VISITING the snow is a great holiday for the whole family or groups of friends and here is your how to guide top book your holiday.
First you need to decide where you want to visit. The Snowy Mountains of NSW have four resorts, Perisher, Thredbo, Charlotte Pass or Selwyn Snowfields.
Depending on your budget, you can either stay on snow in the resort or stay off snow in one of the nearby towns. Off snow will allow savings on accommodation but you need to drive to the snow each day. Once you have your accommodation finalised you can then pre book your lift tickets if you plan to ski or snowboard.
The bigger and most popular resorts are Thredbo and Perisher which also offer great skiing and snowboard terrain for all abilities. They each have extensive on snow options and respectively different mountain characteristics.
Thredbo have a quaint European style village and the longest vertical terrain in Australia and Perisher is Australia’s largest resort where you stay on the snow at higher elevations.
The town of Jindabyne is popular and perfectly situated similar distances (approx. 33km) from each resort. This is classed as off snow.
The Snow Holiday edition has a plethora of snow information on resorts and accommodation advertisements that will assist you, but you will need to make some enquiries initially for costs to suit your budget and your choice of resort if staying on snow. Once you have chosen either on snow or off snow you will need to source accommodation. The best tip here is don’t leave it too late.
School holidays, weekends and peak season months of July and August fill up quickly, so best to get in early to secure your beds. If you are visiting for the first time the months of June and September offer great non peak season deals. Accommodation choices are categorised as either a hotel, ski lodge, apartment or larger house (ski chalet).
For the best deals book direct with the hotel or one of the reputable snow accommodation booking agents listed in this edition. They all have extensive knowledge of their respective properties, resorts and towns and offer all the information you need to make the best of your snow trip.
Hotels are great if you want the convenience of having your breakfast cooked and plan to eat out at either the hotel restaurant or other establishments for dinner. Each hotel may offer their own individual packages which may include dinners and have options for singles, couples, families or groups.
Hotels have their own restaurants and separate bars meaning you do not necessarily have to leave the venue unless you prefer to dine at different restaurants each night.
Ski lodges have members and are often looking for new members, plus they advertise beds commercially. They offer mostly private rooms and some dormitory style rooms, have either self-catering, meaning you bring your own food or offer packages including breakfast and dinner. Lodges tend to have a communal living area for all guests.
Apartments and houses are ideal if you want more space and the intimacy to be with your own group or family. They are self-contained and you will need to pack your own food unless you intend to dine out. They offer all the comforts of your own home.
Remember, book early to secure your preferred property and enjoy the snow.
The Denman Hotel in Thredbo Village.
Fresh powder at Perisher. Photo courtesy Perisher.
The Kosciuszko Chairlift at Thredbo.