Skiing with kids at Perisher

Snow much fun at Perisher

My devilish duo love snow. Though, if I’m being honest, until last ski season, and our visit to Perisher, they’d spent more time falling in it, playing in it and eating it (they do know to avoid the yellow variety) than they had skiing on it or, in fact, spending more than a few consecutive minutes upright in it.

Family fun at Perisher

But Perisher knocked our thermal socks off from the moment we arrived to gently falling snow.

Off to explore at the Perisher Valley Hotel

In fact, my wee weirdos were so impressed that we hadn’t even checked in to our digs, the family-friendly Perisher Valley Hotel, before they were rolling in snow, tongues out like a pair of deranged mutts lapping at the sky because according to the smaller of my two nutters, “snow tastes like sky-flavoured granita”.

Snowball fight at Perisher

This has to be one of Australia’s best spots for skiing with kids. The ski-in, ski-out hotel is located right in the heart of the action and our comfy tri-level suite is spacious enough for us to hide from our insane offspring for a minute or two. It also offers us glorious views over Perisher’s Front Valley.

The view from the Perisher Valley Hotel

And there’s a spa, sauna and in-house masseuse for the use of guests who aren’t accompanied by small rabid children as well as a games room for normal families to relax and play in after a busy day on the slopes. Clearly, that would be other families because there is nothing even remotely normal about this one.

Apre ski hair

Perisher Valley Hotel is the perfect location for a family ski holiday because along with directs snow access, the hotel also offers internal access to all of Perisher Centre’s facilities. These include a shopping arcade, restaurants, ski hire, the Snowsports School, and Snowy Daycare (for children aged six weeks to three-years old) where Sugarpuff spent her day eating paint, making friends and terrorising the lovely staff, while we took a Michelin-man impersonating Raffles off for lessons at Blue Cow, just a couple of minutes by ski-tube away.

Blue Cow, one of four village bases at Perisher Ski Resort, offers challenging runs for those inclined but has excellent beginner slopes perfect for kids… and uncoordinated parents. That would be me.

As Raffles took off for his lessons he implores Mr Eats World and I not to worry about him as he’ll be ready to hit the black runs by the time we get back. So we left our slightly over-confident son to his dreams of world ski domination for a morning of racing each other down the slopes, giggling like a pair of naughty school kids all the way. There may also have been a stop for a bevvy or two, but don’t tell. The kid-free hours were fun, though my ankles felt like they’d been savaged by pit bulls, and I confess to having fallen over so often that my arse had more bruises than James Packer after a kerbside catch up with an old mate.

By the time we returned our little powder pup wasn’t quite ready for those black runs but we were quietly slack-jawed at his progress.

Raffles rocks ski school at Perisher

My awesome little dude was flying down the slopes and riding the magic carpet with a grin frozen to his gorgeous face… and by frozen I mean that I could quite literally see icicles forming around his eyebrows.

Despite the chilly temperature and looming frostbite, Raffles was enjoying himself far too much  to leave and had to be dragged off the slopes so we could make it back to Perisher in time to collect our other little snowflake from childcare where, judging by the fact that she had managed to paint herself all the colours of the rainbow, she’d also had a lovely time. Luckily, the yellow and pink stripes she sported on her forehead coordinated beautifully with the multi-coloured snowsuit we stuffed her into in readiness for some frosty family fun.

snowman at perisher

Snowballs were flung, angels were made and an epic snowman was constructed by Raffles while Sugarpuff played with her best friend, Johnny, a plastic pineapple from Hawaii, and ate the snowman’s face… sometime’s it is just safer not to ask – about her choice of friends or the Hannibal Lectrette impersonation.

don't eat yellow snow

Following our frosty frolic there’s still  just enough time to dry off and clean up for an amazing dinner at Snow Gums Restaurant where, exhausted, we watch the sky light up with fireworks before tucking our weary kids, and a plastic pineapple, into bed to do it all over again the next day.

Perisher fireworks

Now as we don’t like to visit the same place twice, usually because the second time is only to apologise we need to decide which ski resort our little snow bunnies can wreak havoc in this winter…

12 Comments on Skiing with kids at Perisher

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 19, 2015 at 6:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Hehe what is it with kids and skiing? I love the snow when I was little but now I’m more into apres skiing. I hear the lower centre of gravity with kids is better for when you fall over while skiing!

      May 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

      That’s true and they bounce better than us brittle oldies 🙂

  2. Kyla James
    May 19, 2015 at 9:08 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to get my 5 year old on skis – looks like Perisher might be the place.

      May 21, 2015 at 12:03 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s fabulous Kyla. CAn’t recommend it enough for kids

  3. Mr Eats World
    May 19, 2015 at 9:37 pm (4 years ago)

    We need to get Sugarpuff on the slopes next time.

      May 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Watch out world! 🙂

  4. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    June 3, 2015 at 10:04 am (4 years ago)

    My little man occasionally asks to go on a snow holiday (we are from Perth, no snow here and we don’t know how to ski) at which point I remind him there will be no water slides.

    So we haven’t been skiing yet, but the snow does look fun!

      June 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s great! My too love summer but given the choice would both prefer a snow holiday 🙂

  5. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    June 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Sky flavoured – love it! My girls would love to go and see the snow (thank you DIsney Frozen franchise!!) because they have never seen it before. So no, they can’t ski but they’d give it a red hot go.
    Thanks for joining in #wednesdaywanderlust this week!

      June 3, 2015 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

      You should take them they’d love it.

  6. Vanessa
    June 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Fireworks over ski field – looks amazing!

      June 3, 2015 at 11:04 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s incredible, Vanessa


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