Perisher Valley, NSW
The easiest trip so far in a family orientated location.
Yes, we were spoiled and got to stay at the Perisher Valley Hotel. Location, location, location! Located above Perisher’s Snowsports School, Snowsports Hire (including toboggans), and food outlets. In front of the magic carpet and 100 meters from the Village 8 Express lift. Ideally located for Tuesday night fireworks display and night ski viewing.
If I wasn’t skiing, I would not have left the building.
This trip is worth spending some extra $ and staying on the mountain. Save time on travel and embrace the ease of the village. Not only will the kids love waking to the freshly groomed runs, but you will also appreciate the time you get to sit and relax in the comfort of your room while others perhaps ski till the end of daylight.
Perisher is in the Kosciuszko National Park. The vehicle entry fee is $29/day. It’s an easy drive on a sealed road. Chains are required for 2WD vehicles whereas 4WD and AWD vehicles are encouraged to carry chains in case of extreme weather conditions. Free parking is available at Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, and Guthega. Space are limited so be prepared to park along the road and walk. Alternatively, park for free at Bullocks Flat Terminal, and catch the Skitube. Prices start at $46/child. The tube also allows access between Blue Cow Mountain and the Perisher Valley.
The hotel rooms come with half-board and include breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was a simple buffet that also allowed for additional a la carte requests, and espresso coffee was included. Which is a bonus for me! Dinners were fabulous. Adults choose an entrée, main and a dessert while children enjoy a kids buffet.
The family room was a perfect size. Bunk beds for the kids and a king for us. Small table and two chairs, cupboard to unpack and enough space for Leo to still make a mess.
Easily accessible ski room, with lockers and a heated shoe rack. View from the bunk. Not bad!
Kids Club was busy so make sure you book in advance. The staff were super friendly. Leo was skiing for the first time, and only had two days in the club, but by the third day, he was independent on the magic carpet and even sneaked a ride down the beginner’s slope.
Lots of t-bars to make the process quick but for those who fear them like me the lifts weren’t too much of a wait.
A toboggan slope was a 5-minute walk from the hotel and aside from the toboggan hire fee the slope was free to ride! Also next to it was a tube ride; faster but did require a ticket to ride ($6/ride- more pricing/info)
Lots of other accommodation available. Houses look like an excellent idea especially if traveling in large groups.
Overall a super fun trip that couldn’t have been any less hassle free!