Celebrity powder

High-profile Australians tell Rachael Oakes-Ash what they love about their favourite snow resorts.

Lisa Wilkinson

Presenter on the Today show, Channel Nine

Favourite resort:

Perisher Valley. I’ve been going there since I was 16 and it’s got better over the years with the addition of Blue Cow. I love the easy access with the Ski Tube and it’s so kid friendly.

Kieran Perkins with his children.
Kieran Perkins with his children. 

Favourite place to eat:

The restaurant in the Perisher Valley Hotel is always good and that open fire with all the surrounding couches is a great way to ease tired post-ski muscles. And there is a great pizza place in the Perisher Centre and they even deliver.

Favourite place to stay:

Celebrity chef Tobie Puttock.
Celebrity chef Tobie Puttock. 

Perisher Valley Hotel for convenience, particularly when the kids were little and going to ski school. Let’s face it, trudging too far in ski boots and loaded down with poles, backpacks, boots and overtired kids is a First World Form of Torture.

Favourite apres ski experience:

The night skiing, those drinks by the bar and that sleep you have after a full day on the slopes. Heaven.

 

Daryl Beattie

Grand prix bike racer and Moto GP commentator, Channel Ten

Favourite resort:

Thredbo. Honda use it every year to raise money for a cancer foundation. Thredbo always supports the cause.

Favourite place to eat:

At the Pub [Bar & Bistro] because it always has the best atmosphere.

Favourite place to stay:

Crackenback. It has great access and a great feel.

Favourite apres ski experience:

Cascades – great seafood and steak, otherwise the relaxed atmosphere of the pub. There are always plenty of war stories after a day of skiing.

 

Emma Freedman

Weekend Today Show weather presenter and David Jones ambassador

Favourite resort:

Thredbo for its terrific village atmosphere, really great people – the snow ain’t bad either! September is when I spend most time there for my boyfriend’s big-air event (Toyota One Hit Wonder) and every year I cannot wait to get back.

Favourite place to eat:

Berntis is a favourite. The owner, Donna, is always a hoot and very hospitable and the tapas are delicious. On mountain you can’t go past the Merritt’s Mountain House for fresh and healthy options (aside from the hot chocolate with whipped cream, which is hard to refuse.)

Favourite place to stay:

Thredbo Alpine Hotel is well decked out in a good location. And the Harry Seidler Lodge is very cool – like a throwback to the swinging ’70s.

Favourite apres ski experience:

Going to watch (or usually sing along with) a band at the Schuss Bar is a huge laugh. Or go and sidle up with the crew at Berntis. Things can be a laugh a minute there.

 

Anna Segal

FIS world champion slopestyle skier, X Games gold and bronze medallist

Favourite resort:

Thredbo as they have a great terrain park and awesome free-ski terrain.

Favourite place to eat:

Gourmet 42.My favourite place for breakfast. They make the best coffee and have delicious muffins.

Favourite place to stay:

On my friend’s floor, if I’m lucky there will be a spare bed. That’s the life of a pro skier.

Favourite apres ski experience:

The Piano bar at the Alpine Hotel, it’s great for people watching. It also adds class to my Thredbo experience.

 

Tobie Puttock

Celebrity chef, Termini restaurant and on My Kitchen Rules and Ready Steady Cook

Favourite resort:

I really try to get to the snow once a week and with Mount Buller three hours away it’s a no-brainer. When the snow is good I think it’s the most fun mountain in Australia.

Favourite place to eat:

If I am staying overnight I normally cook something but when I’m on the hill I always go to Koflers Hutte for apple pie, it’s a little ritual since I was about 15. If I feel like restaurant food it’s the Mount Buller Chalet. If it’s a quick reach for carbs it’s the Abom.

Favourite place to stay:

A couple of friends have apartments and they often let me crash there.

Favourite apres ski experience:

I don’t really drink at the snow any more, you can do that in Melbourne.

But sometimes after a great day and a beer is in order, I either go to the Mount Buller Chalet, if I’m feeling like a quiet glass of wine or a beer and a chat, or Kooroora for ‘‘downright beer drinking’’. If I want to party and go nuts, this is the place.

 

Fifi Box

Presenter, 2Day FM Drive

Favourite resort:

I fell in love with Falls Creek All Season Alpine Resort the second I got there. The slopes are incredible. And there are so many great places to eat and drink, and the nightlife goes off.

Favourite place to eat:

Winter haven has a great fireside menu, perfect for a cosy lunch or dinner, and Oishii at Silverski is a Japanese-themed restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere.

Favourite place to stay:

Quay West is a fabulous hotel for a touch of luxury in the village. It’s also great for room service with yummy food when you’re snuggling up on the couch in your room.

