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Wednesday, 22 July 2009

How to SAVE with a Snow Holiday!


It has been a remarkable season at Perisher, and it's still early days! The snow deliveryman made his first appearance for the season on Saturday 5 June and has been working considerable amounts of overtime ever since.

To-date an accumulated 156cm of snow has settled across the resort, that's 71cm in June and 85cm since the beginning of July, allowing Perisher to offer excellent riding conditions across its four resort areas. At present the official snow reading, measured at Spencers Creek (1830m), is a respectable 112cm.

The forecast for the remainder of the season is looking very promising. Pete 'The Frog' Taylor from Australia's number one weather forecast site snowatch.com.au is calling snowfalls around the 22 and 26 July, with a significant front expected on 3 August. We have already seen some amazing powder days with snow up to the knees, make the most of the awesome conditions a start planning your snow holiday today.

To help get you started we've put together some hot tips on how to save money and time when planning your snow holiday:

Look for accommodation specials!
This winter the boutique Perisher Valley Hotel is offering an Indulgence Package Special. Book 2 nights accommodation from $720pp or 5 nights accommodation from $1585pp and you'll also receive; full breakfasts, a la carte dinners, 2 or 5 day Mountain Passes, courtesy oversnow transport from Perisher Skitube Terminal to the Perisher Valley Hotel, plus FREE half-hour massage and welcome drinks on arrival. This package is valid from 4 September to the end of the season and is subject to availability. Call 02 6459 4455 for details.

Purchase a Multi-Day Pass and SAVE!
To get the most value for your money purchase a 5, 6 or 7-day All Mountain Pass. A 5-day Mountain Pass will set you back $449 which represents a saving of $65 off the price of 5 individual day passes. Other benefits include:

Ski or board Sunday afternoon for FREE when you purchase any 5, 6 or 7-day multi-pass starting on a Monday, mountain access is valid from 1pm on the preceding Sunday.
Free 5th Lesson on Sunday afternoons when you purchase a 5 to 6-day First Timer Lesson and All Mountain Pass (Level 1 Lesson only).
Free Night Skiing for children with a valid Mountain Pass.
Free Mountain Pass and Skitube travel for children 5 years and under.
Skitube Travel between Perisher Valley and Blue Cow is included with any valid Mountain Pass.
Spring Super Value Prices!
September is a fantastic time to hit the slopes; the days are longer, the snow conditions excellent and there are always plenty of price specials available. This spring, purchase a 5-day consecutive pass for $427, which includes a 2.5-hour lesson daily, that's an amazing $85.40 per day including a lesson! This offer is valid from 7 September until the season closes, when pre-purchased before 31 August 2009. Log on to: www.perisher.com.au to view benefits.

FREE Overnight Parking!
For a more convenient and stress-free trip to Perisher take the Skitube! If you're staying on-snow then park your car in the overnight security patrolled car park at the Bullocks Flat Skitube Terminal. Parking is FREE of charge and Skitube tickets include the NPWS entry fee too. Purchase a Family Open Return ticket for $168 (2 adults and 2 children) and save!

Snowsports School Lessons!
Impress your friends, learn some new ski or snowboarding moves and blow them away with your expertise. Perisher's 2.5-hour group lessons for first timers through to the more advanced offer great value for money.

Private Lessons are another great way to learn and save. Perisher offers a variety of personalised private coaching options to meet all budgets, personal needs and schedule. You can learn in a one-on-one environment, or bring your friends or family with you. Book a one-hour Early Riser lesson (8.30am) for 2-3 people for only $125!

Forget the hassle, hire!
There's no need to lug all your gear to the snow, simply visit Perisher's Slopestyle Hire outlets in Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggins Holes, Guthega, Bullocks Flat or at The Station. They have all the latest equipment and clothing gear you will need to hit the slopes in style. If something is not quite right, they will simply exchange it at any one of our outlets.

Plus, if you hire snow equipment from any Perisher Snowsports Hire after September 7, you will receive FREE locker hire for the duration of the hire period. Stow your gear close to the slopes and save time on getting back to your accommodation.

You can Save 25% any time during the season by pre-booking your equipment hire through The Station at the time you make your accommodation booking.

FREE Mountain Host Guided Tours!
Learn to ride around Perisher's enormous terrain on blue runs and discover secret nocks and crannies and personal favourites with Mountain Host Guided Tours! This is a fantastic opportunity for guests to ski or board with a veteran of the Perisher slopes for FREE. The first tour of the season commenced on Monday 20 July and will be on every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from now on. The tour will convene at the Mid Perisher Centre at 10:00am. Guests can register with Guest Services the day prior to ensure a place or can simply 'turn up' at the meeting place on the day, but with no guarantee of snaring a coveted spot on the tour. Call Guest Services on 1300 655 822 for details.

A snow holiday can be easy with a bit of planning, call Perisher Snow Holidays on 1300 655 811 or go to: www.perisher.com.au to find out how else you can cut the cost and save on your winter escape.

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