The scenery is breathtaking driving to the skifields. Definitely worth even a day trip. Arrived 9:45am. We visited 2 days during school holidays, so was very busy. First day took until 11am to complete forms, purchase beginners' package tickets, get our boots and snowboards, so annoying. Not many staff to assist in all the different areas you need to go to. MUST have photo I.D. (Package included lesson, beginner & sightseeing lift passes, boots, ski or snowboard hire). Also charge 2% extra for credit card.1st lesson available to us at 12:00, lasting 2 hours, was way too long for me, so opted out after an hour. Beginners' area was too busy for me to feel comfortable snowboarding, so just did sledding with the kids. Hired sled for $15 and children's sightseeing chairlift passes were $18 each. Must be on sightseeing lift before 3pm to get back down in time for the 4pm close. We did enjoy that immensely. But the food in the cafe was quite stale, ordinary and expensive. Also must buy a lift pass card at $5 per person, which can be refunded when you leave. Day one cost me $460 for the 6 of us, without food.
The next day we decided to hire our skis + sleds from a hire shop away from the skifields. We parked the car, caught the free shuttle bus to the entrance, caught the chairlift down to Happy Valley and found our own little spot on the snow. Skiing within 1/2 hour. This was a Saturday, so got REALLY busy by 12, but did everything much more leisurely. Lots of time sledding and making snowmen too. Hiring offsite - 2 sleds + 2 sets of skis/boots, which we could share, cost $65. Took our own snacks, so great value day.
** Note that there is a rental office at the top near the chairlift which was really busy when we were there. OR, as we did, catch the chairlift straight down to Happy Valley, where there is another office for everything. As first-timers, you won't have to juggle all your stuff on the chairlift down, which can be a little daunting at first.
The sun was shining brightly both days ... was a beautiful experience ... the mountains were majestic ... everyone was happy ... would highly recommend to all.
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