Sun is my thing, so it seems silly to be writing about a snow holiday. Fortunately for us in Australia we get such beautiful sunny days it is possible to experience both snow and sun for your visit to the snow. Read on for our view of where the hot spots are for families.
Snow is the new ‘it’ holiday
There is little wonder why families gravitate to the snow year on year. With day care, ski schools and package deals, ski holidays involving the whole family are more and more affordable to a greater cross section of the population.
If you are looking to build memories with your children, the snow has family fun in buckets. Here are my picks for the best Australian ski resorts that cater for families. Not to worry if you have tots that are too small for the snow action, there are other activities.
Selwyn has every winter activity covered for all ages. Both alpine and cross-country skiing are available. There are now two new Parks for skiers and boarders, two adrenaline pumping snow tubing facilities, snow biking, and snowshoeing. Selwyn has the only toboggan run left in NSW. Selwyn Snowfields offer low prices compared to other snow resorts which is a must for a large family and perfect for those just testing the snow out.
For all levels and family members
Perisher has seven mountain peaks and snow villages abundant with accommodation and restaurants including Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow Terminal. The four terrain parks, super pipe and mini pipe cater to the more advanced skiers and boarders while the resort’s ski and snowboard school is world class, taking children as young as four for skiing, and six for snowboarding. It also offers 100 km of cross country trails, night skiing and a snow tube park.
You can catch the tube up the hill each day if you prefer lower budget that on snow accommodation.
Cross Country Skiing
Lake Mountain is a quick-120-kilometre drive from Melbourne which perfect for an easy weekend away. Lake Mountain has seven toboggan runs, snowshoe tours, sled rides and Nordic walking! It’s also perfect for cross-country skier enthusiasts with 37 km of cross-country trails and 2400 hectares of alpine snow gum forest. The best thing about Lake Mountain? The use of the slopes is free! You only need to pay $27 at the gate per car.
For the best of care and the greatest facilities
Though slightly pricier, if your children fall into the older age bracket then Falls Creek is worth the extra outlay. Given a perfect 10 rating for its child-friendly facilities, Falls Creek has an excellent Kids Snow sports school with several magic carpets and 450 hectares of skiable terrain mixing with a number of beginner’s terrain. It has snow bikes, 65 kilometres of cross country trails, the best snow tubing park in Australia and night snow activities under lights. Falls Creek regularly tops the list of best Australian ski resorts for snow bunnies of all ages!
For true resort style
Mt Buller big ski resort with the closest proximity to Melbourne. There are many restaurants and pubs in the well-populated village. There is also a cinema and alpine spa retreat in the village t ensure there are some après activities. Mt Buller has the largest network of trails in Victoria, with 25 lifts, a half pipe and rail park. The snow sports school caters for budding skiers from three to 14 years, and snowboarders six to 14 with a specific area for beginners, with world-class recognition. Mt Buller has a snow tube park and toboggan runs for those afternoons of family playtime.
Now to book your trip
For booking snow holidays, I think your best deals can be found here. Before booking there are some things to consider.
- The considerable expense.
- No snow. Do you still want to go?
- Off ski activities and spaces.
- Lodge accommodation
- The gear. Hire. Buy or borrow?
In my mind, it is hideously expensive for Queenslanders and people living further away. For Melbournians, knock yourselves out and enjoy the cold. For Sydney residents, I would consider carefully before making the investment myself. Having said that, snow fights and tobogganing competitions between the family are just good clean fun. Tell me any circumstance when you want sand or mud thrown at you?
There is no doubt a ski holiday requires meticiulous planning and consideration. You can’t very well forget to pack a jacket for one family member. Apres gear and on ski gear down to underwear needs to be well planned and thought through.
I say, give it a crack and see where you land. It most definitely is a way for the whole family to be together and enjoying your time. The winter fires only encourage board games and activities together. If you want to connect, connect with snow.