The family and I have stayed at Perisher Manor the last two ski seasons. When I go skiing with my kids I like to keep the logistics to a bare minimum, and just enjoy the experience. Skiing in Australia is almost prohibitably expensive so I'm all about the bang for the buck. Having tried staying in Jindabyne and hauling the clan up the mountain each day on the Skitube, the convenience of stepping out the front door onto the snow in the morning, and skiing up to the door in the evening, makes all the difference. I think that is probably the best aspect of this hotel - convenience.
The rooms are decent (we stayed in a Deluxe Resort) but a little cramped with 5 of us. The room facilities are good and the beds were very comfortable. The TV was rubbish with only some free-to-air channels, most of which were fuzzy. Foxtel channels were available but only on a single TV in a shared area. The restaurant was fine, although it was better in 2011. The communal fireplace is lovely to sit around at the end of the day, especially with a nice cappucino or hot chocolate. The drying room is a bit small, and the locker facilities are ok (bring your own padlock if you're worried about theft).
If you stay mid-week make sure you book in for the night skiing. The convenience of skiing to the door after the session is done is awesome, especially when you see other poor sad sacks wandering over to the skitube (makes you feel very spoilt).
Depending on the conditions (and your luggage) the walk from the terminal/parking can be a bit challenging so you might want to organise some oversnow transport when you arrive/depart. Also the late check-in is a bit of a pain if you're skiing a half day.
Compare the Manor to other accommodation at Perisher Valley and it's an easy choice to make. It's expensive but worth it. I'll be back in 2013.
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