Snowmageddon at Selwyn Snowfields? No Way, You Say..

Big snow at little Selwyn Snowfields? No way, you probably say. But it can happen.

We got one day of it early in 2014’s snowmageddon season. Or 2 days, if you count liquid snow.

Tree skiing at Selwyn Snow Resort
Tree skiing at Selwyn © Owain Price

For our family outing with a bunch of first timer Queensland kids in tow that didn’t matter – they were as keen as mustard to get back for a second day even as the oldies were having wet weather qualms.

A good measure of just how big #snowmageddon was are the faceplant and snowman indexes, both of which were off the dial in 2014.

Faceplant in fresh snow at Selwyn Snow Resort
It happens to all of us © Owain Price

Queenslander Jeremy Watney got in one of the first of the former at Selwyn in June.

Thirty years after learning to ski there as a kid himself he had bought the family – 4 kids – down from the Gold Coast for their first ever taste of snow, and his first ski for over 20 years. Considering that rustiness, he was going great, till the inevitable happened in Pig Gully.

The night they arrived it dumped all the way down to Adaminaby, so his three daughters got to make their first snowman too. “That was the best day in my entire life ever!” enthused their 10 year old brother Marley, after his first day of skiing in a blizzard at Selwyn.

Learning to ski at Selwyn Snow Resort

Even the instructors were getting out into the trees between runs.

Day two and the oldies were reluctant as the snow turned to rain. With only 2 days, coming all that way, we had to man up and say yes to the kids, who didn’t see that rain made a difference.

We really shouldn’t whinge about the snow conditions anywhere, especially in Australia.

It is what it is when you are there, and having spent so much money already to do that get the wet weather gear on and get out there.

The kid’s mix of Aldi stuff and borrowed gear handled the wet, and they loved day 2 as much as day 1 on snow.

Selwyn Snow Resort (when it is back in action after the post-bushfire rebuild that commenced a couple of months back; they are planning upgrades including toboggan parks and more for all round winter fun) in NSW, and Baw Baw in Victoria offer easily our most affordable family skiing, the perfect opportunity to share the fun of the snow with your kids, #snowmaggedon or not.

 – Owain Price

Making a snowman in Adaminaby
Unless they live near Stanthorpe most Queensland kids don’t get to make Snowpeople © Carmen Price

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