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Discussion in 'Perisher' started by Nightskywatcher, May 1, 2020.

  1. Nightskywatcher

    Nightskywatcher One of Us

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    Pending the start of a season, evaluating my options for a long weekend at the end of July.

    My shortlist
    Aurora
    Matterhorn
    Man from Snowy
    Sundeck

    Experiences please.

    I've stayed at the Manor for the past few years, so already understand good and bad from there.
     
  2. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sundeck is ski in/out.

    Next question!!!
     
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    "End of July", Mt Hotham, N/E Victoria.
     
  4. Nightskywatcher

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    What about room size, bedding and most important food choice?

    What I liked about the Manor is location and food. The choice of 2 entrees and 3 mains suited our diverse tastes.
     
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    Too far to drive from Sydney
     
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    Igloo adjacent to eyre when it opens . Best Perisher lift and runs tick . Great food at Steve’s , tick . All sorted
     
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    Love the Smiggins Hotel. On snow. Easy access to the rest of Perisher via the Link t bar. Great food and (if you have children) a very good kids’ club. Oh, and they have free parking, which most Perisher accommodation (bar the Man from Snowy River) doesn’t.
     
  8. Nightskywatcher

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    Its about another $1.5k more than Man from snowy.

    My "kids" are too old for the kids club, one likes to have a beer with me and the other "would like to be able" to have a wine in a restaurant.

    But we are all happy to share time for skiing.
     
  9. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    $1.5k more???? Really? All my cost comparisons in the past found that the Man was way more expensive. Guess it could be comparing apples with oranges though (Smiggin Pub = dinner, bed, and breakfast in several different levels of room).
     
  10. Ultra2.0

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    My favourite is the Coroborree Lodge, top class food, good familiy atmosphere, and great hosts. place gets renovated by the hosts every year. about 100mtrs from perisher Quad lift. (ski out)

    Sundeck has location going for it, average food, average rooms.
    Persiher Manor the same, chepa rooms are very cheap rooms from the 60's and tiny rooms. food is great though. again, location only unless you can afford the upper class rooms.

    The stables are more managed apartments, great for larger groups, and also have studios for couples. used to stay here a lot. but recent management changes meant i started going elsewhere. food quality went down, and staff attitudes were bad.

    Corroborree is the only place i try to get back to every year.
     
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  11. Spence

    Spence One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    My last trip at the end of August we stayed at Crackenback Eco Lodge. Really cool self contained cabins. It was perfect for my buddies and I. We often stay at a club lodge in Smiggins but I preferred the cabin. A bit easier for the ‘boys to be boys’.
     
  12. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Staying the **** at home. Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Eiger is worth a look. I can't give you current info because it's 7 years since I last stayed there. But at the time, their mountain side deluxe twin rooms were a good size, clean but the furnishings were getting a little old. Ski out to the quad when the snow cover's average to good, a couple of minutes' walk from the bridge beside the quad to get back.

    The restaurant was good both years I stayed there, with 6 or so entrees and around 10 mains IIRC. The menu was fixed for the season. Not an issue for me but some like a menu that changes daily. But as I said that was 7 years ago and the restaurant can change dramatically from season to season. Best to call and ask when/if the season looks like getting under way.
     
  13. Fast Eddie

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    I second Corroboree. Our go to for the family school holiday week each year.

    amazing hosts, great food and fun bar.

    2 minute pole/skate to the lifts.

    Highly recommended.

    Sundeck’s position is unbeatable but you couldn’t swing a cat in the rooms.
     
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  14. nezumi

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    Well I'll be able to give you a verdict on the Matterhorn, but not until mid-August. LOL

    For other options, we stayed at Smiggins last year in SnowyGums. It was passable accommodation, but the drawbacks for us were the sauna/spa being inoperative, the upper floor being occupied by a school group 2 nights into our stay (with the "rumpus room"/movie theatre being directly above us) and the food being a little bit heavy/stodgy - bain marie production line fare.

    On pricing they were quite good, especially as we had a 3 year old with us.
     
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    We stayed in Snowygums last year and my oh my what a time.
    It's very much "at a price" isn't it?

    A fun time was had by all but that place is tres shabby, the food is plentiful but basic and the rooms are well, the rooms.
    The bar can be fun!
     
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  16. nezumi

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    Did you experience the enthusiastic and energetic service by the managers too? LOL

    Saying that, one of the staff did help us get our bags down to Rhythm during the big dump in the first week of August, but that was after a week of absent concern over the facilities and behaviour of other guests, and a certain nonchalance towards our ability to leave following the inundation.
     
