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2020 Planning (and dreaming?)

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by nezumi, Sep 9, 2019.

  1. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    I'm throwing it out to the more wizened of you out there again to help me decide some things for my 2020 trip.

    This year my wife and I took out 3.5 year old to Perisher. Originally it was for 5 nights, but we ended up leaving a day early because she caught a toe edge on her snowboard and partially dislocated her elbow. As a result, she has sworn off any downhill snow activities.

    So, for 2020 I am deciding on the best approach for all of us.
    First decision is whether or not to go Epic. We'll most likely repeat last year and drive from Melbourne to Perisher, 5 nights accommodation and then drive home again. The question then becomes one of whether or not I will be able to obtain some days at Hotham or Falls.

    The follow on there is whether or not to get the skitube add-on, and whether or not to stay in Jindy or on snow. We liked having meals sorted for us, but ultimately that's not a deal breaker. It probably comes down to a question of how I feel about arranging my snowboarding time around kiddo's lessons (on skitube in time to get him to snow school by 8:30, then pick him up between 3 & 3:30, and off to accommodation), travelling between Jindy and skitube each day (leave my wife without a car, or have her doing taxi duty) and activity options for my wife (she will probably be wanting to go jogging, but reading books by the fire with a hot drink also has its appeal).

    As has been noted by a few commentors on here, ultimately the cost of the lifts is a small component of the overall cost of a snow trip, with accommodation being a significant factor. I did manage a 4 day "mates trip" (not a boys' trip, as it was me and two women) to Buller off the back of securing some super cheap accommodation (Alpine Retreat, 3 nights, 4 beds, $500 total), but the young one was rather distraught at my absence and has complained bitterly that "daddy and his friends went to the snow and I didn't get to go!", so the chances of nabbing something similar at Hotham or Falls is remote. I have considered the Snow Monkey package trips before, as the cost is almost the same as the return transport to Hotham anyway, but I would be far more inclined to take that option if they left earlier in the day.

    The most out there option would be trying to secure a place for 4-6 weeks in Bright and having the option of either Falls or Hotham for the day (as long as I can work remotely). That's the Warren Miller dream talking, but it would be a blast if it could happen.
     
  2. silva

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    Hi Nezumi
    I am sorry to hear that your wifes elbow injury has put her off snow activities. Any hope she might give skiing a go?

    I am assuming that you are looking to head to NSW due to the fact that the Vic resorts do not offer snowboarding lessons for 4 year olds. If your wife is not keen on heading up the hill then perhaps Thredbo might be a option which will suit. The village in Thredbo offers a bit more to do than Perisher and the Thredbo snowsports school snowboard program for 4 year olds is really good. A Thredbo pass would give you 50% off lift passes at Buller but realistically if you were only planning a 5 day trip then it really would not be worth the expense of buying a season pass. There are a lot of Lodges in Thredbo which fully cater and plenty which are self catering as well. If you have a non-skiing member in your party I find that Lodges are a good option as there is often other people who are not riding to socialise with. The pool, gym, cafes, bakery etc as well as the many walking tracks IMHO make Thredbo more attractive to non skiers in winter - you can even pick a nice day weather wise and join a group for a snowshoe hike to Mt Kosc -https://www.thredbo.com.au/activities/backcountry-adventures/snow-shoeing/
     
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    Thanks Silva,

    She was pretty adamant when it first happened, but the second arm specialist she saw was far more optimistic about the status of her elbow and the lack of a genuine need for surgery. When I was looking at the Melbourne Snowboard Centre website over the weekend for their end of season sale, she mentioned that her boots had packed out, so if she was going to have another go she would need new boots, so who knows?

    Skiing is unlikely to be a go - part of the reason she went snowboarding over skiing initially is that she has a history of dislocating her patella from a youth spent in Irish dancing.

    You are indeed correct about the rationale for selecting the I have mused over the viability of Thredbo - travel wise it's actually more convenient than Perisher, but the cost difference between the two is still significant. We would likely be going up Sunday to Friday again, and so the young'n would probably have 5 days of lessons. At Perisher this was $510 this year, compared to $675 at Thredbo and $768 at Falls (!). (The other factor in the decision, the cost of a lift + lesson bundle at Perisher vs lifts and lessons at Falls, is now moot).

    I've been to Thredbo way back when I was in Uni, so I wouldn't mind going again at some point. Unfortunately the offer with 50% of Buller lift tix just doesn't carry the same appeal as free lifts at Hotham and Falls, despite the ease of travel.
     
  4. silva

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    Yep - The Thredbo option would only really become a option if you decided against purchasing a season pass. It is great if you have a not so keen on the slopes party member though. From casual observation (not any actual facts) the kids snowboard lessons just seem to have a lot fewer kids per instructor at Thredbo compared to Perisher.
     
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    Ok its not my imagination - I just checked - the Thredbo 3 & 4 year old programs are MAX 4 which means a maximum of 4 kids per instructor so yes, it is a little bit more expensive than the Perisher lessons but the groups are much smaller.
     
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    I don't know about any hard limits on lesson group sizes at Perisher, but in his group this year he was one of three for most of the week.
     
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    That's awesome - I had 2 friends whose kids were in groups of 10. They were not impressed.
     
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    Thread highjack. Looking for best combination of open terrain and quiet. When does it start getting quieter at Perisher. I will only he skiing during week and want to avoid the hoards. Can ski anything but rather not ski mud or same run consistently ;). Happy to ski spring conditions and am aware 2020 snow could be poor and impact this. Would it be last week of August and a couple of weeks early September? Thinking of heading down for a few weeks before a 6 week trip around western australia
     
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