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Off Snow Accommodation:

Jindabyne is located just 35km from Perisher and Thredbo, giving you the facilities of a town such as a supermarket, cinema, shops and restaurants, and a more economical option for the budget-conscious.


Ski Inn Ext 3Panorama Jindabyne - Jindabyne
Panorama Jindabyne (formerly known as The Ski Inn) is located in a quiet street and offers warm and comfortable accommodation. All rooms have ensuites, heating and all linen and towels are provided. Meals are available upon arrival.



Siesta_Villa_Ext Siesta Villa - Jindabyne
Siesta Villa is located at East Jindabyne with amazing veiws over looking Lake Jindabyne and the mountains. There is a restaurant and bar area, a shuttle service to get you to Jindabyne if required. All rooms have a private enquite, heating and all linen and towels are provided. A great option for your first time to Jindabyne.





Wilson's Valley and Alpine Way Accommodation:

For those travelling on a budget who still want to be close to the action of the Perisher or Thredbo and those who are looking for a snow holiday away from the hustle and bustle of Jindabyne and the resorts, Wilson's Valley and the Alpine Way are a great option.
Great value first time holiday to the snow Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa- Alpine Way
A unique option for all travellers for their first time to the snow, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa gives you access to both Thredbo and Perisher, allowing you to explore both resorts with ease. With an abundance of on-site facilities and activities, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is a convenient base for your Snowy Mountains holiday.

Ski Rider FRONT 1 edit Ski Rider Hotel - Wilson's Valley (11km from Perisher)
Ski Rider Hotel has something for everyone with lots of apres activities, 2 restaurants and bars, guest TV lounge and games room. To top it all off, their on-site ski and board rental shop, ample free on-site parking and regular free shuttle bus to and from Perisher makes the Ski Rider a great value base for your first time to Perisher.




On Snow Accommodation:

If your first snow holiday needs to be convenient, right in the action and a true alpine experience, staying on snow in either Perisher or Thredbo is for you. Once you arrive in the resort you can experience the advantage of on snow accommodation and the hassle-free holiday you've dreamed of.
Marritz_ext Marritz Hotel - Perisher
The Marritz Hotel is Perisher Valley's most unique accommodation establishment offering the ultimate snow holiday experience. The hotel's family friendly facilities are highlighted by a fabulous restaurant, indoor heated pool and their very own Igloo Kids Club. Of an evening one can enjoy a roaring fire in our Rams Head Bar and relax with exceptional service and amazing views. Their mission is to provide an experience for guests that reflect upon and encapsulate the Marritz Alpine Inn golden days adding harmonious touches of modernism. Marritz Alpine Inn is situated only 250 meters from the Village 8 chair lift.

Smigs_Hotel_ext1Smiggins Hotel -Smiggin Holes
The hugely popular Smiggins Hotel Perisher is situated in a ski-in/ski-out position in Smiggins Holes and offers quick access to the entire Perisher Ski Resort. Smiggins Hotel Perisher is renowned for it's friendly service, great food and warm atmosphere. Families love the hotel thanks to it's great location near the Smiggins Snowsports School and the terrific Smiggs Kids Club held each evening.

To top it all off, on site parking means no catching the Skitube or waiting for oversnow transport.

Perisher_Manor_extPerisher Manor - Perisher
The Perisher Manor is a family owned and operated hotel providing well renowned hospitality for over 30 years in the Australian ski industry. Located adjacent to the 'Village 8 Express' an 8 seater chairlift boasting Australia's largest lifting capacity. The Perisher Manor is right in the centre of the action on Front Valley resort area and very close to shops and amenities only a short walk away

If your looking for quality on-snow accommodation in the heart of the action, then The Perisher Manor is a great choice for families and friends as the hotel is true ski-in, ski-out right to the door step from the lifts and runs.


On Snow:

If your first snow holiday needs to be convenient, right in the action and a true alpine experience, staying on snow in either Perisher or Thredbo is for you. Once you arrive in the resort you can experience the advantage of on snow accommodation and the hassle-free holiday you've dreamed of.


Candlelight_Ext Candlelight Lodge  - Thredbo
Candlelight Lodge is one of the original guest houses built in 1958 and is a classic Thredbo snow accommodation option. With many modern amenities and features yet still retaining the original charm of yesteryear.

With a reputation for warm European hospitality and comfortable Thredbo accommodation, Candlelight Lodge remains one of Thredbo's legendary places to stay and visit whether to stay or to eat.



