“The good thing about Canberra is that it’s so close to the snow” – Some jerk.
As far as back-handed compliments go, this is one of the best, but let not that proud Canberran rage get in the way of you and the snow!
We are a mere 3 hour drive from a type of cold that testicles fear, friction loathes and wallets despise, but all of the weight on the con’s side of the scale doesn’t come close to matching the awesomeness of sliding down a huge mountain really fast.
To take advantage of our prime, close-to-everything real estate, I have compiled a list of 1 day snow options. If you’re as time and money poor as I am (chances are you’re not), then 1 day is all you can afford, what with ski resorts starting at the price my liver would fetch before I discovered goon.
As far as Packages go, options are thusly:
Daily, depending on demand
Day skier Package :
- Thredbo – Ski or Snowboard Adult $163, Child $138
- Perisher – Ski adult/child $154
- Perisher – Snowboard adult/child $198
Includes everything you need to ski or board for a day; Park entry, unlimited/unrestricted lift pass, return bus and ski/board and boot hire.
Departs Jolimont @ 5.30am (Calwell @ 5.50am)
Arrives snow around 8am
Departs snow 4pm
Arrive Canberra 7pm
TBX Transborder Express
Running everyday but Monday, trips cancelled and refunded if less than 10 takers
Day Skier Package:
- Thredbo Ski or Snowboard Adult $165, Child $137
- Perisher Ski – Adult/Child $160
- Perisher Snowboard – Adult/Child $197
They offer a loyalty scheme which can get you 25% off if you use their services often enough.
TBX also offer everything you need to go up and down the mountains including gear hire, but they have more pickup points including Gangahlin (5am), Belconnen, Civic, Woden, Calwell, and Cooma.
Because there are more pick-up points, they arrive at the snow 30 minutes later than Murrays, but they leave the snow 30 minutes later too, so I guess it all evens out.
If you live in Gangahlin it’s tres convenient.
I think that’s it as far as day packages go. There may be some other bus options that take you to the slopes (http://www.snowalliance.com.au, http://www.snoexpress.com.au/) but I don’t think they offer lift passes (valued at $107 for Thredbo, and $109 [incl. Ski tube]) or gear hire.
The bus packages work out to be much cheaper than driving yourself, and you have the added bonus of not having to fight to keep your eyes open on the way home.
Happy snowing! May your bones stay unbroken!