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When Is It Best To Buy A Season Pass?

Resorts usually offer a discount on season passes in early bird sales, usually a period of time before Christmas. Prices and discount change every year, but for example, last year Mt Buller offered $799 Season Passes for the first 2 weeks of December, regular price $1500! If you know you’ll be at the snow for a week or more next season, some research into season passes is not a bad idea, it could be cheaper than 8 single-day tickets!

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    How Does Ski School Work?

    Kid’s ski school lessons usually run in half day (am or pm) or full day programs starting around 9am. When taking your kids to ski school it is important to plan to get there early, there will be paperwork to fill out, and dragging children and ski gear can take more time than  you think! Also check with the ski school at the resort that you’re going to before you leave, there may be a requirement for bookings, especially on busy weekends and during school holidays. Helmets are also required for children by most if not all ski schools in Australia. Children are divided into groups by ability level and age, and paired with instructors for the day.
    Once you’ve dropped your kids off, you’re free to enjoy the slopes yourself until the pick-up time! Clarify what your lunch plans are (some ski schools allow you to meet your child for lunch, or some provide lunch for the kids) and know your kids are in safe, trained hands.

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    What Kind Of Shoes Should I Wear At The Snow?

    What kind of Apres snow boots (footwear) should I wear at the snow:

    We have many people asking us what is the best footwear or snow boots to wear up on the snow. Be it for your self or your children there are some very affordable options of apres snow boots. One of the biggest mistakes people make dressing for the snow is wearing the wrong footwear and socks. The wrong boots will mean your feet will get wet and cold very quickly. You need your feet to be warm and the correct snow socks and apres snow boots will help blood circulation and help maintain warmth and comfort.

    What to look for in your Apres snow boots:

    The main thing to remember when you are pushing through slush and mud is that you need a pair of shoes that will support you and prevent you from injury in the wet and that will provide warmth which is also as waterproof as possible while still maintaining breathability so your feet don’t get really sweaty.

    *Rubber soles will prevent you from slipping and give you peace of mind, plus keep you upright.

    *Gore-Tex this legendary waterproofing technology is as breathable as it is impenetrable. That means while water and snow can’t get in, sweat can get out, helping keep feet dry and as comfortable as possible, no matter what the conditions or outdoor activity.

    *Waterproof seam-sealed is the technology that makes snow boots practically impenetrable to snow and moisture without adding any extra weight to the footwear. By specially treating the leather or nylon and using waterproof tape to cover every seam and stitch. It’s like your feet are wrapped up in a safe and dry cocoon.

     

     

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    Where’s A Good Place Near Melbourne For Toboganning?

    Tobogganing is a fantastic way to introduce your young children to snow and maybe even spark the little skier or snowboarder within them!! From Melbourne, Lake Mountain (90 mins) and Mt Baw Baw (2.5 hrs) are the closest alpine areas for tobogganing and both cater to families with children, with clothing and toboggan hire available on site, as well as cafes and restaurants (and toilets) to make your day go smoothly.

    If you’re keen to go to one of the bigger, downhill ski resorts (Mt Baw Baw offers downhill skiing and boarding, however only has surface lifts, T-bars, pomas and platters) such as Mt Buller or Mt Hotham, all of the bigger resorts have dedicated tobogganing areas and gear for hire too. Do not take toboggans on ski runs, only use designated tobogganing areas for your own safety

    Ensure your kids have proper clothing (jacket and pants or an all-in-one), gloves, socks and boots so they stay dry and warm and enjoy their time at the snow!

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    What Should I Wear Under My Outerwear?

    Layering under outerwear (jacket and pants) is the most important part of getting dressed to go skiing. The most essential layer is thermal underwear, which wicks away sweat and moisture from your skin. Base layers (thermals) come in a range of materials in different price ranges, from polypropylene blends to merino wool. Snow Thermals are a great product that has heat-reflecting technology to retain body heat.

    Second layers can include vests, fleeces, and soft-shells that act as an insulating layer. This layer is very important especially if you get cold easily or have a thin, shell jacket on a cold day. Hoodies and other cotton layers should be avoided as they soak in moisture and get waterlogged easily. Neck-warmers and scarves can also be added for extra warmth, and of course, your outer jacket on top!

