Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. How much does the trip Cost?

A. The Base fee for the trip is $200

Q. What do I get for my base fee?

A. 

- 2 nights at the Alpine activities centre

- 2 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner

- All transport from Sydney's North Western Suburbs, Canberra or anywhere in between.

- Transfers from the Alpine Activities Centre to the snow both days

- National park entry fees

 

Q. How much will equipment and lift tickets  add to the final cost?

A. There is a flat fee of $60 for equipment hire. Lift tickets will depend on a few factors, like if you are an adult or child and whether or not you need a lesson. But as a general rule of thumb, add about $300, but check out the pricing options tab for all the information 

Q. I've booked and paid for hire equipment. what does this include?

A. Hire equipment includes - Pants, Jacket, Helmet, Boots and Snowboard or Skis. Please note that for hygiene reasons gloves and goggles can not be hired. These must be purchased before the trip.

Q. Do I have to wear a helmet?

A. Yes. It is a requirement that all participants on this trip must wear a helmet.

Q. I have a helmet for my bike, can I just bring this and not hire a helmet?

A. No, Different helmets are designed for different applications and not all are suitable to cross over between different sports, so therefore you will need to hire a snow sports specific helmet.

Q. Are there any specific rules I need to follow?

A. Yes. The alpine responsibility code are the rules of the mountain. The code is designed to keep people safe and help maximise their enjoyment whilst at the snow. Breaches of these rules can lead to the cancellation of your lift pass or even fines.

Please click here for a copy of the alpine responsibility code 

Q. I'd really like to come. When do I need to apply by ?

A. As soon as possible. No positions can be held without payment. Seats are limited on the trip and always fill fast. So to avoid disappointment we suggest you apply for the trip as soon as you can.

Q. I've never been to the snow before, can I still come?

A. Absolutely. The trip caters for first timers all the way through to advanced skiers and boarders. There are often several people on the trip who have never seen the snow before. We highly recommend that if you are new to the snow you take lessons to learn how to be safe on the slopes

Q. Should I Ski or Snowboard?

A. This is entirely up to you. But here is some guidance to help you decide

   - As a beginner skiing is easier and most scouts pick it up quite quickly. However snowboarding is easier to master once you've got  the basics are sorted.

   - Snowboarders, in the beginning, tend to fall down a lot more and spend a lot of time on their butts or on their knees. 

   - Ski Boots tend to be stiffer, harder to get on and more uncomfortable than snowboard boots

   - Skiing is a bit more demanding on the legs and thighs, whereas snowboarding tends to need more core strength 

   - Most scouts indicate that they wish they had chosen to snowboard rather than ski, mostly because of the boots.

 

Q. Do I need to take lessons?

A. Lessons are compulsory for all first timers. However they highly recommended for everyone. Even if you have been skiing or snowboarding before lessons can help you progress your skills which will give you more confidence and in turn more enjoyment on the snow

 

Q. I'm an interstate / international scout. Can I still come?

A. Absolutely. Everyone from all over are welcome to come along, however please check with your local authorities as to travel restrictions into NSW

 

Q. I'm coming from country NSW / Interstate / International destination. What's the best way to get to the coach pickup point?

A. As the coach will pass right past Canberra Airport, it might be easier and cheaper to fly to Canberra and await pickup there. If you choose to arrive in Sydney please contact the event organisers so arrangements can be made for the most suitable location for pickup

 

Q. I'm coming from a Country NSW / Interstate / International destination. Is there an option to come early and stay somewhere before the trip?

A. There are plenty of scout halls and scout camps located around Sydney that are available for scouts to sleep in. If you would like to arrive early please contact the event organisers so arrangements can be made.

 

Q. Can I be picked up somewhere more convenient for me to get to?

A. Depending on where you are coming from certain arrangements can be made. Please contact the event organisers  to discuss your options 

Q. Where is the Alpine activities centre located?

A. The alpine activities centre is located at the corner of Barry way and Reedys Cutting Rd Jindabyne. From here it is approximately 30km to the snow Click here for a link to google maps

 

Q. Why do you go to Perisher and not Thredbo or Selwyn?

A. Perisher offers more terrain in general, so there is better value for money. as well as this there is more terrain for beginners so those new to the snow can enjoy many more beginner slopes.

 

Q. I'm the only one from my Group that's interested in coming, will I still have a good time if I don't know anyone?

A. Absolutely, We try to match people up based on their skill level as well as strictly enforcing the buddy system. So you won't be left alone, and it will be a good chance to make some new friends.

 

Q. Does my leader have to come with me? 

A. No, there are plenty of leaders that do come so there is plenty of supervision. However for groups of 5 or more from the same group a leader from your group will be required. 

 

Q. Does my mum or dad have to come with me?

A. No. There is plenty of adult supervision so no need for mum or dad to come along.

Q. Do I need to bring any extra money?

A. Yes. You will need to bring enough money to buy dinner on Friday and Sunday nights as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Plus you will need some money for any souvenirs you may wish to buy.

 

Q. I'm not into skiing or snowboarding can I just come and play in the snow or toboggan?

A. No. Unfortunately the trip is aimed towards skiers and snowboarders and snow play and tobogganing happens in an area of the resort that needs a higher level of supervision which can not be provided.

 

Q. Can I earn any awards for coming on this trip?

A. Yes. You will be able to earn up to stage 3  of the Alpine award. Venturers and above will also be able to earn stage 4. Please ensure you have a read of your award book and ensure you are adequately prepared for this.