You want perfect weather to take your kids to the snow. No blizzards, no wind, a little falling snow for a bit might be nice but really, its the lovely day you want to justify the huge expense of taking your family to the snow.
This season has been a bumper snow season but with all the wonderful snow falling, guess how many of those fronts came through on the weekend, along with the winds and the generally unpleasant weather? Mmm… heaps. Living next to Kosciusko national park ourselves, I know how many weekends were just wet and windy and grey.
It was just one of those weekends when we spent 4 nights at Trailblazer. Grey, drizzly and largely uninspiring.
Trailblazer’s Tips for a Great Snow Holiday with Kids
1. Book off the mountain
If the weather is uninspiring then there is plenty to do in town! In Bright, there are cafes, the Brewery, walks, drives and parks. Our girls enjoyed everything Bright has to offer while the weather was average. We drove to Harrietville in the drizzle and huddled up in a gorgeous little cafe. We rode bikes along the river into town and did the Canyon Walk in weather gaps and ended up in Brewery for Sunday arvo music and beer. Fabulous!
2. Stay for longer than the number of days you want on the snow
Those couple of extra days will let you get the pick of days to spend up big on lift and resort passes. I also think that you can also make it a proper holiday because you don’t have to smash yourself with 3 or 4 hard days on the slopes. Take your time and pick your days. Don’t be afraid to ask for discounts for extra days or what the owner can do because many houses remain empty during the weekend but book out for the weekend. I know that we are open to any reasonable offer.
3. Get up to Mt Buffalo for a morning or arvo on the snow FOR FREE!
Mt Buffalo is the perfect place for snow play! There’s 2 great tobogganing sites that are fantastic for kids (and parents.) Dingo Dell has a cafe with hot drinks and toilets etc. It’s only 40 min away and easy to spend a morning or arvo there. We’ve got a 2 and 5 year old and are still controlled by the need for an afternoon sleeps. Its perfect for building snowmen and working around whatever is happening with the weather.
4. Pick your perfect days for Falls Creek
Our 2 year old ruled us out of the Falls Creek snow day this year but my husband took the bus from Mt Beauty up the resort and returned a tired, happy man. Next year we’ll do it is a family but with afternoon sleeps and tobagganing at Mt Buffalo, we had more than enough snow to keep us happy.
I think a week in Bright in winter is going to be on regular for family. With plenty to do around Bright, snow play for free next door at Mt Buffalo and then a couple of big day trips up to Falls Creek for skiing… Perfect.