/19 - 7:57pm
Noah: Yes, 1 2hr lesson is all they needed, and I don't think the lesson was particularly useful. They spent the whole first day after that just going on the main hill with me. My kids aren't particularly athletic, but we all picked up skiing really quickly. I had snowboarded once 20 years earlier and used to roller blade and ice skate, so I get why I could do it pretty quickly, but they had only ever seen snow once before then and had never skied. I also wasn't particularly helpful beyond telling them to have a go and laughing at them falling because I had no insight into skiing beyond watching a youtube clip on how to plough. I can't guarantee that will be the case for others, but I'm sure that selwyn will be a great option for a beginner family. It has a gentle slope so kids don't feel intimidated. You can buy multiple $40 tickets and use it over multiple days. In my case I bought 12 tickets and used it for my family of four over 3 days. But I could have split that up or bought more tickets for more days. You just rock up on the day and tell them how many tickets you want to use and for how many consecutive days. Which reminds me, they're not the most efficient resort, so best to get there a little early on the first day to pickup the lift tickets, because otherwise you'll be waiting in line for a little while.
Thanks , my little girl is already learning on artificial slope here in Brissy, so base on your scenario, she should be able to ski green runs when she hits the really slope in Japan during Xmas time...how exciting That's some cheap lift tickets, is that through Groupon or their own website?
Noah
6/10/19 - 11:29pm
Jonkl: Just to be cleared, your kids never skiied before, had a lesson (full day or 2 hrs?), and was doing Blue runs at Selwyn second day, they must be good athlete That $40 ticket, can you purchase multiple tickets to use across several days? Did you visit during school holiday period? Just wondering if it would be good to go early season (just before July) or late season (Sept) Thank you for your very informative post
Yes, 1 2hr lesson is all they needed, and I don't think the lesson was particularly useful. They spent the whole first day after that just going on the main hill with me. My kids aren't particularly athletic, but we all picked up skiing really quickly. I had snowboarded once 20 years earlier and used to roller blade and ice skate, so I get why I could do it pretty quickly, but they had only ever seen snow once before then and had never skied. I also wasn't particularly helpful beyond telling them to have a go and laughing at them falling because I had no insight into skiing beyond watching a youtube clip on how to plough. I can't guarantee that will be the case for others, but I'm sure that selwyn will be a great option for a beginner family. It has a gentle slope so kids don't feel intimidated. You can buy multiple $40 tickets and use it over multiple days. In my case I bought 12 tickets and used it for my family of four over 3 days. But I could have split that up or bought more tickets for more days. You just rock up on the day and tell them how many tickets you want to use and for how many consecutive days. Which reminds me, they're not the most efficient resort, so best to get there a little early on the first day to pickup the lift tickets, because otherwise you'll be waiting in line for a little while.
6/10/19 - 10:46pm
Noah: My family and I learnt to ski at Selwyn, it was a great introduction to the snow. The main hill has easy t-bars and chairlifts which help to get kids used to both. It's also really easy to let the kids go free on the hill because it's impossible for them to get lost and you can keep an eye on them. It's not very busy and everyone is relaxed there. My kids were doing the blue runs there on the second day after a single lesson. Just came away from the three days enjoying skiing and feeling confident. Went to Thredbo and Perisher after that and all but the black runs were fine for my girls. They do a $40 ticket day in February which you can use any day of the season, so look out for that, I'm sure someone here will post it when it comes up (it was on the 22nd of Feb this year). I think they also have pretty reasonable package deals. Lots of good accommodation options in Adaminaby, Anglers Reach and Talbingo which are all about 40 minutes drive from Selwyn. It's an easy drive in, I needed snow chains last year, but the road wasn't hazardous. Parking is close and easy. There's good hire options at ampol adaminaby or let's play at Talbingo, if you're staying that side. I liked Adaminaby more. Nice to get a house with a woodfire heater for a warm end of day. You can get accommodation for about $180 a night in a 3br home. A nice idea might be to do a trip to Selwyn early in the season and, if kids are confident, book one of the bigger resorts later in the season. Try to book when the whole of the resort is open because if the back runs are closed (kangaroo ridge) then there probably wouldn't be much for the people who have skied before. They had good cover most of the year the last two years but it is lower than thredbo and Perisher. It's all grassy hills though so a little snow covers a lot of selwyn. They also do a lot of snowmaking but the backruns both rely on natural snowfall. From my observations this year, Kangaroo ridge stays open around two weeks after a reasonable dump of snow. Selwyn closed a week earlier than the other resorts this year with all of the snowmaking runs open on the last day. Pack a lunch and leave the bag on one of the tables, either inside or outside.There are signs saying not to, but everybody does. There's only one food outlet there serving standard stuff. Families and newbies everywhere so take a relaxed attitude to the speed of chairlifts as little kids struggle to get on and off. Use the wombat t-bar on the main hill instead of the chairlift for less time waiting. Having been to Thredbo, Selwyn and Perisher now I'd choose Selwyn for kids skiing for the first time. Smiggins at Perisher is apparently alright for new skiers (it was closed when I went earlier this week), but I don't think Friday Flat is anywhere near as good as Selwyn to learn to ski. And neither of those options will be as cheap as Selwyn.
