The Snowy Mountains are the closest thing to a quaint, Norman Rockwell-style winter wonderland you'll find this side of the equator. Snuggled on the border where NSW meets the ACT, Thredbo is the perfect place to park on a ski holiday with the whole family – snowball-throwing and gallons of hot chocolate guaranteed. For those up for a challenge, the Village Trail clocks in at 5kms. Once you're done, warm your hands by an open fire at the Lott Café. Our hot tip? In the colder months of June and September, kids ski free with an adult pass. Otherwise, drive against the traffic to end up at Charlotte Pass, the highest resort in the Snowys, which is known for receiving the most consistent snowfall throughout the season. Rest your head at Ecocrackenback, a sprawling luxury accommodation with 18 'habitats', set between Jindabyne and Kosciuszko National Park. Or check out the self-contained lodging at Caves House at Yarrangobilly, nestled within the national park itself.