The Snowy Mountains, affectionately known as "The Snowies," are the highest mountain range in Australia. The region offers outdoor recreation all year, with several ski resorts open in winter. Lodging options in the mountains include cabins, farm houses, motels and all-season resort hotels, all surrounded by unspoiled mountain scenery.
Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel
Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel was built in 1938, earning it the nickname "The Grand Old Lady of the Mountains." It is a ski-in, ski-out hotel catering to skiers with drying rooms and equipment storage areas. Winter packages combine accommodations, breakfast and dinner with transport to the Charlotte Pass Ski Resort, plus optional lift tickets, equipment rental and ski instruction. Guest rooms range from standard rooms with one queen bed and a bunk bed to spacious suites with separate bedrooms. The fully supervised Frosty's Kid Club is complimentary for guests from 3 to 13, offering games, arts and crafts and age-appropriate movies. Other facilities include the Charlotte Adams Bar, which offers cocktails and a log fire; the Cellar Bar, where you can enjoy beer or coffee with a game of pool; and the Kosciuszko Chalet Restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Perisher Valley Hotel
Perisher Valley Hotel is a ski-in, ski-out, 31-room boutique hotel in Perisher Valley, just minutes from ski lifts, a snow school, equipment rental companies and numerous restaurants and bars. Every room and suite features high-end amenities such as LCD-screen televisions, plush bathrobes and wireless Internet. The suites boast a private enclosed balcony; the mountain view rooms and alpine suites feature chalet-style wood-paneled walls and ceilings. Guests have access to Snow Gums Restaurant, which offers panoramic mountain and valley views with buffet breakfasts and a la carte lunches and dinners, and a bar serving cocktails and hot drinks by an open fire. The hotel also features a spa, sauna and an in-house masseuse.
Thredbo Alpine Hotel
Thredbo Alpine Hotel, part of the Rydges hotel chain, is in the heart of Thredbo Village, just steps from the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. The hotel offers 65 elegant, modern guest rooms and suites including family rooms and a four-bedroom loft apartment with a fully equipped kitchen. Some of the suites feature an en suite spa bath; the terrace rooms offer a private furnished balcony with panoramic mountain views. The hotel's facilities include a circular outdoor pool, a spa and sauna and a picturesque duck pond. Dining options consist of the Pub Bar and Bistro, with pool tables and casual dining; Cascades Cafe and Bar, with an extensive wine list; and Segreto, a contemporary Italian restaurant. There also are five bars within walking distance of the hotel.
The Station Resort
The Station Resort features a village-style arrangement of accommodations, which consist of motel rooms and self-contained apartment units. Every room includes a refrigerator and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The apartments, which have two bedrooms and sleep up to six, include a fully equipped kitchen. Guests may borrow DVD players and board games from the reception desk. Bed-and-breakfast rates or packages for accommodations with lift tickets at Perisher Ski Resort are available. You also may pre-book ski gear through the resort. The ski resort is about 40 minutes by car; a shuttle bus service departs from the Station Resort every morning. The on-site Sundowners Nightclub hosts big-name acts and tours, and Happy Jacks Tavern offers live musical entertainment, sports on big screens, quizzes and pool competitions.