Just to be cleared, your kids never skiied before, had a lesson (full day or 2 hrs?), and was doing Blue runs at Selwyn second day, they must be good athlete That $40 ticket, can you purchase multiple tickets to use across several days? Did you visit during school holiday period? Just wondering if it would be good to go early season (just before July) or late season (Sept) Thank you for your very informative post
Noah
6/10/19 - 10:20pm
Jonkl: I heard the so call Blue and Black runs at Selwyn is more like Green and Blue runs respectively when comparing to the likes of Thredbo and Perisher, is this true?
Yeah to an extent, but if you can do blue and black runs at Selwyn you're going to be able to ski at least the easiest blue runs at the other resorts, and probably pretty quickly move on to the harder blue runs after that. My family did a 3-day trip to selwyn last year and a 3-day trip this year and we went straight to the merritts area of Thredbo and were quickly onto blue runs after that. Selwyn runs are really short, so the biggest difference is just getting used to the size of the mountain at the other resorts and learning to be aware of other skiers. I don't think there would be much of interest to experienced skiers at Selwyn, but if you feel confident skiing the runs at Selwyn then you'll be fine at the bigger resorts.
Noah
6/10/19 - 10:12pm
Jonkl: Hi everyone, we are a new snow loving family and just started our journey of snowboarding and skiing. Been to Perisher couple of times this season and it was quite good, pricing seems reasonable as we went during Sept. Next year, will be taking our two little Miss along, 4 and 5, and just looking at options. Seems like Selwyn and Charlotte Pass are decent mountain for little kids to learn their trade, comparing to Perisher and Thredbo?? Hoping to get some pointers if its worth it to visit Selwyn or Charlotte Pass next year, lift prices, and area to stay? Also driving condition, ease of access and generally how much snow do they get over he course of the season? Many thanks in advance
My family and I learnt to ski at Selwyn, it was a great introduction to the snow. The main hill has easy t-bars and chairlifts which help to get kids used to both. It's also really easy to let the kids go free on the hill because it's impossible for them to get lost and you can keep an eye on them. It's not very busy and everyone is relaxed there. My kids were doing the blue runs there on the second day after a single lesson. Just came away from the three days enjoying skiing and feeling confident. Went to Thredbo and Perisher after that and all but the black runs were fine for my girls. They do a $40 ticket day in February which you can use any day of the season, so look out for that, I'm sure someone here will post it when it comes up (it was on the 22nd of Feb this year). I think they also have pretty reasonable package deals. Lots of good accommodation options in Adaminaby, Anglers Reach and Talbingo which are all about 40 minutes drive from Selwyn. It's an easy drive in, I needed snow chains last year, but the road wasn't hazardous. Parking is close and easy. There's good hire options at ampol adaminaby or let's play at Talbingo, if you're staying that side. I liked Adaminaby more. Nice to get a house with a woodfire heater for a warm end of day. You can get accommodation for about $180 a night in a 3br home. A nice idea might be to do a trip to Selwyn early in the season and, if kids are confident, book one of the bigger resorts later in the season. Try to book when the whole of the resort is open because if the back runs are closed (kangaroo ridge) then there probably wouldn't be much for the people who have skied before. They had good cover most of the year the last two years but it is lower than thredbo and Perisher. It's all grassy hills though so a little snow covers a lot of selwyn. They also do a lot of snowmaking but the backruns both rely on natural snowfall. From my observations this year, Kangaroo ridge stays open around two weeks after a reasonable dump of snow. Selwyn closed a week earlier than the other resorts this year with all of the snowmaking runs open on the last day. Pack a lunch and leave the bag on one of the tables, either inside or outside.There are signs saying not to, but everybody does. There's only one food outlet there serving standard stuff. Families and newbies everywhere so take a relaxed attitude to the speed of chairlifts as little kids struggle to get on and off. Use the wombat t-bar on the main hill instead of the chairlift for less time waiting. Having been to Thredbo, Selwyn and Perisher now I'd choose Selwyn for kids skiing for the first time. Smiggins at Perisher is apparently alright for new skiers (it was closed when I went earlier this week), but I don't think Friday Flat is anywhere near as good as Selwyn to learn to ski. And neither of those options will be as cheap as Selwyn.
