We really enjoyed our stay at Matterhorn Lodge for a ski weekend. The rooms are generous in size, the food was great (& well sized for hungry skiers!), common areas were roomy & the entire lodge is well run by friendly staff.
Location wise the lodge is a bit of a hike uphill on snow (or slush) covered roads from the main ski tube terminal so you do rely on the oversnow transport to get there. In the mornings however, it is possible to ski direct from the lodge door to the quad chair (providing the creek is well covered with snow & you get a decent run up).
The lodge advertises complimentary pick ups with luggage on Friday afternoons from the ski tube from a certain time, however we called them earlier than the designated time & they were more than happy to come & get us. Likewise on the Sunday morning, we were able to have our luggage transported earlier than advised so we could stow it for the day elsewhere & get an earlier start on the slopes.
For people unable to keep their car parked at Perisher for the weekend, the Sunday transport times may not be convenient - (either between 9am-10am or 2.30pm which means their final ski day is cut short unless someone takes the ski tube back to get their car & returns to Perisher for the bags to be stored for the day). I wonder however if the lodge would be flexible with this if asked as they were very happy to help with everything else.
For kids the games room adjacent to the bar was great entertainment. Adults could be close enough to supervise their children, while still able to relax around the fireplace. Bar prices were expensive, but so is everything on snow. I was pleasantly surprised with the Friday night meal we bought over the bar (not included in the package price). This cost $15 for adults or $10 for kids for a generously sized dish (3 choices). Given that we were effectively 'trapped' in the lodge for the evening due to poor weather, they could have charged what they wanted for food & we would have been forced to buy it.
While staying on snow makes for an earlier ski start, in Perisher you are disadvantaged by the terrain in the village as it is difficult to walk at night on the snow/slush covrered roads. These are not cleared because they are used by the oversnow vehicles - & paying $12 per person for a one way trip of 800 metres seemed a rip off.
Overall we were very happy with our accommodation choice - but think for better value next year we'll ski overseas.
- Also Known As:
- Matterhorn Hotel Perisher Valley