My family and I enjoy an annual snow holiday to Perisher and have been doing so since 1990. After a few experiments with other accommodation (including some private lodges) we tried the Sundeck Hotel...and have never been anywhere else since!
Australia's highest hotel is the only true ski in-ski out hotel in perisher, located at the top of front valley overlooking the ski slopes and village. This means you can get first tracks of the morning, every morning as all the other poor souls wait anxiously for the lifts to begin spinning.
We generally stay for 5 nights arriving sunday, departing Friday (you can ski free on a sunday afternoon if you arrive after 1pm). The ski tube is your only option for accessing the resort as there is day parking only up on the mountain. But this is fine as it makes for an easy trip up and down. If you're not too fussy about the quality of gear you hire I would recommend hiring from the perisher skihire at the bulloks flat terminal of the ski tube. This way you pick up your skis after you have arrived and dont have to worry about transporting them in the car. Then you simply take the train with your luggage and ski gear (a bit cumbersome but you'll survive) up to the perisher station. Your accommodation at the Sundeck includes the cost of oversnow transport and you can easily arrange for a transport up the mountain to the hotel on your arrival at the terminal.
Arriving at the Sundeck is always a real treat. If its a nice day there will people out in the snow covered courtyard enjoying a bbq lunch. A quick trip to meet all the friendly staff at reception and you’ll find yourself in your modest yet comfortable rooms. They are ensuited, have comfy beds, heaters, clothes racks and tea and coffee facilities... but most impressive is the fabulous ‘snowscape’ view that greets you from your window. If you have opted for the mountainview room you will be sure to see some stunning sunrises across the mountain range during your stay.
If you’re like me you’ll then be itching to hit the slopes so collect your skis and gear from the ski room, walk about 5 paces out the door, click on your skis and your off on your first run of a great holiday. When you return hit the bar for well earned drink. The bar is fully stocked, well priced (considering other on-snow options), features a pool table, great views over front valley and entertainment every night (a mix of soloists, comedians and the owner Cliff’s trivia competition which I am sure gets harder every year!). Then slip next door into the lounge for some relaxation. There is an array of comfy lounges, a tv loft for the kids, various board games and of course wall to wall panorama views of the valley. Dinner is served in the adjacent dining room and is the perfect mix of friendly service and generous food without too much formality. Dinner is 3 course a la carte style with three options for each course and the menu changes daily.
As for other meals: Breakfast starts early with a whole lot of hot and cold options to fill you up before a hard day on the slopes. Lunch is the only meal not totally included in your accommodation price, although you do get some lunch tokens to use at the hotel (for a five night stay you get three lunches). Lunch is a modest affair, generally involving a bbq and salad out in the snow courtyard. If you are looking for an alternate place for lunch one day I would definitely recommend talking the long (and easy) run over to Guthega to the Burning Log cafe...ok food and a good fun ski to get there.
If you are planning a holiday in Perisher and are looking for the most unique, convenient and comfortable place to stay then I would definitely recommend the Sundeck Hotel ... we’ll be going back for our 16th year in 2011!
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