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    Can I Take My Pet To The Snow?

    Sorry guys, the answer is no. Animals foreign to the alpine areas of Australia can damage environments if not restricted. Exceptions are made for pets of full-time staff in alpine resorts with prearranged permits. Dogs are not permitted in alpine national parks for day trippers and families on holidays.

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    What Should I Do if I Get Sick Or Injured On The Mountain?

    If you are injured while skiing or snowboarding, your first point of call is the Ski Patrol on the mountain you are riding. Ski Patrol are very experienced skiers trained in stabilizing you and getting you down the mountain safely to medical assistance. While waiting for ski patrol for yourself or someone in your group, try to keep the injured person as motionless and comfortable as possible, and stick skis/board in the snow upright in an X to warn other skiers to avoid the area. Mt Buller, Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and other Australian ski resorts have on-site medical centers that can tend to general sicknesses and injuries or arrange transport to a hospital. Airlifting to hospital also occurs in cases of serious accidents. On-site medical clinics also can give notes regarding sickness/injury that are required by most mountains to claim refunds on pre-purchased tickets.

     

     

     

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    Ski Helmet Safety For Kids

    Ski Helmet Safety For Kids:

    Here at Ski and Board Online we have a great selection of Giro helmets to meet every child’s personality enabling you to make safety a priority when at the snow. A kids helmet for skiing and snowboarding is one of the most important items you can purchase as a parent to keep your children safe when on the mountain.

    Important Information:

    The Australian Ski Area Association (ASAA) has recently reviewed and updated its guidance on helmet’s use in alpine and snows sport environments and recommends the wearing of helmets by Australian Skiers and Snowboarders. The ASAA recognizes that a helmet may make a difference in reducing or preventing injury. Its important to note that helmets are most effective at providing protection at speeds of 20kmph or slower. Helmets are now compulsory for all children participating in any Ski and Snowboard school lesson or seasonal program. Children not wearing an accredited helmet will not be able to participate in skiing or snowboarding lessons, race training or coaching.

    Getting it Right:

    Ski and Snowboard helmets are specifically designed for skiing and snowboarding usage. Wearing another sports helmet, such as a bicycle helmet may not provide you with adequate protection at the snow. This includes safety and comfort considerations. The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet is the fit. A properly fitted helmet will be comfortable with no pressure points, and it’s best to try on with your goggles, because if there’s a gap on your forehead between eyebrows and hairline this exposure will get wet, cold and give you the worst kind of ice cream headache. Its important the goggles work together with the helmet, providing you with the correct amount of airflow for your goggles and your helmet.

    How does the sizing work ?

    Ski helmet sizing is measured similarly to your bike’s. Measure a tape or string around the circumference of your head and this will give you a centimetre measurement. Brands measure differently and have different adjustments on the helmet however a general guide goes like this: Small Kids XS – S, Bigger Kids S – M, Teens S – M – L, Adults S – M – L, Most Women S – M, Most Men M – L, Men with big heads L – XL. Most kids heads are mostly grown by the time they are 9 years old, so don’t worry about them growing out of it as usually they last a few years.

    Can I rent one on the mountain ?

    Some resorts rent snow helmets to those who don’t have one and want to have a lesson. This is certainly a budget option to consider however you should also know that linings are not removable and cannot be washed. Certainly renting one is a much better idea than going without.

    What about a cheap one from a discount store ?

    As safety is paramount for your kids at the snow, we would not recommend budgeting for a discount store or a second hand one. Once majorly impacted, they should be replaced immediately as the structure and safety has been compromised. The risk is up to you.

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    Are There Any Creche Services On The Mountains In Australia?

    Mt Buller, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham all have creche facilities which means if you choose this option there is much more time for you to be out skiing and enjoying the snowfields.

    All of them have all day, half day morning or afternoon sessions. Times are usually between 8.30am – 4pm but check with the mountain for the exact times.

    If you are visiting Mt Buller then they take children in the creche from 3 months to 3 years, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek take children from 3 months to 5 years.  The kids will enjoy a wide range of activities during their stay and if old enough will enjoy snow play too.  You may wish to book on a day to day basis and can change your days and times to suit your needs. Before booking check with the mountain that you are visiting to ascertain what you will need to provide for the creche.

