eheethYeah perisher is still definitely fun - it can be better depending on the day, but you'll work out which one to choose once you get here.
Thredbo definitely has worse staff housing facilities than perisher which causes headaches every year for a bunch of people. I'm pretty sure I've heard that for jobs like grooming there's priority housing actually at Thredbo, so that might be worth asking about. There's normally one or two groomer houses floating around though, so you should be right
I'll mostly be riding Thredbo with working there unless I can ride Perisher on my pass. I'm still waiting to here back from them about the housing situation. Hopefully they have something decent or know of a place looking to rent to mtn staff.
SchlossAdlerHell yeah man, Thredbo/Jindy have my heart but I'm back in school. The living situation depends on what you want, Thredbo village is kind of a bubble and a bit more geared towards families on vacation and the older crowd/higher ups. Housing is pretty intense there. Jindy rent prices are insane (I was paying I think 150 a week to sleep in a bunk with 6 other people in a 3 bedroom house), but if you're a career snow bum you know the deal. Most of the seasonal workers seem to live in/around Jindy and it's definitely got more of an actual town feel to it, not to mention on the nicer nights chilling out on the lake is rad, I'd fully recommend living there. The nightlife is pretty meh, but there's some nice local pubs around (if you like chill vibes and good beer hit up Jindy brewing).
There's lots of touring options around so I'd highly recommend bringing your gear, out off Cruiser and off the back of Kozi chair and Anton's tee are the way to go. You can even hike straight up from the highway and dead horse gap if you want to get one in. Perisher is fun for a change but the skiing doesn't really compare to Thredbo, the runs are short and they have 2 (?) express chairs, the bottom of Thredbo will get manky as hell since its pretty low, but once the snow comes in up top gets nice windblown snow of Mt Kozciusko pretty consistently and if you know what you're doing you'll get some nice 10cm stashes all the way down every run a week after the last snowfall. Don't know if you're into park, but if so the park setup is ok, not as good as Perisher, but once they get Anton's going its a bit of fun, I don't know if he's still working there but the last few years one of the park dudes love weird features so you'll get some cool side take offs onto urban rails, stalls and weird angled boxes if he still is.
Flying into Sydney is better than Melbourne, but if you can I'd try to get to Canberra since its waaayyyy closer, sydney is still 5 hours by car I think (I'm from Melbourne and its 7 and a half easy). I think they run buses from both, but you might be able score a lift on the Thredbo staff facebook page. Also join that one if you're confirmed, useful for carpools, road updates, events etc.
Thanks for the tips! I'll probably try and bring my gear down then. Nice to get some hike laps with people after work. I dig the park and one of the reasons I'm heading down but I don't ride super hard these days anyway. Hoping to move into parks next year but this year mostly just slope grooming.
Canberra might work out depending on flight prices. Doesn't look like it's too much more expensive. I'll join that now. They still haven't let me know when I start but I'm guessing there will be a bunch of people heading there around the same time.
Any decent price hostels/backpackers in case I don't have housing sorted when I get there?