Snow Sports Student

This is an exciting time for you–you’re getting ready for your snow sports adventure! We know you probably have questions, and this page is where you come for answers.

Questions About

Can students apply or receive frequent flyer miles for the trip?

Due to the nature of group travel and the discounted group rates we receive, not all airlines allow the use of frequent flyer programs. Additionally, travellers are not eligible to receive frequent flyer miles for their travel.

  • To find out whether the airlines for your tour allow for frequent flyer points, please check with your coordinator at the time of your booking.

Individual travel program and tertiary students travelling individually may be eligible to redeem / earn miles and should contact their WorldStrides tour coordinator with specific questions.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly recommend that all participants take out travel insurance for the duration of their trip. Through our partnership with QBE, travellers can take advantage of a policy specifically for school groups that include at least 1 teacher and eight students at specially negotiated rates. Please contact us on 1800 331 050 for a copy of our current policy, or for further information. Please note the cost of insurance is not included in your quoted program cost and can be added if required.

Do we need waterproof clothing?

It is strongly recommended that you hire or purchase waterproof clothing for snow activities.

Alpine weather is unpredictable and conditions can change quickly. Wear your clothing in layers with insulating items on the inside and wind and waterproof clothing on the outside. Several thin layers made of wool or synthetic fibres have insulating properties and are better than thick, bulky layers. Jeans, cotton or nylon clothing is unsuitable as these fabrics are not protective enough. Body heat is lost from the head, feet and hands, so it is important to wear beanies; long, thin woollen socks and waterproof gloves.

TIP: Quality waterproof outer jackets and pants may be hired from our resort. Due to health regulations, you will need to purchase your own gloves and beanies.

What do we need to bring to the snow?

This will vary depending on your destination. WorldStrides will provide you with all the details in you quote letter.

As a guide:
• Clothing: a waterproof jacket and pants with warm, breathable layers underneath. The jacket and pants can be hired. Other options are waterproof snow boots or any waterproof/water-resistant, sturdy footwear. Gum boots and Ugg boots are unsuitable for snow.
• Bedding: Bedding is included in all international snow tours. Within Australia there are some locations that require you to bring your own. Make sure you check your booking details to see if bedding is included in your tour. If bedding is not included you must bring a sleeping bag or top sheet and doona/quilt cover and a bath towel. The following will be supplied by the lodge: pillow, pillowslip, mattress protector, fitted sheet and bathmat.

If your group is staying at the Snowbird at Mount Hotham or Cooroona or Halley’s Lodge at Falls Creek, you can hire bed linen for $25 per person per stay

What if there’s no snow when we arrive?

If there is insufficient snow at your chosen resort to open any runs, you will be contacted prior to your arrival date to discuss options. In Victoria, each resort has a snow guarantee in place, which means that if a certain number of lifts are not operating a certain number of days before your stay, you are entitled to a refund or credit. Terms and conditions apply.

What sun protection is required for the snow?

The strength of UV rays at altitude is far stronger than at sea level, and the reflective effects of snow can magnify this further. To avoid severe sunburn and snow blindness, please ensure you are always wearing a high SPF (minimum of 30+) broad spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses or goggles meeting Australian standards for UV protection.

When is the peak period for snow programs?

In Australia, the peak snow season runs from the June long weekend until the October long weekend. All Australian snow resorts have snow-making facilities to maintain or top up snow cover in periods of low snowfall.

International destinations have different peak times. New Zealand follows a similar season to Australia with June-August being peak season. In Japan, Europe, Canada and the United States, the peak season runs from December until February.

When will it snow?

Weather is of course unpredictable and we recommend checking online weather forecasts for long-range and short-range forecasts.