Snowy Mountains of Music Festival
What do you get when you combine Australia's best skiing region, talented local musicians, and a long winter weekend? A four-day ski season kick-off party that attracts visitors from all over; also called the Snowy Mountains of Music Festival in Perisher Valley, New South Wales.
About the Festival
The only music festival that takes place in the snow, Snowy Mountains of Music, sponsored by Perisher Resorts Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the official start of the Australian winter ski season in the Snowy Mountains. The festival showcases some of the region's best local talent, featuring more than 40 bands performing everything from yarnspinning and poetry to traditional, folk, and Celtic sounds. The fun begins on Friday evening, 5 June 2015, followed by concerts throughout the weekend and a big finale performance on Monday afternoon, 8 June.
The Perfect Family Holiday
Snow isn't the only kid-friendly attraction during Snowy Mountains of Music. It's the perfect time to plan a family ski holiday and learn more about New South Wales' cultural diversity. Children under 15 are usually free with a paying adult and a special kids' stage promises plenty of entertainment. Storytelling, drumming, sing-alongs, and unique musical performances are sure to make this a holiday they'll always remember.
Snowy Mountains Accommodation
The Snowy Mountains region is part of the Kosciuszko National Park with more than 50 ski lifts adorning the sloping countryside. Holiday rentals are primarily in the towns of Thredbo and Jindabyne. Families and groups of travellers are usually more comfortable in a Jindabyne holiday home than in other accommodation choices. Rentals range from cosy apartments for small families to spacious ski lodges for group holidays.
Skiing in the Snowy Mountains
Travelling to the Snowy Mountains in winter and not visiting the ski slopes would be considered a waste to many. Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere, consisting of more than 12 sq-km of ski fields served by 48 lifts. There are runs available for every skill level, with many beginner slopes near the Smiggins Hills area. Thredbo offers fun courses for beginners and advanced skiers as well. Daily lift passes are a little over $100 for adults and about $60 for children under 15. Several shops are nearby if you need to rent or buy ski gear.
Festival Pass tickets will be on sale until the date of the event and includes entry to all music festival performances for the entire weekend. There will be early bird tickets released, stay tuned to the official website for the release date. Full day and evening passes will also be available. Festival goers should also remember that entry to Kosciuszko National Park is not included.
With music, snow, and more, why not take a holiday to the Snow Mountains of Music Festival.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 5th 2014
Photo courtesy of Katie Bell