Snowboarding, skiing, snowmen and hot chocolate by an open fire. What’s not to love about ski season after a long, dry, scorching Australian summer? Nothing, right?
Gearing up for a winter escape to the Snowy’s sounds idyllic and while there is nothing wrong with reaching for the phone to book a chalet or room at your favourite resort, there are some pretty compelling reasons *not* to start dialling just yet.
1. Book your accommodation through Stayz.com and not only will you get a house all to yourself without screaming children and loud, drunk 20 somethings all around you, it will be a fraction of the cost. The one we rented in Talbingo came with a fire pit and wood all ready and waiting for us to rug up and sit outside toasting marshmallows. After that we could throw a few homemade pizzas into the pizza oven and jump in to the spa to drink wine and relax.
2. Waking up to birdsong on your front porch every morning.
3. Misty morning walks down by the lake. Not a soul around. Just you and your coffee.
4. While you’re down there, grab your camera. It’s just you and nature before the rest of the household wake up and are ready to head up the mountain for some fun in the snow.
5. The smaller snowfields like Mount Selwyn have pristine, almost untouched snowfall just waiting to be ogled and amazed at.
6. You have to drive to get to the snowfields. Now that doesn’t sound ideal on the face of it but our drive up the mountain was part of the fun of the holiday. We saw wild brumbies galloping across the plains which we would never have seen staying in a heavily populated ski resort, lyre birds crossing the road and watching the children’s faces as they saw the small drifts of snow on the side of the road get bigger and bigger as we approached was well worth the drive. We even stopped off at the Yarrangobilly Caves for an adventure on the way up the mountain one morning.
7. Detouring for a BBQ in the snow at Australia’s highest village on the way home from the snowfields. If you are staying in a resort there is no reason to get in the car at the end of the day. Cabramurra has a gorgeous little BBQ area with pristine snow crying out for your footprints and tiny snowmen. There is something delightful about cooking a BBQ while watching your children chase each other throwing snowballs.
8. Needing to go to the nearest town with a proper supermarket to get supplies. Also doesn’t sound like a good thing on the face of it, but it is. Trust me. If we had had everything laid on in a resort this trip would not have been necessary. A day out of the snow to explore the neighbouring towns didn’t just break up the ‘sameness’ of being in the snow keeping it fresh and fun, but we got to do the untouristy things as well as the touristy things. Did you know that Tumut has a broom factory you can tour? I don’t know what was more fun, my son and I spending days taking the mickey about wanting to go to the BRoom factory when we went in to town (emphasis on the BR) and bugging my hubby to take us to the BRoom factory every 10 minutes. Or him calling our bluff and actually taking us to the… no, it was the ridiculous amount of lead up to the BRoom factory that was the most fun. But watching straw BRooms being made by hand was kinda neat too. We explored old gold mines and ate at Goldrush era pubs. Walked the local wetlands and marveled at the beauty of every inch of the scenery on the drive to town.
9.Discovering your own little places that no one else has been.
10. This. Simply this. Looking at this every day cannot be beaten. And it is not at the top of the mountains.
A snow holiday outside of a resort is a completely different experience. You will see and do things you would never have done staying at the top of the mountains. Do yourself a favour and jump on Stayz to find your own version of a home away from home. Have new adventures and come home with stories of BRoom factories and campfires as well as tobogganing and snowmen.