1. SPECIAL NOTE TO NEW WEATHERZONE FOLK

    If you recently registered and have not received a confirmation email - please check your 'Spam or Junk' folders. Especially if your email is Hotmail. More help with confirmation issues

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice
  2. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Apr├Ęs topics or continue browsing and reading as a guest.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

Question Where to ski/snowboard for beginners

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by Anuj, Feb 10, 2019.

Tags:
  1. Anuj

    Anuj First Runs

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    2
    Hi guys,

    I have planned a one week trip to Snowy mountains this winter (end of june - hoping there's enough snow by then). I have been to snowy mountains once last year for 3 days (snowboarded for 2 days) but haven't learned properly. Went to perisher last time and found their beginners area a bit small and definitely too crowded. I want to know if there's a better alternative for me to learn snowboarding with a bigger beginners area as I can't ride the T-bar or Chairlift yet. How does Thredbo compare? And what about smiggin holes?

    Side note, we will probably be taking lessons for first day or two regardless of the place, i just want to be able to ride the mountain rather than the very small 50-100m slope area that I was limited to at Perisher due to lack of skill.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 27, 2004
    Messages:
    27,913
    Likes Received:
    23,765
    Location:
    in the cupboard covered in dust
    *if* there's enough snow I've found Friday flat at thredbo great (better) for absolute beginners (with my kids at least) recently but you'll need to get on that chairlift - may as well get that down now, it's slow and they're used to beginners.
    However, once you're happy at Friday flats I reckon perisher is much better for a developing skier.
     
    #2 piolet, Feb 10, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2019
  3. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2008
    Messages:
    46,883
    Likes Received:
    17,395
    Location:
    Canning Vale, Perth
    Thredbo's beginner area is called Friday Flat and has been recently expanded.

    There's a very early beginner area at the bottom with a carpet ride, and almost flat, 50m long area, which would keep a day 1 beginner entertained for an hour our two.

    Then there's an 80m long, slightly steeper carpet ride on the other side of Friday Flat

    And then there's the Easy Does It chairlift which runs the length of Friday Flat, about 300m long which is super easy to mount/dismount and a bit more challenging than the other two.

    And they've now added another carpet ride at the top of the Easy Does It Chairlift, which takes you to a new run called Giddy-Up which is around 250m extra, running parallel, but a bit steeper than Friday Flat
     
  4. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Backwards to the future! Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2011
    Messages:
    7,630
    Likes Received:
    7,528
    Location:
    Hunter Valley Whine Country, NSW
    About half of Smiggins's skiable area is suitable for beginners. If you start there, you progress from magic carpet to J-bar to chair to T-bar. Once off the magic carpet, work from north to south. When you can ride (up and down) the duplex T-bar, catch the Link T-bar and head to Perisher.
     
    Ted Harper and piolet like this.
  5. Mitchell Pearce

    Mitchell Pearce One of Us

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2018
    Messages:
    769
    Likes Received:
    1,030
    Blue Cow ski school looks good for beginners
     
    piolet likes this.
  6. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2003
    Messages:
    486
    Likes Received:
    273
    Location:
    Yackandandah NE Victoria
    Smiggins or Selwyn if enough snow =late June is not v reliable.
     
  7. slidylegs

    slidylegs First Runs

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2019
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1
    @Anuj How did you go with your trip? Why do you think you can't get on the chairlift or the t-bar yet? Beginners can and should get on the lifts and ski/board down green runs to actually learn well. I started learning last year as a 34 year old and I did the mistake of trying to learn without getting on the lifts for quite a while until I figured out that wasn't working well. I then got on the lifts on my last day and I could do some snow plough turns which was a confidence booster. I'm going again this year in the last week of July to improvise my new skill :)
     
    LMB likes this.
  8. Anuj

    Anuj First Runs

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2019
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    2
    @slidylegs Not much snow when I went, was really slushy-ice and had a rental board that I found out later was a 5 year old model. On my second day I caught a heel edge and went flying and landed on my stomach and ended up with bruised ribs. So had to take further couple of days off. By my 6/7th day I tried to do more (and bought my own snowboard) and had a better time even though I could only ride for about an hour. Still a good holiday but yeah wish I had bought my own board sooner coz I felt much more comfortable on that. But ultimately no chairlift/t-bar yet thanks to that bruised rib.