6/10/19 - 10:03pm
Snow Blowey: Selwyn is small but the whole lace is beginer friendly. Think a bit steeper than friday flat and about 5 times as big. Good for learners because its cheaper and less crowded with more beginer terrain. CP is bigger again but probably almost exclusively medium sort of terrain, Similar its not crowded so good for starting off.
I heard the so call Blue and Black runs at Selwyn is more like Green and Blue runs respectively when comparing to the likes of Thredbo and Perisher, is this true?
Snow Blowey
6/10/19 - 9:14pm
Selwyn is small but the whole lace is beginer friendly. Think a bit steeper than friday flat and about 5 times as big. Good for learners because its cheaper and less crowded with more beginer terrain. CP is bigger again but probably almost exclusively medium sort of terrain, Similar its not crowded so good for starting off.
6/10/19 - 8:46pm
Hi everyone, we are a new snow loving family and just started our journey of snowboarding and skiing. Been to Perisher couple of times this season and it was quite good, pricing seems reasonable as we went during Sept. Next year, will be taking our two little Miss along, 4 and 5, and just looking at options. Seems like Selwyn and Charlotte Pass are decent mountain for little kids to learn their trade, comparing to Perisher and Thredbo?? Hoping to get some pointers if its worth it to visit Selwyn or Charlotte Pass next year, lift prices, and area to stay? Also driving condition, ease of access and generally how much snow do they get over he course of the season? Many thanks in advance
21/9/19 - 9:34am
Going by the snow report issued this morning last weekend for the season for Selwyn.
Noah
15/9/19 - 9:12pm
Lady Penelope: I was tossing up going to Selwyn today (to use my Groupon half price lift ticket which i havenít been able to use yet for reasons beyond my control) but went to Thredbo instead. This picture appears to vindicate that decision!
Yeah, I would have gone to Thredbo, too. If you get a day soon and you have to use it and you don't have other options it won't be disastrous, the 'black runs' at the back are open and described in snow report as 'excellent'. Teleroo said the skiing was good there prior to the last snow. The main hill will also be fine, though you'd get bored of that pretty quickly. They all had snow makers on them all season. But the nice blue runs through the trees that link to those black runs don't get snowmakers and I wonder if they'll be open again this year? So might just be best to make a trip soon to take advantage of the runs that are open and currently in better condition then they will be as time goes on. Looks like next (and perhaps last) chance of snow is 22nd/23rd but that doesn't look to be enough to open the back areas because Selwyn is too low and is likely to get more rain than snow.
Lady Penelope
15/9/19 - 8:41pm
Noah: just over a week and all that snow is gone, doesn't last long in spring, the back runs are all closed:
I was tossing up going to Selwyn today (to use my Groupon half price lift ticket which i havenít been able to use yet for reasons beyond my control) but went to Thredbo instead. This picture appears to vindicate that decision!
Noah
15/9/19 - 8:09pm
just over a week and all that snow is gone, doesn't last long in spring, the back runs are all closed:
teleroo
7/9/19 - 6:36pm
Noah: I've missed Selwyn, thanks teleroo. Do you have any pics of prior to the snow earlier in the week? Interested in what sort of condition it got to.
Sorry didn't take pics coz was a bit sad and I new better things coming. Actually, not that sad really, home run run was grassy, powerline was grassy and 50 percent cover up the top of township. But the main Township run still had full cover, new chum Bowl still had full cover as did racecourse. They've got a 50cm packed base under these runs, so they stood up to the warm temps. Snow quality was mashed potato after lunch though, as expected. But fantastic this weekend, and not busy at all.
Noah
7/9/19 - 6:30pm
teleroo: Selwyn looking great today. Snowed consistently throughout the day. All good to go. Enjoy the pics.
I've missed Selwyn, thanks teleroo. Do you have any pics of prior to the snow earlier in the week? Interested in what sort of condition it got to.
teleroo
7/9/19 - 4:57pm
Selwyn looking great today. Snowed consistently throughout the day. All good to go. Enjoy the pics.
teleroo
4/9/19 - 5:42am
I'm up there tomoz till Monday. Will try for a few photos. If forecast snow arrives they should be back to 100 percent and late next week should be optimal if you can't get there Mon or Tuesday.

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