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    Thanks guys, Snowy Gums did come onto my radar this week so the feedback there is good. Would you stay there again?
     
  18. nezumi

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    Honestly, if I knew that there *wasn't* a school group at the same time, or if I could request a room further away from the front, I might. We were there with a 3yo, so that made it less than ideal with the noise of the kids above us.
     
  19. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We stayed at Sonnenhof last year on our first visit to Perisher. Great hospitality, average room size, good pool room, great bar, nice kitchen and quality food, however the spa was not hot (quibble) Ski out but a short hike in.
     
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    @nezumi @newman Back to the food at SnowyGums (food is important to me) is it a sit down table service or buffet service?

    They said "limited menu" of 2 entrees, 2 mains, 2 desserts each night.

    We have previously only stayed at Perisher Manor and the food there is awesome. Table service, limited menu, 2 entrees, 3 mains, 2 deserts. Different each night.
     
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    Does anyone know the dinner style at The Man From Snowy River Hotel? Is it a single set 3 course dinner, or a limited menu?
     
  22. Ultra2.0

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    from vague memory, the Man had a more pup style dining to it. but it has een many years since i stayed there, its unusually expensive now, it might have improved a lot since i was last there.
     
  23. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just to make a point on upgrades through the years....check out the change from the dingy poor place is once was, until now! Can't believe my own eyes! :)

    https://www.troldhaugen.com.au/
     
  24. Ultra2.0

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    wasnt that lodge for sale recently?
     
  25. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think a while back.
     
  26. nezumi

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    It's bain marie / buffet style, but served by the staff rather than self service. "Entree" invariably meant a soup of some form for the most part. Desserts were a selection from a cart set on one side of the room, rather than served at the buffet.
     
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    Mate you stood in a long queue and jostled for service from the Bain Marie. Lots of hungry kids. Dinner was not relaxing and the food was plentiful and hot but wouldn't win credit from people who cared about "dining".
     
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    We had a 3yo and were accustomed to having dinner at 6pm, so "standing in a long queue" for us was more like "stood for five minutes and had a queue form behind us".

    It's definitely not gourmet fare and won't win any culinary awards, ,but it's hot, it's edible, and I didn't have to make it (or decide what to have) so that's good.
     
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    Yeah agreed. I enjoyed the food but the OP said that meals were "important" and describing food as "edible" probably isn't going to get his motor running.
    I had a good time at SnowyGums but it fits a niche! I just wish they kept the bar open during dinner.
    In fact I just wish any bar is open.
     
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  30. OlCol

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    Have you tried Peer Gynt lodge.
    Its ski in ski out off North Perisher T bar. And an easy skate to Interceptor quad.
    We stayed there for a week in August over a half dozen seasons, before finances became a bit tight.
    Food was always great, not too fancy but always good. Its away from the main village so quiet. They have a bar, over snow for transfers from ski tube and daily drop offs and pick ups to village for catching lessons. It is clean and well presented. Furniture starting to look a bit dated but serviceable.
    I have stayed at the Manor, Eiger, Sonnenhoff and many others, but Peer Gynt was always a better alpine experience.
    I should note that all riders who choose to ski back to the lodge should be at least intermediate with a little offpiste experience and fit.
     
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    I'm itching to start browsing and planning a ski weekend or two in Perisher but finding usual booking sites and accommodation own websites are not working/useless/no current updated info re current status. I know we are still living in 'interesting times' but would like to know if accomm 'not taking bookings at this time', 'hoping to open for bookings on xx ', etc.
    P.S maybe those who frequent the Covid dept. of this forum have tips. Been too busy lately to venture there.....o_O
     
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    On snow accomodation has virtually no chance of opening this season.
     
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    Such a party pooper.
     
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    *most
     
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    From what I have been seeing, most accommodation providers have scrambled to update their policies ahead of the current season, expanding refunds to include provision for cancellation due to CoViD19. As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the season, it looks like many have suspended taking new bookings but have maintained existing ones until the situation is clearer.
     
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    Cool. I'll keep looking. Haven't come across any useful sites from my usual accomm choices yet. :)
     
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    I’d say you can read the last page and just safely assume the pages before that is just the same crap repeated over and over.
     
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    Understatement.
     
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    Does anyone know what the dinner service is at The Man From Snowy River? It says 3 course meal, but not sure if that is a set 3 course (no choice) or a limited menu?
     
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    I've settled on the Sundeck for this season. Just waiting for confirmation, theys they have availability if they open. Yes it "costs" a little more, but the convenience this year outweighs everything else. If we get constraints at P Quad or V8 in the morning, then you are already up the mountain and can access other lifts to get places.
     
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