    These links to Mt. Buller, Falls Creek and Mt. Hotham will give you more information on what is offered and the cost involved.

     

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    When is the Best Snow?

    When is the best snow available?

    That depends on the year, every season is very different, the most likely time that you will experience more and regular snowfalls is midway through the season, say mid July through to late August.  Many families book to visit the snow in the mid-term break, this has been known to have little or lots of snow.

    If you are going to book in advance for this time then try for later in the  school holidays which will give you a better chance of snow.  During the middle of the season and given that there is usually lots of snow by this time you will find that prices for accommodation will rise and there will be less accommodation available so if you are thinking of this time book early so you are not disappointed.

    If you are just wanting snow-play for young children then anytime in the season will be o.k., if it’s cold enough they will have man made snow and this will give you ample areas to toboggan all day.

     

     

     

     

     

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    What’s The Deal With the No Snow Guarantee?

    Each mountain will have a Snow Guarantee Policy which means you can book your snow holiday with confidence. At Mt. Buller the Snow Guarantee is provided by Buller Ski Lifts and participating Mt Buller accommodation providers. It is a money-back guarantee on all prepaid accommodation, rental and lesson packages and lift tickets.

    If there is insufficient snow cover and they don’t have at least 4 of the snow guarantee lifts operating in the 2 days before your scheduled arrival. You must contact your booking agent and cancel or re-schedule your booking. There must be at least 4 of the following lifts operating. Blue Bullet Express, Holden Express plus any 2 of the following lifts: Wombat, Shakey Knees, Skyline T-bar, Koflers T-bar, Summit, Howqua, Bonza, Northside Express.

    The Snow Guarantee only applies if the lifts aren’t operating due to insufficient snow cover and doesn’t apply where the lifts are closed due to weather conditions or mechanical breakdowns or equipment failure.  It also doesn’t apply for retail tickets purchased on the e-store or at on-mountain sales offices.

    Here is a link that you can check out regarding the Snow Guarantee at Mt. Buller.

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    How Can I Make Going to the Snow Cheaper For My Family?

    Going to the snow in Australia is expensive so using ways to reduce the cost is important.  If you are going with another family then look at sharing accommodation. You can book accommodation in a lodge and many of the rooms have bunks in them so you may be able to accommodate all the kids in one room. These places have kitchens so taking your own food is much cheaper than eating out. You may also be able to share the drive this way you will only need to hire one set of wheel chains.

    Going to the snow Monday – Friday works out cheaper for the accommodation.

    If you haven’t got any gear then if possible borrowing jackets and pants is good but buy your own helmet, gloves and goggles. Ski and Board Online has great range of affordable snow gear and items.

    If you are a student then lift passes are at a reduced rate.

    Another option is to stay off the mountain so if you are going to Hotham stay in Dinner Plain, Falls Creek stay in  Mount Beauty, Thredbo stay in Jindabyne and Mount Buller stay at Mansfield or Merrijig.

    During the snow season there generally  4 different rates for accommodation, Winter-fest is early in the season, Shoulder June/July, Peak in August and Spring which is September until close. By booking out of season and midweek can save hundreds of dollars.

     

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    How Do I Get My Family To Ski School In The Morning?

    Getting to ski school on time in the morning can be challenging so by being organised the night before is a big plus!

    Have their gear laid out and ready to go.   Get the kids in bed early so they are well rested for their big fun day out.   Have a open bag to take with them containing their après boots, helmet, goggles and any other bits that you think they might find useful during their day.

    They don’t need to be walking around and over to ski school in their helmet and goggles, this can make them hot and uncomfortable.  Once you have signed them in and they are ready to go out in the snow the helmet and goggles can be put on quickly.

     

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    When is The Best Time To Go To The Snow in Australia?

    The best time to go to the snow in Australia is between mid June to mid September.

    Generally the middle to later part of the season is usually the best as the snow has been falling and there will be a good base to build on. The more snow that there is the more slopes become available to ski which gives great variety for the whole family on the mountain.