Babies and Buller

skipjack

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We are off to Mt Buller for our first family ski trip - going with a 6 month old and 4 year old (yes don't laugh). We have our 4 year old booked into the Bunyip ski school and hoping to get our 6 month old for a couple of hours in the creche.

Would love suggestions/comments/tips from anyone who has taken young kids - what worked/what didn't?. Also comments on the creche?

Thanks
 
welcome skipjack - there's a multitude of threads here about young kids in the snow do a bit of a search across the forum or in talk snow and you'll find them.

Bunyips are great with the kids - they don't leave them outside too long and they mix up ski activities with fun kinder type activities, drawing, painting and usually a video at the end of the day when they are starting to run out of energy. The staff in the the creche and Bunyips are great - we have used all facilities at Buller over the years.

If you decide to take the 4 y.o out yourself, try to let it be at their pace, if they only want 5 minutes, then 5 minutes it is. With our kids we always made sure their first few experiences on the snow were in good weather and let them go at their own pace. Our 5 y.o has had the last 2 years in Mini Team Extreme at Buller and skied his first black run last season as a 4 1/2 y.o so I ain't laughing at you taking yours up ( he had his first experience shuffling on skis at 18 months). He'll join Team Extreme and probably ski all day Sat and Sun for the whole season this year.

Enjoy your trip - Buller is getting some major dumpage at the moment and looks like it's setting up nicely for a fun season.
 

The Bluff

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Bunyips is great.
Half day only in my view.
Share a lift ticket with your partner and takes turns looking after the kids.

Think about a club lodge to stay in,likely to be other young familys and space the kids to explore

Don't forget to spend quality time with the kids, the gnome hunt is fun

Uncle Pats is good for cheap Aussie Italian fare!

After 3 yrs of gentle introductions to the snow my 7&9 yr old girls are keen this yr.

 

skipjack

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Thanks to you both!

Will do a some searching regarding kids and the snow. Very exciting.
 

djam

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we bought dinner at Uncle Pats last Friday when we arrived, at $45 its the last pizzas
we have there for a while. I might look at getting food in Mansfield instead, pity, we
had planed to by dinner there every Friday. Looks like its back to cooking for ourselves.
 

Wizard!

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djam said:
we bought dinner at Uncle Pats last Friday when we arrived, at $45 its the last pizzas
we have there for a while. I might look at getting food in Mansfield instead, pity, we
had planed to by dinner there every Friday. Looks like its back to cooking for ourselves.

What did you order that cost $45?
 
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skiflat

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Kolfers would have demanded your kid as payment.

Yep as they don't take EFTPOS
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djam

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it was $18 for the pizzas, just for the record, and they arn't as good as they have
had in the past, thin topping..
 

Coxy

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Bunyips is the way to go, half day to thrash yourself in the snow and the other half to entertain the kid/kids is great.

We had our son in there last 2 years, no drama's at all.
He loves the snow now and will start skiing this year(now 3), shame we live in WA...no snow...BOO!

Enjoy!
 

localskigirl

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We have done Bunyips and some creche over the past 3 years. The little one (started at 20 months) wasn't that keen on the creche but it was her problem not theirs! Both love Bunyips and are now great little skiers at 4 1/2 and 6. We have only rarely done full days - they get to spend the arvo with mum and dad on skis or playing if they go off to ski school in the morning. Good luck - make sure that they are warm and dry and you will all have a wonderful time. Cold kids are grumpy ones
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