I've stayed at Jindabyne for Perisher...
And also thredbo.
Saving tips. .. stay in Jindabyne and drive up. If in thredbo stay in cabin and self cater.
Though some places offer accom, food, passes etc in package deals.
Borrow ski gear! As in the clothes. Our buy secondhand.
Don't buy lunch on mountain. Pack a picnic lunch etc.
Is Perisher or Thredbo better?
If you take the ski tube can you transport all the skis with you or do that force you into using stuff on the mountain?
Yep you can transport all your gear up there and i think can also leave it in lockers up there if you're going a few days.
If you just want to take the kids for a few burns down the slopes and don't want to stay on snow, mount Selwyn is a budget option?
Aldi for ski gear or ask friends and borrow
Go at the end of the season for cheaper accommodation. It'll still be expensive but not the crazy 1k a night
As Pp said, stay in Jindy, you can get a self contained apartment and you'll save money.
A good time to go is shoulder season, esp if you're able to go 1 or 2 weeks away from peak.
If you're just there to see the snow, you'll save a bundle, but if you're wanting to have a proper crack at skiing, then you'll need to rent all the gear.
Aldi usually has ski supplies on sale in the lead up to the season, and it's worth a look, the quality is pretty good.
Alternatively NZ is beautiful too! Queenstown is breathtaking and not that expensive when you compare to the Aussie ski fields.
I'm jealous OP. I love skiing but haven't been since my eldest was 6months old!
Oh yes it's waaaaay cheaper. You can stay somewhere like Tumut which is actually a lovely little snow town.
We went 2 years ago for the day with 4 kids, 2 toddlers and 2 bigger kids (4 and 5). The older girls had a great time doing a lesson and then spend the day doing runs, we tooks the little tots on turns in the toboggan. If you just want to have a bit of a snow experience it's great for kids.
Bring your own food up for the day if you can, there aren't many facilities at mount Selwyn and the food isn't the best.
What time of year are you looking at?
My sister used to go skiing every year in the first week just outside peak season - September? It is cheaper and the snow is still good.
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