1) Be prepared
Organisation is the key. Reserve your holiday accommodation early as lodges can book out well in advance. If you require hire equipment and clothing look on-line before you go, to find out where the most convenient hire store is located. Hiring equipment and clothing is the best way to try out all the latest gear for a fraction of the retail cost. Plus, hiring on snow is ultra convenient as you can change your equipment at any time. Come prepared with the right clothing. The Australian alpine areas are prone to extreme weather changes so it is a good idea to bring lots of layers and technical outerwear.
2)Book the kids in for a lesson
Skiing and snowboarding lessons with a professional instructor are a great way to learn and improve. The family will have the time of their lives and develop their riding skills at the same time. Most resorts offer age appropriate programs, so you can feel confident that your kids are being well looked after. Snowsports School lessons can be pre-booked, which means one less thing to worry about on arrival.3) Get out the door early
If staying off-snow, beating the traffic up to the resort can be the key to the start of a perfect day. For ease and convenience plan to stay ahead of the rush by leaving your accommodation early. If you are entering the resort by 7.30 am, you've done a good job. You can then grab some breakfast and be on first lifts! At Perisher Blue the lifts on Front Valley open at 8.30am, and the remainder of the resort opens at 9am.
At Perisher Blue you can park your car at Bullocks Flat and ride the Skitube. It is the quickest, safest and easiest travel option, particularly when juggling ski equipment, the family and luggage! If staying on-snow, secure overnight parking is available at Skitube, which means you can get out the door early as well!
4) Bring a good book!
There is no better way to end a day on the slopes than curled up in front of an open fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate in hand and a good book, it's the perfect way to relax and unwind. Most lodges have a secret stash of good novels to borrow if you forgot to pack your own.5) Cafe hop around the resort
Why not take a whole day out to explore the resort, stopping along the way in the many cafe's, kiosks and restaurants. Absorb the spectacular Snowy Mountain views and refuel at the same time. This is also a good way to sweat out a couple of kilos6) Keep hydrated
Skiing and snowboarding can be a demanding activity and a typical day on the slopes is several hours long. It is important to drink lots and rest when out putting in your turns. Not only will it enhance your experience on the slopes, but you will get more out of your riding as well. Besides, having a rest stop provides you with the opportunity to absorb the amazing scenery.7) Ride in powder
Perisher Blue is the largest of the Australian ski resorts. It's massive, so you can ski all day without having to catch the same lift twice, which means you can often find an uncrowded spot or fresh tracks days after a snowfall. To ride powder head out wide off Eyre T-bar on Mt Perisher, or to Outer Limits off the Ridge Chair at Blue Cow, alternatively stick near the trees at Guthega.
8) Hike to Paralyser
Mt Paralyser is a good option for experienced skiers and boarders, it's accessible from the top of Eyre T-bar and requires a stomp to get there, but is often worth it. This area holds good quality snow days after a fall and for those new to the backcountry it is a great place to head to gain some off-piste experience. The upper slopes are steeper and treeless and the lower slopes are gentler and feature nicely spaced snow gums.
Remember though this area is out of the ski resort and is not patrolled, so a trip there requires some planning: always go with others, tell people where you are going, go on fine weather days with experienced snowriders, take a mobile phone and plenty of water. Off Eyre T-bar ski down the back into the valley, then hike up the ridgeline. From the top take a fresh line to the bottom. To get back you can either traverse out to the Kosciuszko Road, or hike back up to Eyre. A round trip takes between 45 minutes to an hour.9) Lunch at Guthega Pub
Head to picturesque Guthega, along the Blue Cow traverse for some fun turns down the groomed slopes and out amongst the trees. A few runs will certainly work up your appetite for lunch at the Guthega Alpine Hotel. It is the perfect place to stop, refuel and take in Guthega's breathtaking views.10) Find secret stashes
Talk to the locals; they always know where all the great powder stashes can be found around the resort after a decent snowfall or a good night of snowmaking. Get in the know by asking around, subscribe to the Out of the Blue Newsletter to find out what's really happening in the Resort and don't forget to sign up for the snow reports for all the latest information, updated continually throughout the day.