Have you ever thought ‘gee, I would LOVE to take my very young family to the snow but not for too long, because they will get tired and maybe need a nap or get too cold so we will need a break, a hot chocolate, some hot fries and maybe just a few hours play to introduce them to the snow?” (*and breath*). Well I have thought it MANY times and I think I’ve found the right place. Growing up my family never saw the snow. I always wanted to go but it wasn’t until I was 27 years old that I had my first snow experience in New York for Christmas. I really wanted to be one of those ‘snow families.’ I imagined being that family with matching snow gear out on the snow fields making snowmen, snow angels and becoming expert skiers. A gal can dream.
Last year I thought I had better make it happen. I was trying to work out how many days we should be away for with a 5, 3 and 1 year old. We were looking at Air BnB’s, hotels, little farm stay’s and other places that were further out from the ski fields. They were all so expensive. I couldn’t justify the kids throwing some snowballs and tobogganing for a few hours at the cost of a fortune. After some research and almost googling my exact opening question I found the answer.
Corin Forest Mountain Resort is a commercial ski field and tourist destination located in the Tidbinbilla Range, south west of Canberra in the ACT. About 3 hours South of Sydney. This place has a family focused environment. Corin provides 2.5 hours of snow play sessions 3 times daily at 8:30AM, 11:00AM and 2:00PM. And the time goes by fast. We were tobogganing for most of our time. There is a seperate section to build snowmen and perhaps a little snowball fight! What’s great about Corin is that it offers skiing and snowboarding lessons also. The ski slope is designed to help beginners gain confidence and become efficient on the snow. The slope features an easy to use “magic carpet” ski lift and gentle terrain. The resort has you covered with toboggan, pants, jackets and boots for hire.
I had Selāh attached to me. She was so snug and slept the whole time.. we had to walk up a decent size hill, well decent enough for toddlers and mothers carrying their babies. Once we made it to the bottom of the snowy mountain, you guessed it, there was another mountain! James helped the children up the small hill with their toboggan. I spent most of my time laughing my head of at our children!! Once they got the hang of it they left us for dust. Noah carried the toboggan while the girls toddled up to meet him, on they piled, Noah was on the back to push them off. It was a success nearly every time… Apart from the occasional landing on poor little Aquila. If you ask them where they would rather holiday… at the moment for today anyway it’s the snow. What a fantastic way to introduce your littlies to the snow and help develop a real love for the big slops.
At the end of our session we were greeted by a large log cabin, it was almost calling to us. Surrounded by a thick fog we could just see the smoke filtering out above the cloud giving us the momentum to get indoors to that huge open fire. We entered the warmth and thawed out. Inside you can buy yummy meals, hot chocolate and marshmallows to toast on the open fire. What a way to end the day.
Now, I highly recommend you plan your day well. On the way down we passed some wineries, Goulburn Gaol and a Dinosaur Museum. Why not stock up on bit of wine and great coffee beans for mum and dad and then drop the kids off at the gaol… jokes! The wineries we recommend to pick up a few wines on the way back are Eling Forest Winery, Lerida Estate Winemakers and Mount Majura Vineyard.
This really is the place to be for a family winter outing. Here are a few snaps of our glorious time from our last visit.