Berntis_ext Berntis Mountain Inn - Thredbo
Berntis is acclaimed as one of Thredbo's finest lodges where you will not be disappointed from the moment you are greeted with warm hospitality and comfortable rooms, most with mountain views. At Bernti's Thredbo you can experience fantastic Tapas food after a hard days enjoyment in the mountains. Bernti's Tapas bar is open all year round and even offers alfresco dining in the warmer months. You will enjoy tapas from all around the world as the bar specialises in late afternoon tapas, good wine, schnapps and late evening fun.

Situated in the heart of Thredbo Resort, Bernti's Mountain Inn enjoys close proximity to the lifts, shops and village services. Bernti's Thredbo is well known for it's comfortable stylish rooms and gourmet food.


TAH_Ext Thredbo Alpine Hotel
The Thredbo Alpine Hotel is smack bang in the heart of the village just metres from the base of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. This is a historic property with an alluring sense of alpine culture - it has great character, charm and warmth. The rooms are comfortable and cosy, the dining outstanding and the staff friendly and welcoming. Within the hotel there are restaurants and bars galore. You can enjoy casual meals in The Pub Bar & Bistro, relaxed restaurant dining in Cascades or intimate dining in Segreto.



blackbear_inn_ext Black Bear Inn
The Black Bear Inn in Thredbo is a Tyrolean style lodge. All rooms have mountain views and ensuite bathrooms. Famous for its authentic bar and licensed bar featuring German beer on tap, with a wide selection of local and imported Schnapps.

Ski 'n Save consultants can package your accommodation, lift passes, lessons, ski and clothing hire together so you don't have to worry about a thing except who you are going to bring with you!

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First time to the snow? Don't worry. All of the Australian Ski Resorts offer comprehensive first-timer packages and together with our local knowledge and insight into the best places to stay and the best ways to have a safe and happy adventure, we'll ensure your first holiday in the Australian Alps will be a memorable one.

Some frequently asked question by those enjoying their first time holidaying in the snowfields

Where is the best place to stay?

The answer is different for everyone. There are many factors to consider for us to recommend the best place for you and what you want out of your holiday. Some of these factors might be: your budget, if you are travelling with young children, if you have a car, if you intend to ski/board the entire time or want some down time as well, if you want to cook for yourself or have your meals prepared, must have a view, or a spa,  etc. etc. etc. The list goes on. There is not a website in the world that can consider what you want out of your holiday and can then make the right recommendations. You can spend countless hours looking through so many websites and still not know what's best. So that's where we come in - we live and breath snow holidays and have done so for many many years. With us you'll know we've been there, done that and want to help you with your 'best' snow holiday. 

Those that haven't been to the snow before often don't realise how quick accommodation sells out. For example July school holidays are often completely sold out months before the season even starts. Weekends - don't think about waiting to the last minute, accommodation will be slim pickings if any at all. Book as early as you can and take advantage of early bird deals and you'll have a larger selection of accommodation to choose from.

Can I ski/snowboard without a lift pass?

No. If you wish to catch any lifts in a resort (chairlift, t-bar, magic carpets etc) you are required to hold a valid lift pass.

Do I really need a lesson?

Absolutely! Lessons are not compulsory but we highly recommend them. Why? Because within an hour or two you will learn vital basic skills for example how to stop and turn and this will help prevent the chance of accidents and injury. Not to mention having basic skills will set you up to advance and bring on the 'fun' factor so much quicker. Qualified instructors are taught how to teach you; your friends cannot do this no matter what they tell you and you may struggle for days to achieve what you could have conquered in just one lesson. Introductory lessons are often discounted for first timers and lessons can be taken in a class or for an additional cost private lessons are available. You will be put into a class with people of your same age and ability.

Do I need waterproof clothing for snow play and skiing/boarding?

Yes. It's not compulsory but without waterproof clothing and the right footwear you will probably get wet and cold. It is strongly recommended that you hire or purchase waterproof clothing for snow activities.

When will it snow?

As you know weather is unpredictable we would recommend checking one of the many weather forecasts online for up to date long-range and short-range forecasts. In addition all of the Australian Ski Resorts have snow making facilities which helps to maintain snow cover in periods of low natural snow fall.

Do I need travel insurance?

Like most insurances, when you don't have it and something goes wrong, you wish you had it. Most of us when travelling within our own country don't think about it. But if things don't go to plan, often your holiday is non-refundable and all is lost. So we strongly recommend travel insurance to cover you against loss of monies in the event of unforeseen circumstances preventing you from taking your holiday. Travel insurance can also cover you for a number of situations you may not consider such as the excess on your car insurance, lift tickets and hire gear that may be non refundable, cancellations fees.  For a detailed list of items covered and to book your insurance get an online quote now. Insurance for a 5 night holiday for a family of 4 is as cheap as $95. Not bad for peace of mind.

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