Snow Week

Things to do, Fairs and festivals Free
Greenwood Hotel courtyard with a giant inflatable polar bear and snow.
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Time Out says

North Sydney’s Greenwood Hotel is shipping in more than 100 tonnes of snow for this big wintery festival

Sydney has a weird relationship with winter. It’s cold enough for locals to wrap themselves up in scarves and ankle-length puffer jackets (perhaps overkill) but never quite chilly enough to bring in the snowflakes we so desire.

To remedy our frustration with the cold-but-not-that-cold winter, Greenwood Hotel is hosting Snow Week. The aim is to transplant Thredbo to North Sydney, dumping 100 tonnes of the frosty frozen stuff on the hotel daily, setting up a pretend ski lift and inviting giant inflatable animal friends who hail from colder regions to the party. Australian Olympic snowboarder Jarryd Hughes will also be popping by every day to show off some sick tricks on the proper snowboard rail being brought in for the week.

In addition to the alpine makeover, there’ll be a series of cool free events. On June 29 (technically before the start of Snow Week), join the Canada party for an evening of hockey tournaments, Canadian trivia and a poutine feast. The official Snow Week launch party will be on July 2. To celebrate, the hotel will be serving free canapes and drinks from 5-7pm. Cheers to that.

Then, across July 4 and 5, you can see live music and sip hot chocolates all for free. Are you more focused on shredding the gnar than chilling in the ski chalet? Head to the Rail Jam Competition on July 6 and see pros battle it out on the snowboard rail while you jam with the DJs.

It’s free entry to all these events and there’ll also be Thredbo lift passes and snowboards up for grabs, so you can turn your snow day pipe dream into a reality.

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