Overhead v Underground Electrical Services in the Snowy Mountains.

The Snowy Mountains Region presents unique challenges and considerations for electrical service infrastructure due to its alpine environment. The decision between overhead and underground electrical services in this region requires a careful assessment of the advantages and considerations specific to this high-altitude and often snow-covered area.

Overhead Electrical Services in the Snowy Mountains


  • Easier Installation: Overhead lines are generally easier and less costly to install compared to underground systems.
  • Accessibility for Repairs: In case of outages or damage, overhead lines are generally more accessible for maintenance and repairs, which is crucial in rural or remote areas.


  • Weather: The Snowy Mountains experience harsh winter weather, including heavy snowfall and strong winds, which can damage overhead lines and poles, leading to frequent service disruptions.
  • Aesthetics: Overhead lines could detract from the natural beauty of the Snowy Mountains, which is a significant consideration given the area’s status as a tourist destination.
  • Wildlife Interference: Overhead power lines can also pose a threat to local wildlife, which is an important consideration in environmentally sensitive areas.

Underground Electrical Services in the Snowy Mountains


  • Weather Resilience: Underground cables are less susceptible to weather-related damage, a significant advantage in an area known for severe winter conditions.
  • Aesthetic Preservation: By being out of sight, underground lines preserve the natural beauty of the Snowy Mountains, maintaining its appeal as a tourist and recreational destination.
  • Safety: Reduced risk of electrical hazards that might be posed by overhead lines, especially under heavy snow and wind conditions.


  • Higher Installation Costs: Underground installation is significantly more expensive.
  • Complex Maintenance and Repairs: Identifying and fixing faults in underground systems can be more challenging.

In the Snowy Mountains, the decision between overhead and underground electrical services hinges on many variables, harsh weather conditions, environmental and aesthetic impacts, safety considerations, budget and the logistical challenges of installation and maintenance. 

Overhead powerlines are more economical, easier to maintain and have a slightly longer lifespan, however can be vulnerable to the region’s extreme weather. Underground systems offer greater reliability, aesthetically pleasing and safer, however are more expensive and a shorter lifespan.  

If you are unsure about which option is right for you, contact us now on 02 6456 1006 and one of our ASP qualified Level 2 Electricians will be able to help.