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Corin Forest: Budget family winter holiday

Looking for a winter wonderland to take the kids? Corin Forest boasts snow play, skiing, snow boarding and ski school for both young and old and all on a budget!

Corin Forest: The Perfect Family Winter Holiday

Just 3 hours away from Sydney, or 45 minutes from Canberra,  is this hidden treasure that families are going wild for! Tiffany Lindsay and her family of four tell us why Corin Forest should be on your winter holiday wish list.

Location, location, location

While majority of people will be heading to Perisher to hit the slopes, Corin Forest is closer to both Sydney and Canberra and accommodation is much cheaper than the big snow resorts.

In the scenic national park, Corin Forest is a beautiful setting for families who are looking for a snow experience with their kids. 

Complete with the 2500 square metre snow play area, a custom-built beginner ski slope for skiers and snowboarders featuring a 75m long conveyor belt ski lift and the latest snow-making technology. What a time to be alive!

Family making a snowman at Corin Forest

Snow play at Corin Forest on a budget

Kids will squeal in delight at the REAL (man-made) snow!  But, if your family aren’t ski bunnies, that’s perfectly fine because the snow play area allows for tobogganing down hills, snow man making and who could resist making a family of snow angels.

“We stuck to the snow play area and let the kids run around and play,” says Tiffany.  “We hired a toboggan for Xavier and he loved riding down the hill on it.”

Father and 2 children tobogganing in snow at Corin Forest

Toboggan hire is $5 for 2.5hrs making it a steal if you don’t have your own.

The snow play area was very age appropriate for Xavier who was 4 at the time, our daughter Scarlett was 2 at the time had plenty of fun too.

Child and snowman at Corin Forest

Beginners Lessons at Corin Forest

If you’ve yet to experience Olympic gold in skiing or snowboarding, no biggie. Corin Forest offers lessons in both skiing and snowboarding for the kidlets and adults. The slope is custom built so you’re descent is gentle. 

Kids 4-14 $109 for 2.5hrs group lessons

Adults 15+ $129 for 2hr group lesson

Kids ski lessons at Corin Forest

Gear Hire at Corin Forest

If this is your first time at the snow, the great thing is that cost to hire it is fair.

“Try to book all your gear hire online so that you don’t waste time when you get there,” says Tiffany.

Jacket and Pants hire $20 for 2.5 hrs and boot hire is another $15 for 2.5hrs. 

Ski and snowboard hire is $40 for 3.5 hrs.

“I would definitely go back. It is a good place to introduce kids to the snow. It’s not as busy and chaotic as the snow fields and is cheaper,” says Tiffany.

Have you found a holiday destination that you think other families would love to hear about? Share it with us below. If you’re looking at saving some money on snow gear hire for your next trip to the snow, check out this mum’s hack that will save you and your friends hundreds! 

About the Author:

Alex is your average caffeine addicted mum on a quest to share her experiences and learn from yours. Her world revolves around her baby girl, four-year-old son and hubby Rob. She lives with her family in Sydney's South West and when she's not writing, you can find her engrossed in the latest true crime docu-series or trying to get kids to at least try the broccoli.

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