The weekend is over and I am thinking about snow. The New York Times Travel section has a distinct snow theme as it talks about how to secure the best prices for ski passes, how they make the best burgers on the mountain, and how you can make the most of the upcoming ski season! It is hard to imagine a ski trip right now – there should be snow, and I should have skied by now, but mother nature has had other ideas! After a record snow a few years ago, she is holding out on us! There is still grass to be seen, and not a drop of snow!
The NY Times travel section got me thinking about when I used to live in Australia. Every August I would make my pilgrimage to the Snowies. Perisher was my ski region of choice – Chalet Sonnenhof my favourite place to stay on snow. I had spent a couple of years staying down in Jindabyne, carting my ski gear up the mountain every day, but decided that I was looking for a winter wonderland, and somehow the lack of snow in the valley just wasn’t giving me that picture! On snow at the Chalet was brilliant – out the front door, skis on and ski down to the lifts. At the end of the day, the people mover would bring us back up the hill, weary from a fabulous day on the slopes!
Getting to the Chalet, at times, was a bit of an adventure. After driving for a number of hours from the Central Coast (north of Sydney), it was a case of park the car, get the bags and skis to the train station and take the ski tube to the top! It’s hard to describe the joy as the train travels from the scrub at Bullocks Flats to the snow at Perisher Valley – the anticipation of a weekend escape to the snowies with each chug of the train. Every year that I lived in Australia, I made that August trip to ski. You just got to love the gum trees in the snow – such a spectacular sight. The Snowies were always such a great weekend. I could never get over the fact that I could spend the weekend skiing, then drive home and go for a walk along the beach!
August is peak ski season in Australia. You will have to deal with the crowds, but after many years of August skiing, it is worth it! Stay on snow – even better – you are already there! Perisher Valley is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. It is part of the Kosciuszko National Park.
While I have never been to Perisher in the summer, I have heard there is plenty to do. Jindabyne Lake is a great spot for fishing and water sports. Craving more adventure – try Mountain Biking for some of the highest mountain trails in Australia. NSW Travel lists fly fishing, horse riding, canoeing, white water rafting, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking and 4WD tours.
Winter, spring, summer, fall – there is plenty to down in the Snow!