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Published August 19th 2016
Snowboard or Ski Australia's best winter holiday destination
The first time I decided to ever give a 'board' sport a go was wakeboarding in Iluka's Clarence River in NSW. I was speechless when I managed to stand up on my second go, but this proudness was short-lived after realising just how fast we were going and immediately was greeted with a face full of salt water.
So after booking a trip to the snow, to give snowboarding a go, I was pretty sceptical as to the 'fun' I was going to be having. But I can say it was one of the most awesome, fun, challenging (physically and mentally) and enjoyable weekends that I've had to date.
Oz Snow Adventures offers packages for weekend and mid-week and small, large and corporate groups to enjoy all that the area of the Snowy Mountains and Jindabyne has to offer.
What I chose was their weekend package that costs $249 a person (peak season) and that is all inclusive of accommodation (and so much more) at the Snowy Valley Resort. The resort has incredible views of Lake Jindabyne, a heated pool & spa, sauna and a stocked bar for all your Saturday night fun and entertainment.
The package also includes two hot breakfasts, dinner on Saturday night and of course, the travel expenses to Jindabyne, back to Sydney and transportation back and forth to the mountain every day. You have the option of Thredbo or Perisher for the weekend, but if you are open to advice, pick Thredbo!
This is a road trip like nothing you've ever experienced before! We were picked up on the Friday at 6pm nearby Central Station in Sydney City. Four loaded buses then made their way to a bottle-O not too far away and I can say that the 5-hour journey from there was pretty enjoyable and went by nice and quick.
You do make one more stop after the liquor store and that is for dinner at McDonald's on the highway, so it's a good idea to bring a couple snacks if you feel a bit peckish. After that, you are then on your way to Jindabyne.
The process when reaching the Snowy Valley Resort moves very quickly and it's impressive to see how organised and fast it is all done by the Oz Snow team. You purchase your lift passes, clothing hire and lessons (if needed) on the bus, it is a good idea to bring cash as there are no EFTPOS facilities. Then you move to beat the crowd and pick up all your goodies that are essential for the weekend.
For an example of cost, to snowboard is $10 more ('cool' tax) compared to skiing ($240). All up for lift pass ($250), clothing hire ($30) and 2 lessons ($20) it was $300. I bought my own goggles, gloves and beanie as it works out to be that bit more on the cheap than hiring – so if you are able to borrow items for the weekend, I highly recommend asking around beforehand.
Saturday morning: breakfast is served with all classic favourites, then you are on your way to Thredbo/Perisher. Thredbo is Australia's greatest location for a snow and/or winter holiday. It is home to the longest runs in Australia and boasts an amazing village of restaurants, cafes and things to do; it's no wonder over 700,000 people visit this area each year.
Whether you wish to snowboard, ski or even just enjoy activities off the hill, there's something for all experience levels, interests and ages at Thredbo!
The company Oz Snow is an all in one accredited travel agent, tour operator, hotel and lodge owner. They have these tours all over the world, not just Australia. Their tours are designed to:
1. Take the pain and stress out of organising and booking a holiday.
2. They are extremely good value and get the cheapest deals for you off and on the mountain.
3. Most importantly all they ask of you is to enjoy yourself and have a fun and loose weekend!
So next time you're looking for a fun weekend getaway, a snow trip or just to escape the city, have a look at one of the many deals that Oz Snow has to offer. You won't be disappointed, maybe just a bit sore afterwards!