Wanderlust

Snow Bunnies: Your Guide To The Ski Season In NSW

17 July 2018


Hellooo, ski season! Right now, NSW’s ski resorts are winter wonderlands, with skiers, snowboarders and après ski experts (guilty!) trekking to Thredbo, Perisher and Jindabyne every weekend.

If you’re hitting the slopes this year, here’s where to eat, play and stay at the snow.

THREDBO

EAT & DRINK

Merritt’s Mountain House. This European-style market dishes up salads, wraps and heartier meals (like bratwurst), but its main selling point is its daily ‘schnappy hour.’ Nab a seat on the deck and you’re golden.

Bernti’s Bar. This tapas bar serves the best steak and oysters in town. It gets rowdier as the night goes on, so if you’re buggered, go early. 😉

Terrace Restaurant. For date night, head to this romantic restaurant at The Denman, which has candles and wine aplenty, plus floor-to-ceiling windows that look over the snowy peaks. Keen to kick on? Denman’s Apres Bar has you covered.

Kareela Hutte. Sitting on the Crackenback Supertrail, the only way to get to Kareela is via skis or snowboard. Hitch a ride, and then feast on charcuterie, antipasto and European mains.

Eagle’s Nest. Welcome to Australia’s highest restaurant! The views are epic, and the modern Australian menu is mouth-wateringly good.

T-Bar. This restaurant-slash-bar is a Thredbo institution. It’s super cosy, and has a menu full of comfort food – think woodfired pizzas, pastas and mains.

Sante Churrasco. Cue the meat sweats! Treat your boy to dinner at this grillhouse, where the Brazilian barbecue and sides keep sailing out of the kitchen until you stay stop.

Central Road 2625. Need a strong coffee to ward off last night’s hangover? Head to this café. It’s decorated with pretty plants and pendant lights, and the breakfast is worth hauling your ass out of bed for.

Mumm Poolside Bar. After carving up the slopes, settle into the après-ski spot for the nights. Bring your cossie, because it has an outdoor heated pool and spa.

The Local Pub. One of Thredbo’s most buzzy post-piste hangouts, this pub ticks all the right boxes: good pub grub, pool tables and a bar stocked with every bottle you can imagine (we know you’re going to go straight for the vodka).

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PERISHER

EAT & DRINK

Aldo’s. Start your day with a juicy bacon and egg roll at Aldo’s. If you miss breakfast, the handmade pizzas and pastas are just as good.

Sundance. Sundance is foodie-famous for its pastries, pies, cakes and salad rolls. Go on, treat yourself.

Alpine Eyre Kiosk. For burgers, beers and sunshine, you can’t go past this kiosk. It fills up quickly at lunch, so try to eat at an ‘in-between’ time.

Base 1720. Tucked in the Perisher Manor Hotel, this bar does it all: a la carte lunches, three-course dinners, and colourful cocktails. The best seat in the house is in front of the fireplace.

The White Spider. Part of the Eiger Chalet, this restaurant serves Modern Australian meals with a side of live music most nights. On weekends, it’s a great spot to settle in to watch the fireworks over Front Valley.

Jax Chargrill. When you’re craving a big, juicy steak, go to Jax. It has every cut of meat on offer, and you can even cook your own – though we like to leave that to the experts!

The Man From Snowy River. In the afternoon, the lounge bar is lively with people downing drinks and digging into pub grub. After dark, the dining room is where it’s at. Go hungry, because it’s usually a two- or three-course set menu.

The Snow Gums Restaurant. Love a good old-fashioned buffet? At the Perisher Valley Hotel, this buffet will please even the most fussy eaters in your group.

Smiggins Hotel. Ski-in, ski-out to this spot and soak up the sun while sipping on a drink. If you’re around mid-week, this place goes off on Wednesday nights thanks to live music performances.

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JINDABYNE

EAT & DRINK

Birchwood. Jindabyne’s #1 brunch spot is also its prettiest. Birchwood’s menu changes with the seasons, but you can expect to tuck into gourmet brekkie and lunch dishes, and they cater to all sorts of dietary requirements.

Burger Biz. At this American-style diner, hip-hop beats play in the background as you gorge on burgers, hotdogs, and milkshakes. Hangover = cured.

Cocina Mexican Grill & Cantina. Gather your group of amigos for Mexican and cocktails at Cocina. It’s a guaranteed good time, especially if you order the signature margaritas. If you’re just looking to pre-drink, head to Agave, a chic bar attached to the restaurant.

Takayama Japanese Restaurant & Bar. If you can’t look at another burger, book a table at Takayama for sushi, dumplings and the best karaage (fried chicken) in the Snowy Mountains.

Café Darya. Have you tried Persian cuisine before? Now’s your chance! This local fave is BYO (winner!), and the menu is full of delicious, spicy dishes.

Lake Jindabyne Hotel. This mega-pub has multiple bars and hangouts, and insane views of Lake Jindabyne from its terrace. It’s worth popping in at least once.

The Banjo Patterson Inn. Dubbed ‘The Banjo,’ this place is huge. It has a standard pub area, a brewery, and the Overflow Bar, a cocktail bar which doubles as the only weekly nightclub in Jindabyne.

The Wild Brumby Distillery. This award-winning distillery makes schnapps using local Aussie fruits and spirits like gin. Go for a rowdy après-ski afternoon at least once!

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Winter wanderlust by Katia Iervasi