- Overall Rating 5
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 4
Date Visited: Jul 28, 2008
Been here so many times its hard to be objective but here goes....
Best pub on the hill is the General Store for bands, disco, sport on TV and cold beer at any time of the day.... Best Night Spot for dancing and the pretty people set is Swindlers bar.... Best Budget Eat is the General whilst good food at mid range prices you should hit the Last Run bar. Pricy but excellent is Zirkys or the Japanese Place at Dinner Plain... Dinner Plain Pub is good value too....
Skiing. Advanced stick to Heavenly Valley and the Extreme Area. Intermediates should make the trip out to Orchard but it is a pain to get to. Beginners.... Stay ABOVE THE ROAD.... everything below is to hard and the views arent as nice. Beginners should go late August or early September when the sun is out and most of the place is super groomed which makes it really enjoyable.... Die hards go mid July - mid August for freshies....
Accommodation.... Reasonable $$$ Apartments go for Arlberg as they have everything onsite from hire, restaurant and a pool / spa / sauna area. Looking for luxury go for the houses on the side of the Basin Run if you have a group of punters or Zirkys if going intimate with a close one.... Budget on the hill.... book a bed at a ski lodge from $45 - $70 per night which often includes breakie.
Best Value if you are happy to drive to Hotham (10km) each day is Dinner Plain lodge called CURRAWONG. Book the whole joint for 5 nights (7 bedrooms all with ensuites)for about the same price as a weekend at Hotham Basin houses. They even throw in breakfast, all linen and spa towels. Two huge lounges and a 10 person spa make it ace as well as a huge kitchen to feed a group if you need to. It works out to about $30 per night if you fill every bed int he joint (28) but i suggest you have a bit of space and go with 15 or so adults (and throw in a few kids for free) it works out to about $55 per night per adult if doing the week and breakie is included... Tough to beat.
Hope this helps