Favourite apres ski experience:

After a big day it’s great to enjoy a pizza and wine at JB’s bar, or I hang out and play pool at The Man Hotel – I’ve had some big nights there.

 

Jules Lund

Presenter 2Day FM Drive

Favourite resort:

Hotham Alpine Resort, for its variety of terrain, kat skiing access, and when it’s on, it’s on.

Favourite place to eat:

I love the White Room, it’s great for a civilised lunch in the middle of a ski day; a brekkie and coffee break at Swindlers is good around 10am when you hit the slopes at 7.30am for first tracks on Heavenly. Head to Dinner Plain for a night out at Tsubo; it has good beers too.

Favourite place to stay:

Zirky’s is great – a true ski-in/ski-out location with a cafe and bar. You can’t get much closer to being the first out on the hill there, and it has awesome views of the resort and the valley.

Favourite apres ski experience:

Toss up – Swindlers or Zirky’s decks in the sunshine, or head to the White Room for some killer cocktails and tapas.

 

Tracey Spicer

2UE presenter and Sky newsreader

Favourite resort:

Our favourite ski resort is Perisher because it’s so family friendly. In the Discovery Kids club, junior skiers are bribed with hot chocolate. An excellent strategy, I reckon.

Favourite place to eat:

The Snow Gums restaurant in the Perisher Valley Hotel. We make like Homer Simpson at the buffet.

Favourite place to stay:

The Perisher Valley Hotel is perfect because it’s right at the bottom of the main run. Some rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, so you can laugh at the learners (like ourselves) tumbling down the slopes.

Favourite apres ski experience:

I’m the mother of small children, so apres ski is sitting in front of the fireplace with a glass of red scoffing chocolate. Until 8.30pm,when I fall face-first into bed.

 

Tottie Goldsmith

Actress

Favourite resort:

Falls Creek because of the European feel of ski-in, ski-out. It has very few day or weekend skiers because it’s that bit further away. It’s a bonus that Mount Hotham and Falls are owned by the same lift company. You can grab a chopper and ski both in one day on the same pass.

Favourite place to eat:

I love having breakfast at Milch Cafe. It’s relaxed and cosy and has a very yummy breakfast.

Favourite place to stay:

I stay at Fjall because it is stunning, has amazing views and the back door is on a home trail.

Favourite apres ski experience:

I like having a drink at Astra, it has a great atmosphere with a gorgeous fireplace, a pretty good wine list and every vodka you can imagine.

 

Kieren Perkins

Olympian

Favourite resort:

Mount Hotham is a Perkins family favourite, because the Victorian Alps are so incredible and the village being at the top of the ski runs rather than the bottom gives the ski resort a really unique feel. Plus unlike a lot of other Aussie ski resorts you can fly into Mount Hotham, which is a huge advantage of convenience.

Favourite place to eat:

If your ski legs are getting a bit sore and you want to be spoilt for lunch head up the chairlift and try the White Room for Spanish tapas or European al a carte, although after indulging in such an amazingly satisfying meal it can be hard to resist the temptation to duck home for a little siesta rather than suiting back up to go and carve up the slopes. Dinner Plain Resort [10 minutes from Hotham] is like a postcard. It’s rustic cattlemen era, with log fires burning around paddocks in open steel drums. Book a babysitter and take your better half to Graze at Rundells for a rare night off from the kids.

Favourite place to stay:

We like Sambuca Apartments located on Hot Plate Drive, walking distance from the main chairlift. The views of Swindlers Valley and Mount Loch are spectacular and the apartments are spacious, with modern kitchens and balconies. The apartments we’ve stayed in had a fireplace and there’s no better way to relax and unwind after a hard day on the slopes than lounging around the fire with a glass of wine and watching the snowfall.

Favourite apres ski experience:

The Last Run Bar has family-friendly staff and a modern Australian menu. It buzzes with energy and is a good place to meet up with friends or other families for a casual night out. My wife Sam loves the day spa at the White Room and is obsessed with the hot stone massages. Kind of sounds like torture tome but she swears by them.

The Big D is a family snow zone where you can snowmobile, the kids can meet Mount Hotham mascot Harry the Snowdragon, you can night ski or generally mess around and snowball fight. The Big D is a fun place to experience the snow even if you’re not on skis or a board.

Dinner Plain has a tobogganing hill and open area where the kids can build snow forts and snowmen. Australian Sleddog Tours was a ride we'll never forget. What a thrill sledding through the snowy mountains with five Siberian huskies pulling us along. Afterwards the driver introduced each dog for a quick pat. The kids still rave about it.

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