The Snow Gauge explains:
- The key base prices across resorts in a table
- The word on season passes, right now
- Why one resort has a big spring advantage
So, all ski resort prices in Australia are pretty much the same, right? Well, ummm, not quite.
Ok, if you bowl up for a day, on the day, you’re not going to notice too much difference at the five majors.
But I actually discovered some not insignificant price variations on a range of products as you’ll see overleaf.
It should come as little surprise to you that ski resorts will happily take as much of your money as they can get – and the earlier the better.
They’ll do you a good deal on a season pass if you buy in advance (I would argue too far in advance when it comes to Hotham/Falls where the pass more than doubles in price if you didn’t get it by the end of the previous season) and pre/early season accommodation deals abound.
But when it comes to fate’s fickle hand, snow holidays can be crueler than most leisure activities. Book in the first week of July in 2014? You were laughing – weren’t you? Riding top to bottom at Thredbo with a cheese-eating grin, not thinking about the wads of cash you were spending because the conditions were so good. Book for the first week of July in 2015? You’d be kicking stones, the cat and anything else you could wrap your Dalbellos around. Just to rub it in the snow came by the bucket load when you returned.
… or this. I’m thinking this.
Nice to see some natural snow to work with on the opening day of the Australian ski season!
A great sunny day and some nice cruising to be had to get the legs going again.
A big shout out to Mt Buller for offering free riding today – in a sometimes expensive past time this is a nice touch for customers.
Guns blazing at Thredbo
Cruising on Mt Buller’s Bourke St
The Dawsons at Perisher
Just like we couldn’t let the Kiwis win the Cricket World Cup, our ski resorts weren’t content with allowing their southern cousins to have it their own way either.
Up to 30cm has fallen in the high alpine areas of NSW, Perisher and Thredbo both boasting about the magic “one-footer” this morning.