Heading to the snow

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 12:44
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Hi everyone,
In the process of planning a trip to the snow in the june/july school holidays this yr. Never been before and was curious to know when the best time to go is. Winter shoulder?? Winter peak?? I have no idea. When is the best time to head down?? Kids want to see heaps of snow and get snowed on. We had thought about staying at the Kosi retreat but have now thought we'd like to stay somewhere a little closer to the ski fields...any suggestions?

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Reply By: Tony - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 13:07

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 13:07
We took the Grand Kids to Falls Creek last year in July, it was a first for them.

Accommodation on snow, ski to the bottom of the quad chair, spen the day at lessons/ skiing, then ski back to the door of the lodge at the end of the day.

July seems to be the best time of the season for good snow. Parked the vehicle 200 meters from lodge for the week.
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Reply By: Leroy - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 15:36

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 15:36
July/Aug are the peaks and the best if you are skiers. But if you are after a play then it prob doesn't matter when you go. Falls has heaps of man made stuff so you are pretty much to have something to ski on and great cover for most of the season. Not familiar with Kosi.

Leroy
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Reply By: Inflataduck - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 15:55

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 15:55
We go to every 2nd week end during the season to Threadbo (have house just outside the park) it has a village atmosphere plenty for kids to do & for those who do not ski, as to when is the best time that's a hard one as each year is different & some resorts do better than others, last year Thredbo had heaps of snow when the school holidays were on & probably the best week of the season when Victoria had very little.
a few other things to think about
are you going to ski or snow board or even toboggan (some resorts do not allow tobogganing & are more suited to different styles)
can you ski or are there more beginners (pick a resort that caters to your ability some offer reduced prices for beginners)
Hire your gear at the snow if you have problem (mainly boots) you can change it there (beats driving hours just to save a few bucks)
Remember everything is $ dear at the snow, hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 22:41

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 22:41
'Thredbo had heaps of snow when the school holidays were on & probably the best week of the season when Victoria had very little'

hmmm big call!

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Inflataduck - Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 07:47

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2008 at 07:47
Leroy
have businesses at 3 resorts (2 nsw & 1Vic) & from memory Vic had a lot less than normal at the start & as i said each year is different & who knows this year it could be the best year in 20 or the worst. Threadbo had a good start & bad end where other resorts had little & than finished well
lets hope its a great year for all resorts & skier's
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Reply By: Member - Richard K (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 22:28

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 22:28
Another great place for a family to go to would be Charlotte Pass..Now I haven't stayed there myself, but my wife skiied there every year growing up. Many people may scoff at staying at Charlottes BUT you get to walk out your front door to the lifts, it is higher than any of the other resorts (I think?) so the snow is always better, you can still catch oversnow transport each day to Perisher (and then you can ski to Blue Cow/Guthega/Smiggins) if you want some tougher runs, and from what I've heard, its CHEAPER!!!! My wife skiied her butt off there every year and she still says ts an awesome place to go.

I went there one December planning to walk up Mt Kosi but there was a blizzard going on! So that should give you an idea of the snow in winter! Highest pub in Australia too!!!

There ya go!
Rich
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Reply By: daisygirl - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 22:59

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 22:59
I'm actually a travel agent that specialises in ski holidays in Australia and overseas. I will PM you my details if you want to call and discuss the options but if this is your first time and you want to stay on snow for a reasonable cost I would suggest Smiggins as this is where the first timer lessons are held. Your liftpass can be used at Perisher and Blue Cow as well plus if you are driving you can park at Smiggins accommodation but not at Perisher.

Depending on where you live and how you are getting to the snow Buller is also a good option but one of the lower resorts so need to go right in the middle of the season ie late July or August.

Hope this helps
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Reply By: daisygirl - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:01

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:01
Sorry but cant work out how to PM so give me a call at work on
(07) 3392 1722
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Reply By: hayley - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:27

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008 at 23:27
Thanks everyone. Tis so hard to decide where to go. Heading down with another family and as far as I know both the guys are keen to ski but us girls and the kids arent really keen on hitting the slopes.....think I would spend most of my time on my backside anyway. Everywhere looks lovely....it's so hard to decide.
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