Winter in Australia can drag when you long for beach days and sun. To break up the winter blues I would suggest a weekend away at the snow. I did the same trip last year on opening weekend of the snow season. This year I went in peak season using the same company Oz Snow.
Its a budget package weekend away perfect for groups or solo travellers. There was 9 of us heading up to the mountains last Friday. The bus picks you up at Central station and drives up to the mountains. It is a long drive and having to get your rental gear at midnight is tough when you are straight off the bus. It is worth it as you have a full day on the snow on the Saturday. Accommodation is either dorms or if you want to pay a little extra you can get a private room with a shared bathroom. Both mornings are early starts having breakfast at 7AM and on the bus heading to the slopes for 8AM. The snow was brilliant we had a mix of abilities in our friends so we were scattered over the mountain and met up at lunch time for a carb overload and beer. The weather was in our favour but we did get a little sun burnt on the first day. After a day of runs we had a beer in Thredbo before heading back to the hotel. Dinner and 2 hot breakfasts are included in the price. Dinner had a few choices meaning everyone can find something they want. After a shower and getting into some warm clothes you can spend your Saturday night at the bar listening to the live music and drinking some beers by the fire.
Sunday is a struggle your legs are aching as much as your head but if you can power through its worth it. After a few Sundays runs down the slopes we had a beer and boarded the bus. They make a quick pit stop at the hotel for you to get changed and load your bag. Then it is a very quiet chilled bus ride home with movies playing for those who manage to stay awake.
Dean was our tour guide and he was brilliant at keeping the trip atmosphere going as well as keeping the rowdy passengers in check. The equipment was great and if there were any issues you only had to walk 30 seconds to the ski shop to get it fixed. The River Inn at the bottom of Thredbo was perfect for lunch and beverages through out the day. It provided a good meeting spot for us all to catch up.
I did prefer going in peak season to opening weekend. All of Thredbo’s slopes were open and there were 300 people on the trip compared to 50 last year. There was a bigger buzz around the trip then last time I think that was due to the amount of people.
If you want a fun no thrills trip to the snow Snow Oz will sort you out all you have to do is show up with some warm clothes.